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Rick Mitchell Memorial Fund

Honoring the memory of Dr. Richard S. (Rick) Mitchell (1960-2009).

Rick MitchellIn 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 AIDS Research Institute scientists.

The fifth lecture in this annual series is scheduled on Monday, October 6, 2014. The speaker is Dr. Jonathan Karn, who will discuss, "Lessons from models for HIV latency helping to formulate virus eradication."

If you would like to donate to the Rick Mitchell Memorial Fund, please do the following:

    1. Please make your check payable to the UC San Diego Foundation. In the memo line of your check please note "RM Memorial Fund/UCSD ARI.”

    2. Mail your donation to the following address:

      AIDS Research Institute
      University of California, San Diego
      9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0716
      La Jolla, CA 92093-0716

      If you’d like to make a donation by credit card, please call 858-534-5545.

        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 858-534-5545.