Michael Kotlikoff became the new Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine on July 1, 2007. At that time, he also became a state-appointed member of the Committee of the Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund for Equine Research.
Dr. Kotlikoff received his V.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of California at Davis in 1984. He came to the College in 2000 from the University of Pennsylvania where he was serving as professor and chair of the Department of Animal Biology and Director of the Center for Animal Transgenesis and Germ Cell Research in the School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon joining the faculty at Cornell he become professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, a position he occupied until becoming Dean.
While at Cornell Dr. Kotlikoff has chaired the University Local Advisoty Committee and the Mammalian Genomics Initiative. He has served on the Cornell Genomics and Life Sciences Task Force, the Cornell Institute for Biotechnology and Life Science Technologies Scientific Administrative Board, and the Cornell Neurosciences Steering Committee, and directed the Cornell Core Transgenic Mouse Facility until assuming the position of Dean of the College. He continues to serve as Senior Editor at the Journal of Physiology.
Dr. Kotlikoff's laboratory works on the molecular processes underlying excitation-contraction coupling and rhythmicity in cardiac and smooth muscle cells. A major goal of the laboratory is to understand processes of intercellular communication, the generation of spontaneous electrical activity, and the processes regulating cardiac repair. Techniques used to study these processes include gene targeting, development of in vivo imaging methods using genetically targeted cell sensors, embryonic stem cell engraftment, patch clamp measurements of ion channel function, and in vivo confocal and wide-field imaging. More information