Dr. Bert O’Malley, long-time chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, became chancellor of Baylor College of Medicine July 1, 2018. As chancellor, he serves as an advisor to the president and the provost, participates in strategic planning and acts as an ambassador of the College. He will also continue to direct his research lab, which focuses on molecular endocrinology..
During his 45 years as chair, the department was routinely listed in the top five in the nation in securing National Institutes of Health funding; more than five times as No.1. It is currently ranked fourth in the country in cell biology.
Considered the “founding father” of the field of molecular endocrinology, O’Malley is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. He won the National Medal of Science in 2007, accepting it in a ceremony at the White House in 2008. He has received more than 65 honors and science prizes in his career.
He has trained more than 250 scientists and published over 650 papers. He holds 24 patents in the fields of gene regulation, molecular endocrinology, steroid receptor and coactivator action, and cell proteomics and metabolism.
Dr. O’Malley has received seven honorary degrees, from New York Medical College; Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden; National University of Ireland; University of Maryland; University of Pennsylvania; University of Pittsburgh and University of Athens, Greece.
A native of Pittsburgh, he received a bachelor’s degree of science from the University of Pittsburgh and a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency training at Duke University School of Medicine.
He worked as a clinical associate and then head of the Molecular Biology Section of the Endocrine Branch of the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health during his early career. He served as a professor of the Reproductive Biology Center at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine before joining the Baylor faculty in 1973.
O’Malley is the fourth chancellor of the College. Preceding him in that role were Dr. Michael DeBakey, Dr. William Butler and Dr. Bobby R. Alford.