David Russell

Vice Provost & Dean of Basic Research at The University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center

David Russell

David Russell

Vice Provost & Dean of Basic Research at The University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center

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David W. Russell, Ph.D.
Eugene McDermott Distinguished Chair in Molecular Genetics Biophysics and Molecular Genetics
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

David W. Russell received a B.A. degree in biology from UT Austin in 1975 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina in 1980. He was a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation post doctoral fellow from 1980-1982 with the Nobel laureate Michael Smith (Chemistry, 1993) at the University of British Columbia. He joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 1982, was promoted to professor in 1990, and received the McDermott Distinguished Chair of Molecular Genetics in 1992.
Dr. Russell's research interests are in cholesterol metabolism, in particular the enzymatic pathways that dispose of cholesterol. His laboratory has isolated over a dozen genes that encode enzymes involved in cholesterol breakdown, and has identified the molecular bases of six human genetic diseases characterized by abnormal cholesterol metabolism. Dr. Russell and Dr. Joseph Sambrook are the authors of the best selling molecular biology cloning manual entitled "Molecular Cloning", published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. Dr. Russell is the recipient of a research career development award from the National Institutes of Health, the Katz Award from the American Heart Association, the Kilby Science Place Award from Texas Instruments, the Oppenheimer Award from the Endocrine Society, the Windaus Prize from the Falck Foundation, and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.

Dr. Russell teaches introductory and advanced courses in biochemistry and molecular biology to medical and graduate students and is a member of numerous administrative committees at the medical school. He has served on the editorial boards of Biochemistry, Journal of Lipid Research, Annual Reviews of Biochemistry, Journal of Biological Chemistry, and Molecular Endocrinology. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Cell Metabolism, Trends in Biochemical Sciences, and as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He reviews research grant applications and programs for the US National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and is a consultant to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

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Chairman, Department of Molecular Genetics at The University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center

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Chairman, Department of Developmental Biology at The University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center

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Vice Provost & Dean of Basic Research at The University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center
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UT Southwestern Medical Center is distinctive for its overall quality and for the strength of its three core missions of education, research, and patient care. These mission components are highly interdependent; each is integral to and enhances the others.UT Southwestern consists today of three degree-granting schools and a University Health System of hospitals and clinics. Its faculty is renowned for including six Nobel Laureates (one now Emeritus) and many members of the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine, and UT Southwestern Medical Center is either nationally ranked or rated as high performing in nearly a dozen specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies. HHMI plays a prominent role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States. Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 3,000 individuals across the U.S. HHMI has an endowment of $16.1 billion of which the Institute spent $800 million for research and distributed $119 million in grant support for science education in fiscal year 2012

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