Endowed Chairs

Annual proceeds from the gift help fund the work of 12 faculty members, each of whom occupy an H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair. An appointment as an H. A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair is made in recognition of the dedication and achievement of the university’s top medical researchers and for their contribution to his or her respective field. Chair holders are named by the president of the university. 

“Endowed chairs are vital to the backbone of any University,” said University of Utah President Michael K. Young. “Having the ability to provide the University’s top researchers with this type of funding ensures that we can retain and recruit the brightest and most talented minds in the country.”

Brenda L. Bass, PhD 
Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry
Bass Lab

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CarrieCarrie Byington, MD 
Department of Pediatrics

Center for Clinical & Translational Science

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J. Michael DeanJ. Michael Dean, MD 
Professor of Pediatrics

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jordeLynn B. Jorde, PhD 
Professor, Department of Human Genetics
Jorde Lab

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GeraldKruegerGerald G. Krueger, MD  
Professor of Dermatology

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ChrisHillChristopher P. Hill, D.Phil
Distinguished Professor and Co-Chair, Biochemistry
Hill Lab
Dean LiDean Y. Li, MD 
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Oncological Sciences and Human Genetics

Vice Dean for Research, and Chief Scientific Officer, University Health Care

Research

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MatthewSamoreMatthew H. Samore, MD
Chief, Division of Epidemiology, Professor, Internal Medicine

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Wesley SundquistWesley I. Sundquist, PhD 
Professor of Biochemistry

Sundquist Lab

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Carl ThummelCarl S. Thummel, PhD 
Professor of Human Genetics

Thummel Lab

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Michael VarnerMichael W. Varner, MD 
Adjunct Professor, Pediatrics

Professor, Obstetrics And Gynecology Center for Clinical & Translational Science

Mark Yandell, PhD
Professor, Human Genetics

Yandell Lab

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Dale E. Abel, PhD

Former Professor of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes

Former Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, University of Utah Faculty

D. Ware Branch, MD

Professor of Obstentrics and Gynecology

Phone: (801) 581-5490

Email: w.branch@m.cc.utah.edu

Cheryl Coffin, MD

Pathology

Jerry Kaplan, PhD 
Assistant Vice President for Basic Science

Kaplan Lab

James P. Kushner, MD 
Chief of the Division of Hematology

Susan Mango, PhD
Oncology

Steve Prescott, MD, PhD
Neurobiology

Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, PhD
Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy

Phone: (801) 585-3674

Email: sanchez@neuro.utah.edu

Edwin A. Stevens, MD

Professor and Chair of Radiology

(801) 581-8699

Email: steve.stevens@hsc.utah.edu