Terry Magnuson, PhD

Terry Magnuson, MDDr. Terry Magnuson was appointed as the School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Research in July, 2010.

Dr. Magnuson was recruited to Carolina in 2000 as founding chair of the Department of Genetics and Director of the newly established Carolina Center for Genome Sciences. He also created the Cancer Genetics Program in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. A founding member of the International Mammalian Genome Society, Dr. Magnuson also served on the external advisory committee for the Mouse Genome Database at the Jackson Laboratory and was Chair of the Jackson Laboratory Board of Scientific Overseers.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Society for Developmental Biology and also for the Genetics Society of America. He was appointed by the National Academy of Sciences to help establish guidelines for work with human embryonic stem cells and currently is a member of the NIH stem cell working group. He was elected to the American Academy of Sciences in 2007 and the AAAS in 2009.

The work in the Magnuson lab focuses on the role of mammalian genes in unique epigenetic phenomena such as genomic imprinting and X-chromosome inactivation. The lab also studies the tumor suppressor role of the BAF/PBAF chromatin remodeling complexes and has developed a novel genome-wide mutagenesis strategy.

Dr. Magnuson received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF.