Donald Love

Donald Love
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Division Chief - Genetic Pathology Years Of Experience: 40
  • About the Physician

    Dr. Donald Love is the Division Chief of Pathology Genetics. He joined Sidra Medicine in 2017.

    Dr. Love undertook his PhD in the Biochemistry Department of The University of Adelaide, then moved to The University of Auckland in 1982 to study the genetics of thermophilic bacteria. He moved to Oxford in 1987 to study the human dystrophin gene and discovered its orthologue, utrophin. A Senior Research Associate position was accepted in 1991 in the Department of Pathology, Cambridge University to study Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 2.

    Dr. Love returned to The University of Auckland in 1993 as a Senior Lecturer in 1993, then Associate Professor in 1999, and finally Honorary Professor in 2016. His research concerned the analysis of several heritable human disorders and disease modeling using zebrafish.

    Dr. Love moved to Auckland City Hospital in 2007 as its Director of Diagnostic Genetics, focusing on molecular-based diagnostics using innovative technology.

    Dr. Love moved to Sidra Medicine in 2017 with the focus of establishing a molecular diagnostic laboratory. This focus has resulted in the local offering of Whole Exome Sequencing for 2023, and will result in Whole Genome Sequencing in 2024. This approach has involved helpful collaboration with local research colleagues.


    Years Of Experience
    • The University of Adelaide: BSc (Hons) and PhD
    • The University of Auckland: DSc
    • The University of Auckland
    • Auckland City Hospital
    Areas of Interest
    • Molecular Genetics
    Medical Publications
    1. Mulligan LM, Kwok JBJ, Healey CS, Elsdon MJ, Eng C, Gardner E, Love DR, Mole SE, Moore JK, Papi L, Ponder MA, Telenius H, Tunnacliffe A and Ponder BAJ. Germline mutations of the RET proto-oncogene in Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type 2A. Nature 1993: 363: 458-460.
    2. Tinsley JM, Blake DJ, Roche A, Fairbrother U, Riss J, Byth BC, Knight AE, Kendrick Jones J, Suthers GK, Love DR, Edwards YH and Davies KE. Primary structure of dystrophin-related protein. Nature 1992; 360: 591-593.
    3. Acsadi G, Dickson G, Love DR, Jani A, Walsh FM, Gurusinghe A, Wolff JA and Davies KE. Human dystrophin expression in mdx mice after intramuscular injection of DNA constructs. Nature 1991; 352: 815-818.
    4. England SB, Nicholson LVB, Johnson MA, Forrest SM, Love DR, Zubrzycka-Gaarn EE, Bulman DE, Harris JB and Davies KE. Very mild muscular dystrophy associated with the deletion of 46% of dystrophin. Nature 1990; 343: 180-182.
    5. Love DR, Hill DF, Dickson G, Spurr NK, Byth BC, Marsden RF, Walsh FS, Edwards YH and Davies KE. An autosomal transcript in skeletal muscle with homology to dystrophin. Nature 1989; 339: 55-58.