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Noted biomedical scientist Michael Kotlikoff is named dean of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. M. I. Kotlikoff Michael I. Kotlikoff, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cornell University, has been named dean of the university's renowned College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell President David J. Skorton and Provost Carolyn (Biddy) Martin announced today.

Cornell began a search for a new dean in April 2006, shortly after Donald F. Smith, the Austin O. Hooey Dean of Veterinary Medicine, announced he was stepping down on June 30, 2007, ending a 10-year deanship to return to the veterinary faculty. Kotlikoff's five-year term as dean begins July 1.

"I am very pleased that Dr. Michael Kotlikoff will be the next dean of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine," said Skorton. "Dr. Kotlikoff brings to his new post a distinguished record of scientific achievement and administrative leadership along with a good understanding of Cornell. His leadership will enhance the college's contributions in a complex and rapidly changing world."

Provost Martin, who led the search effort with Search Committee chair Stephen Kresovich, vice provost for life sciences, said: "I am pleased that Professor Kotlikoff has agreed to lead the college. Mike has been an excellent chair of Biomedical Sciences, and I know he will bring that same dedication and vision to the deanship. He is an excellent scholar, who will work hard to protect and enhance our reputation as the premier institution for veterinary medical education and continue to build bridges between the life sciences in Ithaca and the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City."

The Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked the best veterinary college in the nation in U.S. News and World Report's 2008 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools," and it has consistently been ranked at the top since 2000.

"I am deeply honored to be chosen as the dean of Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine and would like to thank Provost Martin, President Skorton, Vice Provost Kresovich and the Search Committee for their efforts on behalf of the college and their confidence in my abilities," said Kotlikoff. "I look forward to working with faculty, students, staff and friends to continue the outstanding tradition of innovation and leadership that has distinguished the college, and to maintain Cornell's position at the forefront of veterinary medicine."

As dean, Kotlikoff will be the chief academic and administrative officer of the College of Veterinary Medicine, which has approximately 265 faculty, 680 staff members, 320 doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) and 145 graduate students.

With an estimated annual budget of $100 million and more than 5,000 alumni, Kotlikoff will be responsible for overseeing the college's administrative operations and programs of teaching, research and outreach, including the New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, and will play a key leadership role in the college's relationship to the University and leaders of veterinary medicine in New York State and the nation.

Kotlikoff, who was recruited to Cornell from the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, has chaired the Provost's Cornell Local Advisory Committee and the Mammalian Genomics Initiative; 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 directs the Cornell Core Transgenic Mouse Facility.

His laboratory is internationally recognized in the areas of mouse genetics, cardiac and smooth muscle biology, and cell signaling. Kotlikoff has pioneered efforts to understand complex physiological processes at the molecular level through the use of genetics, molecular design and advanced optics. Work from his laboratory has provided vital insights into heart development, injury and repair, and the molecular basis for abnormal muscle contractility.

At the University of Pennsylvania, Kotlikoff was 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, and held a joint appointment in the Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine. He received his V.M.D., summa cum laude, from Penn in 1981 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of California-Davis in physiology.