Lab Members

Steven Carroll, MD, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where he holds the Gordon R. Hennigar, Jr., MD, Endowed Chair in Pathology. Dr. Carroll also serves as the System Chief of the MUSC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Integrated Center of Clinical Excellence (ICCE), the Director of the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Neuropathology Laboratory (Brain Bank) and the Director of the Hollings Cancer Center Biorepository & Tissue Analysis Shared Resource. Dr. Carroll is a practicing neuropathologist certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology. Dr. Carroll has over 25 years of experience as a molecular neurobiologist using human tissues, genetically engineered mouse models and genomic analyses to investigate the molecular basis of diseases of the human nervous system. Dr. Carroll is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Pathology and the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology and serves on the Editorial Board of Neuro-Oncology. Dr. Carroll, in partnership with the Children's Tumor Foundation, has established a national network that collects and banks tissues from patients with neurofibromatosis type a (NF1), NF2 or schwannomatosis. Dr. Carroll is also a founding member of the Down Syndrome Biobank Consortium, an international consortium that banks brain tissue and other biospecimens from patients that have Down syndrome-associated Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Carroll received his B.S. degree with majors in vertebrate zoology, chemistry and archeology from the University of Memphis in 1981. He then attended Baylor College of Medicine, receiving his Ph.D. in Cell Biology in 1986 and his M.D. in 1988. Dr. Carroll's dissertation research was performed in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Schwartz and focused on the structure and genetic regulation of the chicken α-smooth muscle actin gene, which is essential for vascular function. Dr. Carroll's Anatomic Pathology Residency and Neuropathology Fellowship were performed at the Washington University School of Medicine (1988-1994). Dr. Carroll also completed his postdoctoral research fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Milbrandt before joining the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine. Prior to his arrival at MUSC, Dr. Carroll was Professor of Pathology, Neurobiology and Cell Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Director of the UAB Division of Neuropathology. While at UAB, Dr. Carroll served as an attending neuropathologist at the University of Alabama Hospital, the Birmingham VA, UAB Highlands Hospital and Alabama Children's Hospital. He was a Scientist in the UAB Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the Mental Retardation Research Center, the Center for Aging, the Center for Glial Biology in Medicine, the Civitan International Research Center and the Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics as well as being as a Member of the Comprehensive Neuroscience Center and a Senior Scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Carroll and his wife Pam have two daughters, Heather and Kristen, and three granddaughters, Charlotte, Sophia and Alice. They share their home with three furballs: Sarge, who is an American foxhound, Ringo the basset hound and their cat, Mr. Bosley. Dr. Carroll is an amateur paleontologist although, sadly, he doesn't get many opportunities to fossil hunt these days.


Dr. Carroll's granddaughters: Sophia, Charlotte, and Alice 
Dr. Carroll's granddaughters: Sophia, Charlotte, and Alice.
Dr. Carroll's dog, Sarge. 
Dr. Carroll's dog, Sarge.
Dr. Carroll's dog, Ringo 
Dr. Carroll's dog, Ringo.