Ph.D., Mass. Institute of Technology (1988)
A.B., College of the Holy Cross (1983)
Professor Curran's high school chemistry teacher told him not to major in chemistry, but like many headstrong teenagers, he did not heed that advice. He earned an A.B. in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from the College of the Holy Cross in 1983, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1988 from M.I.T. After a year of postdoctoral work in enzymology/molecular biology at Harvard Medical School, Professor Curran joined the research staff at Alkermes, then a startup biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA. From 1991-2000 Professor Curran was on the faculty at Holy Cross. He came to Trinity in 2000. In 2010 he received the Thomas Church Brownell Prize for excellence in teaching. Professor Curran has been a co-author on 28 peer-reviewed papers; 14 of these papers have 29 different undergraduate student co-authors. He lives in Wethersfield, CT. Beyond Trinity Professor Curran is involved with his church, volunteering with social action projects; he is also a distance runner who, in 2015, has run the Aselton Snow Dash, the Colchester Half Marathon, and the Keane Foundation 5K. He was supposed to run the Chicago Marathon with his son in October, but a foot injury has put him on the disabled list. He hopes to be running again soon.