MacDonald, Robert Clark, 1938-
- Existence: 1938
Biochemist Robert Clark MacDonald was born July 2, 1938, in Detroit, Michigan. MacDonald attended Kalamazoo College, earning his BA in Chemistry in 1960. He went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry in 1966 from UCLA. MacDonald served as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University from January 1966–July 1966 and at the University of Virginia from July 1966-August 1967. He served as a doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from September 1967–October 1968 and as a research fellow at the Institute of Animal Physiology (now Babraham Institute) at Cambridge from October 1968 to March 1970.
MacDonald joined the faculty of Northwestern's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) on April 1, 1970 in the department of Biological Sciences. The Department's name changed in the mid-1980s to Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology (BMBCB) to reflect a wider scope. MacDonald became associate dean of the college in 1992. In August of 1998 MacDonald was granted a second appointment in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry, effective September 1, 1998 – August 31, 2001.
MacDonald focused his research activities on such topics as phospholipids, and mono- and bilayer membranes, and lipid mediated transection.
MacDonald married fellow faculty member Ruby Ichinose MacDonald. Both MacDonald and his wife retired in 2007 (he in August of that year). Upon retiring, the MacDonalds moved to California, where Robert planned to set up a “garage lab” in his new home.
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Biochemist Robert Clark MacDonald joined the faculty of Northwestern University's Department of Biological Sciences (later Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology) in 1970, was named associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1992, and held a second appointment in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry from 1998-2001. He retired in 2007. His research focused on phospholipids, and mono- and bilayer membranes, and lipid-mediated transaction.