Sean Morrison completed his undergraduate studies in his native Canada, earning a BSc in biology and chemistry with First Class Honors from Dalhousie University in 1991. After he received his PhD in immunology from Stanford University in 1996, he went on to postdoctoral studies in neurobiology at the California Institute of Technology.
Since 1999, Morrison has been at the University of Michigan, where he is Henry Sewall Professor in Medicine and director of the University of Michigan Center for Stem Cell Biology. His laboratory studies the mechanisms that regulate stem cell self-renewal and stem cell aging, as well as the link between stem cell function and cancer.
In addition to his research, which has been featured in high-impact journals such as Nature and Cell, Morrison has been active in public policy issues surrounding stem cells. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research and a member of the American Society for Cell Biology Public Policy Committee. In recognition of his public policy work, the Detroit News named Morrison one of its 2006 Michiganians of the Year. His other honors include being named to Technology Review Magazine’s list of 100 young innovators (2002), the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the White House (2003), and the Pfizer Young Michigan Biomedical Investigator of the Year Award (2007).