Prof. Perkins is an expert in the visual communication of complex biomedical subject matter, particularly in the areas of cell biology, molecular biology, physiology, and pathology. He has illustrated over 40 medical textbooks and serves as a consultant to major medical publishers.
For 20 years, he has been the sole illustrator for Robbins and Cotran's Pathologic Basis of Disease, one of the best-selling medical books of all time. Recently, he served as consulting art editor for the 8th edition of Marieb's Human Anatomy and Physiology, the world's most popular undergraduate anatomy text.
Prof. Perkins also serves as one of three illustrators who carry on the work of Dr. Frank H. Netter, hailed as the greatest medical illustrator of our time. Perkins contributes most of the molecular and cellular art to new titles bearing the Netter name: http://www.netterimages.com/artist/perkins.htm
Prof. Perkins received his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Geology from Cornell University in 1985. He studied paleontology and anatomy at the University of Texas, Austin and University of Rochester, completing all coursework towards the PhD in 1989. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Medical Illustration from RIT in 1992. After six years working in Atlanta, he joined the RIT faculty in 1998.
Prof. Perkins is a Board Certified Medical Illustrator (CMI), Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators (FAMI), and currently serves as President of the Vesalius Trust for Visual Communication in the Health Sciences.