Frederick Grinnell, Ph.D.

Robert McLemore Professor of Medical Science
Department of Cell Biology
Ethics in Science and Medicine Program 

Frederick Grinnell took his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Clark University (1966) and Ph.D. in biochemistry at Tufts New England Medical Center (1970), after which he moved to Dallas for postdoctoral work in the UTSW Biochemistry Department. In 1972, he joined the UTSW faculty in the Department of Cell Biology. Dr. Grinnell has published more than 150 scientific research papers and reviews and is known internationally for his research on the cell biology of wound healing and tissue mechanics. From 1973 to 2014, his laboratory was funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health including a MERIT award from 1999-2008.

An interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Grinnell also works in the bioethics field at the boundary between science and philosophy. His goal is to advance science education and public understanding of science. In 1991, he initiated research integrity teaching for UTSW graduate students. In 1998, he founded and was first director of the UT Southwestern Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine, and in 2004 he organized the North Texas Bioethics Network. He is a member of the Southwestern Academy of Teachers and recipient of a UT System Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012 and Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award in 2017. In 2020, his Introduction to Biomedical Ethics elective won first place in the  UT System Shine Academy Innovations in Health Science Education competition.

Professor Grinnell has written two books to help students understand the process and nature of science. The Scientific Attitude first was published in 1987 and now is in its second edition (Guilford Press, 1992). Everyday Practice of Science: Where Intuition and Passion Meet Objectivity and Logic was published in 2009 by Oxford University Press and in the following year shortlisted for the UK Royal Society Science Book Prize. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) elected by the Section on History and Philosophy of Science.