Donna Driscoll, PhD, has been named the inaugural holder of the newly endowed Tippit Family Chair in Faculty Development and Vitality. This endowment was established to support research leadership development.
Dr. Driscoll's research program is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of gene regulation and has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 20 years. She led seminal discoveries about the role of selenium in the development of disease, garnering recognition from the American Heart Association, including the Irving H. Page Arteriosclerosis Research Award for Young Investigators, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Research Award, and the Established Investigator Award. After earning a PhD in pathology from the University of Chicago, she trained at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Medical Research Council in the UK.
Dr. Driscoll joined Cleveland Clinic in 1992 and has been universally recognized by peers and students for her role as a leader and innovator. She was the first recipient of the Lerner Outstanding Educator Award and also received awards for outstanding service and mentorship.
Dr. Driscoll served as Vice Chair of Faculty Development under former Lerner Chair Paul DiCorleto, PhD, and last year was named first Director of the Lerner Faculty Office, launched to support recruitment, diversity, development, retention and vitality of research faculty. She also spearheaded the RISE (Research Intensive Summer Experience) internship program for Cleveland high school students from underrepresented groups in science, developing a pipeline for young scientists in northeast Ohio.
"We deeply thank the Tippit family for this generous and forward-thinking gift," said Serpil Erzurum, MD, Lerner Research Institute Chair. "Dr. Driscoll is an esteemed researcher, dedicated educator and strong leader and is very deserving of this honor. She epitomizes Cleveland Clinic's serving leadership culture."