Thomas Yorio, PhD

Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs

Thomas-Yorio-webDr. Thomas Yorio is Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience and a member of the North Texas Eye Research Institute at UNTHSC. He was Founding Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and currently serves as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.

He received his PhD in Pharmacology from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, where he remained for a brief postdoctoral appointment as a National Science Foundation Fellow and a National Kidney Foundation Fellow. He joined UNTHSC in 1977 as an Assistant Professor and later served as Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research.

An ocular pharmacologist, Dr. Yorio has made many contributions to the area of glaucoma, with research over the last three decades focused in the areas on transport in aqueous humor dynamics, endothelin pharmacology in glaucoma and in identifying potential targets for neuroprotection. His work is recognized internationally and has led to numerous presentations at national and international symposia on glaucoma.

Actively funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DoD) for his work in glaucoma pharmacology, Dr. Yorio has had grants from the National Eye Institutes (NEI), National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, pharmaceutical industry and foundations.

Dr. Yorio has been a major proponent in increasing under-represented minorities into the biomedical sciences. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), with Dr. Yorio serving as Dean, had the highest percent enrollment of African-Americans and Hispanic students of all the health science centers in Texas over a several-year period. During this time, GSBS was designated a Role Model institution by Minority Access Inc., an NIH-sponsored organization. In addition, the Graduate School Office of Outreach received the coveted 2001 National Science Foundation Presidential Award for Science Mentoring Outreach and was recognized during the Clinton administration for Best Practices.

He has published more than 135 peer-reviewed research articles, numerous reviews and book chapters, and is co-editor of a textbook. He also serves as associate editor for several scientific journals and is Co-Editor in Chief of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science.

Dr. Yorio is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, where he served as a Trustee and Vice President and was honored with both The Distinguished Service Award and as Fellow, the gold medal. An active member of the International Society for Eye Research (ISER) for more than 20 years, he has chaired or helped organize several symposia for the ISER congress, and received the Ernst H. Barany Prize from ISER recognizing his contributions to ocular pharmacology.