Kenneth E. Arnold, P.E. | Bettie Sue Masters, Ph.D., D.Sc. | David W. Russell
, Ph.D. | Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H. | Ben G. Streetman, Ph.D. | The Honorable Gordon R. England | Naomi J. Halas, Ph.D. | Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. | Danny O. Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S. | Nancy A. Jenkins, Ph.D. | Melvin F. Kanninen, Ph.D. | Joanne R. Lupton, Ph.D. | David J. Meltzer, Ph.D. | Robert M. Metcalfe, Ph.D. | Danny D. Reible, Ph.D. | Peter G. Wolynes, Ph.D. | Sharon L. Wood, Ph.D. | The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison | Michael S. Brown, M.D. | Board of Directors
David W. Russell, Ph.D., Vice President
Vice Provost and Dean of Basic Research
Dr. 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 postdoctoral fellow from 1980-1982 with 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.
interests are in cholesterol metabolism, in particular the enzymatic pathways that dispose of cholesterol.
laboratory has isolated over a dozen genes that encode enzymes involved in cholesterol breakdown, and has identified the molecular bases of seven human genetic diseases characterized by abnormal lipid metabolism.
and Dr. Joseph Sambrook are the authors of the 3rd edition of the best-selling laboratory manual titled Molecular Cloning published by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
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 U.S. Endocrine Society, the Windaus Prize from the Falck Foundation of Germany, the Avanti Award in Lipids from the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Barbara H. Bowman Distinguished Geneticist Award from the Texas Genetics Society.
was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
in 2006 and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
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, Annual Reviews of Biochemistry, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Trends in Biochemical Sciences and Molecular Endocrinology, and now serves on the editorial boards of Cell Metabolism, the Journal of Lipid Research and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A.
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 law firms, the pharmaceutical industry, and biotechnology companies.
In December of 2010, Russell joined the UT Southwestern administration as Vice Provost and Dean of Basic Research.
His responsibilities include strategic planning and development of research initiatives across campus, research faculty recruitment to departments and centers, and oversight of the basic science departments, graduate education, the Animal Resource Center, and core laboratory facilities.