Thurmond Scientific Biography

Debbie C. Thurmond, Ph.D., holder of the Ruth B. & Robert K. Lanman Chair in Gene Regulation and Drug Discovery Research, serves as professor and founding chair in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology within the Diabetes and Metabolic Research Institute at City of Hope.
A renowned expert in the biological underpinnings of diabetes, Dr. Thurmond pursues her investigations with the support of five research awards from the National Institutes of Health, JDRF and the American Heart Association. She currently serves as associate editor of the journals Diabetologia and Frontiers in Endocrinology and is a member of multiple editorial boards, as well as national and international grant review panels.

Before joining City of Hope in 2015, Dr. Thurmond was on the faculty at Indiana University for 14 years, rising through the ranks to full professor. IU honored her with its prestigious Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award in 2011. At that institution, she also served as associate director of the Basic Diabetes Group, garnering an NIH T32 grant to support that program, and as Islet Core PI/director for the NIH P30 Core Center Grant in diabetes.

Dr. Thurmond was an NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Jeffrey E. Pessin, Ph.D., now at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa under the mentorship of Alan G. Goodridge, Ph.D., and her M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of California Davis.