- formerly, Vice-President (2007-2011), Wolfson College
- formerly, Director of Medical & Veterinary Education, CU Faculty of Biology
- formerly, University Senior Lecturer, CU Dept of Genetics
Don MacDonald read Biochemistry at Aberdeen University, and moved into genetics via a PhD at the University of East Anglia. He joined the Genetics department in Cambridge in 1971, and eventually spent some time as head of department, before becoming Director of Medical and Veterinary Education in the Faculty of Biology in 2000.
He has served time on the University Council (2000-2008) and the General Board (2002-2008) and was Vice-President of the College (2007-2011). His academic interests are in the genetics of evolution, and particularly the evolution of humans from their primate ancestors. He spends his spare time looking after an old house with a big garden and trying to play golf.