Dr. Gaulton served as a director of the Science Center from 2005 until 2017, and has been a director emeritus since 2017. He serves as Vice Dean and Director of the Center for Global Health, and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.
In this capacity Dr. Gaulton oversees the full scope of global heath activities in the school, with a mission to improve health equity worldwide through improved awareness and access to care, discovery and outcomes-based research, and comprehensive educational programs grounded in partnership.
Prior to this appointment Dr. Gaulton served for 16 years as the lead scientific officer of the Perelman School. In this capacity he supervised all aspects of the school’s research and research training enterprise and was responsible for both stimulating new research endeavors and providing the optimal intellectual and administrative support for ongoing research and education programs.
Dr. Gaulton received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He conducted postgraduate research in immunology at the School of Public Health and School of Medicine at Harvard University. I
n 1985 Dr. Gaulton was appointed Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He was subsequently appointed as Associate Professor with tenure and from 1998 as full Professor. Dr. Gaulton was appointed Associate Dean and Director of the Combined Degree and Physician Scholar Programs in 1993, Director of Biomedical Graduate Studies in 1995, Vice Dean for Research and Research Training in 1998, and as Executive Vice Dean and Chief Scientific Officer in 2006.
Dr. Gaulton's research interests are in the area viral pathogenesis, early detection of pathogen infection, and outcomes research in global health. Dr. Gaulton has published over 100 manuscripts and texts, and directly supervised the research training of over forty students and fellows. Dr. Gaulton serves on the Executive Advisory Board of five organizations, is an editor and/or reviewer for nine scholarly journals, and has been chair of four NIH study sections.
Dr. Gaulton has received numerous awards for teaching and research, including the Dean's Award for Basic Science Teaching, the Berwick Memorial Teaching Award, the Lindback Award, the Harry Weaver Neuroscience Scholar Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the Leukemia Society Scholar Award.