Richard D. Kolodner, PhD
Professor of Medicine
University of California, San Diego; Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
La Jolla, California
Richard D. Kolodner, Ph.D., is a member of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, San Diego Branch, where he is head of the Laboratory of Cancer Genetics. He is also a professor in the departments of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, and is a member of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center's Cancer Genetics Program and the UCSD Institute of Genome Medicine. Dr. Kolodner also serves as head of academic affairs for the worldwide operations of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. He received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Irvine. He went on to become a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. From 1978 to 1997, he was an assistant, associate and full professor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the department of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Kolodner's seminal work in DNA recombination and repair, and his fundamentally important discoveries about DNA mismatch repair and the pathways that prevent genome instability over the last several decades have proved to be central to understanding the genetics of cancer susceptibility. Because of these contributions, he has received numerous honors and awards including the Charles S. Mott Prize of the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation, the Kirk A. Landon-AACR Award for Basic Cancer Research and election to the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.