Thomas Linsenmayer, PhD

Thomas Linsenmayer, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Integrative Physiology & Pathobiology



BS, Biology, University of Pittsburgh
MS, Developmental Biology, University of Pittsburgh
PhD, Developmental Biology, University of Virginia
Postdoctoral Training, Massachusetts General Hospital


Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 3
Laboratory: Jaharis 329 & 332

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-6695
Lab Phone: 617-636-3957
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology


Research Synopsis

I no longer accept dissertation students but I am an active participant in graduate education through teaching and committee service.

My laboratory studies a number of aspects of developmental biology, chiefly in the cornea of the embryonic chicken. One area of research involves a tissue-specific mechanism we have discovered in corneal epithelial (CE) cells that prevents UV light-induced and oxidative damage to nuclear DNA. CE cells have virtually no tumors, possibly due to this mechanism for preventing these types of damage. The other area of research involves corneal innervation which is necessary for transducing sensations of pain and maintaining the cornea in a healthy state. Thus, pathological conditions that interfere with innervation and nerve function can lead to chronic pain, ulceration, and even loss of transparency.


Lab Members

Kristin Olsson, Senior Research Assistant  Send an e-mail 
Christopher Talbot, Senior Research Assistant  

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research