In September 2009, Dr. Richard S. (Rick) Mitchell died in a tragic accident. Dr. Mitchell was a long-time colleague and member of Dr. John Guatelli’s research laboratory at UC San Diego.
Dr. Mitchell obtained his undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Frederic Bushman, when he was at the Salk Institute. While in Dr. Bushman's lab, Dr. Mitchell provided key insights into how and where HIV-1 integrates into the host cell DNA.
At UC San Diego, Dr. Mitchell studied the HIV-1 accessory proteins Nef and Vpu, and described how they alter the trafficking of host cell proteins to allow the virus to evade the immune response.
Dr. Mitchell was admired and respected for his scientific accomplishments, his enthusiasm, and the kind-hearted and gentle manner with which he interacted with virtually everyone. He is greatly missed.
The Mitchell family established the Rick Mitchell Memorial Fund in his honor, through the UC San Diego AIDS Research Institute. Donations are used to support an annual Mitchell Memorial Lecture at UC San Diego and may also be used to directly support the work of HIV Institute scientists.
If you would like to donate to the Rick Mitchell Memorial Fund, please do the following:
The HIV Institute
University of California, San Diego
Attn: Liz Johnson
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0716
La Jolla, CA 92093-0716
Thank you for considering a donation in honor of our much missed friend and colleague. If you have any questions, please e-mail or call us at 858-246-2103.