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University of California San Diego School of Medicine Names Chair of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Don Cleveland, PhD

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The University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine has named Don Cleveland, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Neurosciences, and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and head of the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, as chair of its Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. Dr. Cleveland's laboratory at UCSD focuses on molecular genetics and cell biology of mammalian chromosome movement and spindle assembly during mitosis as well as molecular genetics of axonal growth and motor neuron disease - in particular that of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He is known for pioneering discoveries of the mechanisms of chromosome movement and cell-cycle control during normal cellular division, as well as of the principles of neuronal cell development and their relationship to the defects that contribute to inherited neurodegenerative disease. His work is supported by the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, the National Institutes of Health, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the ALS Association.

Dr. Cleveland is an alumnus of New Mexico State University, where he earned a BS in Physics in 1972, and of Princeton University, where he earned a PhD in Biochemical Sciences in 1977. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California San Francisco and served as a professor in the departments of biological chemistry and neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before joining UCSD in 1995. Dr. Cleveland was elected into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences as well as the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.

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