C. Thomas Caskey


C. Thomas Caskey

MD, FACP, FRSC has over 35 years of experience in molecular genetics. He currently serves as Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu).

Dr. Caskey was the Director and CEO of the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (www.uthouston.edu/imm). He previously served as Senior Vice President, Human Genetics and Vaccines Discovery at Merck Research Laboratories, West Point and as President of the Merck Genome Research Institute (www.merck.com/research).

Dr. Caskey is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics, and Molecular Genetics with 25 years of patient care experience in these specialties. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (www.nasonline.org), Institute of Medicine (www.iom.edu), Royal Society of Canada (www.rsc.ca), member & Chair of the Board on Health Sciences Policy – Institute of Medicine and past President of the American Society of Human Genetics (www.ashg.org) and the Human Genome Organization (www.hugo-international.org), and Texas Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science. He is an editor of the Annual Reviews of Medicine (www.annualreviews.org/journal/med).

Dr. Caskey has received numerous academic and industry honors. His genetic research has identified the genetic basis of 15 major inheritable diseases and opened up the understanding of triplet repeat diseases (Fragile X, myotonic dystrophy and others). His personal identification patent is the basis of worldwide application for forensic science and he is also a consultant to the FBI in forensic science. Recent publications address the utility of genome wide sequencing to preventive medical care. His current research is focused on the genetic basis of schizophrenia.