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Rick Firtel was an undergraduate in Biology and Chemistry and Rufus Choate Scholar at Dartmouth College (1966) and received his PhD at Caltech in James Bonner’s laboratory as an NSF fellow (1971). Rick did his postdoctoral work with Harvey Lodish at MIT as a Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow and joined the faculty at UCSD in 1973. He has been the recipient of an American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award, an International Union Against Cancer Fellowship, a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences Fellowship, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. He has served as Director of the Center for Molecular Genetics (1995-2004), Chair of the Section of Cell and Developmental Biology (1999-2006), and Associate Dean of Biological Sciences (2008-present). HONORS: Dartmouth College, A.B.。 Rufus Choate Scholar。 Phi Beta Kappa。 Magna Cum Laude with Highest Distinction。 Woodrow Wilson Fellow。 National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow。 National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Training Grant。 Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship。 American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award (1977-1982)。 International Union Against Cancer Fellowship (1980)。 Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences Fellowship (1982)。 Visiting Professor, Max-Planck Institute, Munich (1983)。 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (May, 1995-April, 1996)。 PUBLICATIONS： 1. Firtel, R.A. and G.B. Saul II (1967). Characteristics of phenol oxidases in Mormoniella vitripennis (Walker). J. Insect. Physiol. 13:1197-1206. 2. Firtel, R.A. and A. Monroy (1970). Polysomes and RNA synthesis during early development of the surf clam Spisula solidissima. Devel. Biol. 21:87-104. 3. Firtel, R.A. and J. Bonner (1972). Characterization of the genome of the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum. J. Mol. Biol. 66:339-361. 4. Firtel, R.A. (1972). Changes in the expression of single-copy DNA during development of the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum. J. Mol. Biol. 66:363-377. 5. Firtel, R.A. and J. Bonner (1972). Developmental control of α-1,4 glucan phosphorylase in the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum. Devel. Biol. 29:85-103. 6. Firtel, R.A. and R.W. Brackenbury (1972). Partial characterization of several protein and amino acid metabolizing enzymes in the cellular slime mold Dictyostelium discoideum. Devel. Biol. 27:307-321.