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Donna Driscoll, PhD

Donna Driscoll, Ph.D.

Appointed: 1992

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Donna Driscoll, PhD
Department: Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code NC10
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Donna Driscoll, PhD
Department: Research Institute Office
Vice Chair for Faculty Development
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
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Biographical Sketch

Donna M. Driscoll, PhD, has been a Staff member in the Cell Biology Department of the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic for 15 years. She is also Professor of Molecular Medicine at the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and an Adjunct Professor at the Center for RNA Molecular Biology, Division of General Medical Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.
The research in Dr. Driscoll’s lab is focused on understanding molecular mechanisms of gene regulation. She has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the topics of RNA editing and selenium metabolism.
She was elected Co-Vice-chair (2003) and Co-Chair (2005) of the biannual Gordon Research Conference on RNA Editing. Dr. Driscoll has received several awards for her research 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. In 2005, Dr. Driscoll was the first recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award for Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

Professional Highlights

  • 1989 Irving H. Page Arteriosclerosis Research Award for Young Investigators, American Heart Association
  • 1990 Lyndon Baines Johnson Research Award, American Heart Association
  • 1993-1998 Established Investigator, American Heart Association
  • Elected Co-Vice-chair (2003) and Co-Chair (2005), Gordon Research Conference on RNA Editing
  • 2005 First Annual Outstanding Educator Award for Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Education & Fellowships

Doctorate - University of Chicago
Chicago, IL USA
Undergraduate - Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN USA
Fellowship - Imperial Cancer Research Fund
London United Kingdom
Fellowship - MRC Clinical Research Center

Specialty Interests

Selenium metabolism, RNA biology


  • RNA Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Languages Spoken

  • English