Pathologist Investigator Residency / Research Training Program - PIRRT Current Trainees

Mission Statement
Program Overview
Program Requirements
Application Procedure
Phase I Application
Phase II Application
PIRRT Selection Committee
Current Trainees
Physician Scientist Graduates
Download PIRRT Flyer (PDF)
News and Updates
Contact Us




Thomas Pearce, MD, PhD (Washington University in St. Louis, expected 2014)

  • My scientific interests are centered around understanding how the brain processes information, particularly during behaviors critical to every-day life such as learning, memory, and control of movement. For my research years during residency (through the PIRRT program) and neuropathology fellowship training, I am excited to working in the laboratory of Rob Turner, studying the cortico-thalamo-basal ganglia circuit in a primate model of Parkinsonism.
  • Clinically, I find the diagnostic process of Pathology interesting; and given my love of the brain, I am unsurprisingly planning to specialize further with a fellowship in Neuropathology.
  • Outside of the lab/hospital, I love outdoor activities like hiking, biking, golf, tennis, and team sports of all varieties. I also enjoy brewing beer, cooking, and computer programming. Walking through Squirrel Hill to try all the excellent restaurants is another favorite activity.