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Meet the Director

W. Lee Kraus, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Cecil H. and Ida Green Center for Reproductive Biology Sciences, is Vice Chair for Basic Sciences and Chief of the Division of Basic Reproductive Biology Research of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has a secondary appointment as Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and is the Assistant Director for Basic Research in the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Kraus also holds the Cecil H. and Ida Green Distinguished Chair in Reproductive Biology Sciences.

He completed graduate research on the regulation of steroid hormone receptor activity in the laboratory of Benita S. Katzenellenbogen, Ph.D., at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and received his Ph.D. in 1994. Dr. Kraus did his postdoctoral research on the mechanisms of transcriptional regulation with chromatin in the laboratory of Jim Kadonaga, Ph.D., at the University of California, San Diego.

During his postdoctoral work, Dr. Kraus was supported by fellowships from the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society, California Division.

Prior to joining the faculty at UT Southwestern, Dr. Kraus was a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Cornell University in Ithaca. He also held a joint appointment in the Department of Pharmacology at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City.

Dr. Kraus has been supported by a Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences/Reproductive Biology from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, as well as grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Endocrine Society, and the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Kraus has trained more than 21 postdocs, 18 Ph.D. students, eight clinician scientists, and 20 undergraduate researchers. He has published more than 100 original research articles and reviews in peer-reviewed journals. He also has won a number of research and teaching awards, including the Endocrine Society’s Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award for research excellence (2007), the Endocrine Society's Ernst Oppenheimer Award for research excellence (2014), the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Young Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (2004), and the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award (2008).

Dr. Kraus is a founder of Ribon Therapeutics. Ribon Therapeutics is pioneering the discovery and development of PARP monoenzyme inhibitors to block cancer cells’ fundamental ability to survive under stress.