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Dean recognized for leadership and research

Dean Michael KotlikoffCornell University Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine Michael Kotlikoff will receive the highest honor bestowed by UC Davis' College of Veterinary Medicine at the College's commencement scheduled for June 13, 2008 - the Alumni Achievement Award. Kotlikoff earned the award in recognition of his outstanding personal and professional contributions to cardiovascular research and leadership in academic veterinary medicine.

Kotlikoff is a professor of biomedical sciences and the Austin O. Hooey Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. He has made important contributions to understanding of the molecular processes underlying cardiac and smooth muscle function. He has made numerous contributions to the understanding of muscle excitability and the regulation of intracellular calcium release. Recently his laboratory has pioneered the use of genetically encoded protein sensors to understand cellular signaling in vivo. He has long been an advocate for advancing veterinary medicine through research and attracting veterinarians to research and academic careers, and has promoted and facilitated university-wide mammalian genetics and genomics research at Cornell University.

Kotlikoff has published more than 100 research papers, including a recent featured article in the journal Nature on cardiac repair, and has served as a reviewer on numerous editorial boards and study sections. He is currently senior editor of The Journal of Physiology and has been appointed to the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute/National Institutes of Health.

In 2000 he joined the faculty of Cornell University, where he has served as chair of the Mammalian Genomics Focus Group for the Cornell Genomics Initiative, director of the Cornell Core Transgenic Mouse Facility and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Kotlikoff completed his veterinary degree (V.M.D.) at University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and Ph.D. in physiology at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. He has served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine as professor and chair of the Department of Animal Biology, and on the faculty of the School of Medicine in the Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Division and Department of Medicine. From 1998 to 2000 he was director of the Center for Animal Transgenesis and Germ Cell Research.

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