Vice President for Research


James J. Tomasek, PhD
Vice President for Research
David Ross Boyd Professor of Cell Biology


Dr. James Tomasek received the BS degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1975 and the PhD (1980) from the University at Albany-State University of New York. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School from 1980-1983 and joined the faculty of New York Medical College where he served from 1983-1988. In 1988, he moved to the College of Medicine at OUHSC as an Associate Professor in Anatomical Sciences. He was a visiting scientist at the University College London and the University of Geneva in Switzerland in 1999. He was appointed Professor of Cell Biology in 2000 and David Ross Boyd Professor in 2007. He served as Dean of the Graduate College from 2003-2014 and is presently the Vice President for Research at OUHSC.

Dr. Tomasek has a distinguished research career in the area of the biomechanics and molecular and cellular basis of wound healing and tissue repair. His work has been supported by grants from NIH, the  Burroughs-Wellcome Fund, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, and various industrial partners. He has authored over 60 scientific publications.  Dr. Tomasek has served as a member of the Editorial Board of Wound Repair and Regeneration for the past 5 years and has been a member of several other scientific editorial boards.  He has served and chaired numerous grant review panels and is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research. He received the Aesculapian Award six times and the Stanton L. Young Master Teacher Award for his teaching of human embryology to medical students at OUHSC.