Thom McDade is a biological anthropologist who specializes in human population biology. His work is primarily concerned with the dynamic interrelationships among society, biology and health over the life course, with an emphasis on stress and the human immune system. Much of this work focuses on the long-term effects of early environments, and the development and application of minimally-invasive methods for integrating biological measures into population-based, social science research. Ongoing projects in the US and overseas are investigating the early life origins of social disparities in health later in life.
Dr. McDade is the Director of the Laboratory for Human Biology Research, the Director of Cells to Society (C2S): Centre on Social Disparities and Health and Director of the Graduate Cluster in Society, Biology, and Health. He is also a Fellow of the Child and Brain Development program at the Canadian Institute for Advanced research. Dr. McDade's work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and he was a 2002 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).