Prof. Emeritus Don Clewell University of Michigan, USA

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Don B. Clewell is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan and has been a plasmid biologist for over 40 years. He did his undergraduate work at Johns Hopkins and obtained his PhD in biochemistry at Indiana University. After doing 3 years of postdoctoral work in the laboratory of... read moreDonald Helinski at the University of California, San Diego, he joined the faculty at Michigan's Schools of Dentistry and Medicine, where he has spent his entire professional career. His research has focused primarily on the phenomenon of conjugation and plasmid transfer in enterococci and other Gram-positive bacteria with a keen interest in the role of plasmids in the dissemination of antibiotic resistance. Clewell's contributions include the discovery of bacterial sex pheromone systems and conjugative transposons. He has received the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award and the Medical School's Distinguished Faculty Lectureship in Biomedical Research.