Thomas Carroll, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of the Division of Nephrology.

Originally from Burbank, California, Dr. Carroll holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California-Davis. He earned his doctorate in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin, and subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University in Boston.

Dr. Carroll joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2004 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2011. He was promoted to tenured Professor in 2016.

Dr. Carroll is internationally recognized as one of the top scientists in kidney development and research in polycystic kidney disease. He is widely cited for his important work on the mechanisms whereby members of the Wnt family of glycoproteins regulate the formation of new nephrons in the developing kidney. He also published a paper describing a signaling mechanism whereby stromal epithelial cells regulate kidney progenitor cell differentiation and proliferation through modulation of the Hippo signaling pathway. Dr. Carroll's work in the understanding of the signaling mechanisms involved in kidney induction during development has important implications for kidney disease and possible regenerative strategies.

Dr. Carroll's laboratory has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and he has been recognized for his mentorship of new investigators and junior faculty members. He has directly overseen the training of graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and medical students.


Uni of California-Davis (1992), Biology
Graduate School
University of Texas-Austin (1999), Zoology

Research Interest

  • Cancer
  • Developmental Biology
  • Metabolism
  • Single cell transcriptomics
  • Stem/progenitor cells
  • Tissue engineering and regeneration


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Honors & Awards

  • A.S.N. Gottschalk Career Development Award
  • A.H.A. Scientist Development Grant

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society for Nephrology
  • Society for Developmental Biology