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  • Position: Division Chief, Pathology Genetics, Sidra Medical and Research Center. Formerly Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Auckland.
    Field: Genetics.

    Don – or Dr Loooove as some people can’t resist calling him – is now an Honorary Professor at the University of Auckland.


    One of Don's main research interests at the University of Auckland was using zebrafish as models of human disease. Zebrafish provide him with a tool to investigate both single-gene diseases, and diseases caused by mutations in a number of different genes. An example of a single-gene disease is Huntington’s Disease, where only one gene is affected. An example of a multifactorial disease is inflammatory bowel disorder.

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    As well as directing the research of a small team of people, Don enjoyed interacting with students and giving lectures.

    Career Pathway

    Don was interested in maths and physics at high school, but it was not until his second year of university that he was exposed to biology for the first time. He got so caught up in it that he ended up doing a PhD in biochemistry at the University of Adelaide. Don then moved to Auckland where he did postdoctoral research using thermophilic organisms from the hot pools of Rotorua. This led to a four year stint at the University of Oxford, England, where he worked on human heritable diseases. The following year was spent at the University of Cambridge investigating a rare, heritable cancer.

    Career prospects in genetics

    Thinking of a career in genetics?

    In 1993 Don returned to the University of Auckland to establish a Human Molecular Genetics Group. The work that this group does has evolved to specialise in creating models of human disease.

    See this video conference: Dr Love's Zebrafish.

    In 2016 Don took up the position of Division Chief, Pathology Genetics at Sidra Medical and Research Center


    Watching movies (usually old ones), reading books on the themes of magic and fantasy (as well physics and maths), being with his girls and doing whatever his wife suggests is a good thing to do.

    Useful link

    For more information, see Dr Love's profile on the Sidra Medicine's website.

    This article is based on information current in 2007 and 2018.

      Published 14 November 2007 Referencing Hub articles
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