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Richard Kessin

Faculty Affiliate, Bioethics; Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Cell Biology

Richard Kessin teaches the "Responsible Conduct of Research" course to all Ph.D. students and new NIH grant awardees at CUMC. He chairs the Basic Science Track of the final year in the new medical school curriculum. His research has focused on the evolution and development of Dictyostelium discoideum, which is a soil amoeba that is capable of extraordinary multi-cellular development. In addition, Kessin writes about science for the popular press.


  • Dictyostelium: Evolution, Cell Biology, and the Development of Multicellularity (Cambridge University Press, 2001, 2010)
  • “Two different genomes that produce the same result,” Genome Biology (2010)
  • “Sex and Sacrifice-A single genetic locus determines the three sexes of slime mold amoebae,” Science (2010)
  • “The Cold War of the Social Amoebae” (Current Biology, 2007) co-authored with Gad Shaulsky