School of Medicine

Benning Society

Chair Members

Christopher P. Hill, DPhil

Christopher Hill, D.Phil., Vice Dean of Research for the School of Medicine, he is a distinguished professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. holds the H.A. and Edna Benning Medical Society Chair, and is a member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program. He served&nbs... Read More

Research Interests: ESCRT Pathway, HIV Structure and Host Interactions, Nucleosome Remodeling and Reorganization, Proteasome Activation and Regulation, Protein Quality Control, Structural Biology

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Michael W. Deininger, MD, PhD

Chief, Division of Hematology/BMT

Michael Deininger, MD, PhD, is Professor and Chief of Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah. He has extensive experience treating patients with blood cancers. He has a particular interest in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and myeloproliferativ... Read More

Research Interests: Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Leukemia Drug Resistance, Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Specialties: Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Hematology/BMT, Leukemia, Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Fellowship: University of Leipzig, Department of Hematology

Residency: Institute of Medical Oncology and Haematology, Nürnberg General Hospital

Medical School: University of Würzburg

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Hilary Coon, PhD

Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Child Psychiatry, Genetic Epidemiology, Nicotine Dependence, Obesity, Pulmonary fibrosis, Statistical Genetics, Suicide

Fellowship: University of Colorado, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, Colorado Adoption Project

Tom H. Greene, PhD

Chief, Division of Biostatistics

Dr. Tom Greene is chief of the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Population Health Sciences, and a Professor in the Division of Epidemiology of the Department of Internal Medicine. He is also Director of the Population Health Research Foundation in the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and currently holds an H.A. and ... Read More

Andrew S. Weyrich, PhD

Dr. Andrew S. Weyrich’s research examines how blood clots in health and disease. His group made the seminal discovery in 2005 that anucleate human platelets splice precursor messenger RNA into products that regulate inflammation. This paradigm shifting observation revolutionized the field of hematology, and has led to thousands of studies tha... Read More

Matthew H. Samore, MD

Chief, Division of Epidemiology

Matthew Samore, MD is the Principal Investigator of both the Salt Lake VA Informatics Decision Enhancement and Surveillance (IDEAS) Center and the VA Consortium for Healthcare Informatics Research. He is a Professor of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics, and Division Chief of Epidemiology at the University of Utah. Dr. Samore at... Read More

Research Interests: Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens, Biomedical Informatics, Clostridium difficile, Measures of Clinical Performance

Specialties: Epidemiology/Nosocomial Infections, Infectious Diseases

Fellowship: Beth Israel/Brigham & Women's Hospital

Residency: Barnes Hospital/Washington University

Medical School: University of Wisconsin/Med School

Michael S. Kay, MD, PhD

Research Interests: Chemical Biology, Drug Design, Peptides, Protein Chemistry, Protein Design, Virology

Medical School: Stanford University

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Andres Villu Maricq, MD, PhD

Medical School: University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Mark Yandell, PhD

Mark Yandell, PhD has led software development groups in both industry and academia. As a postdoc at the Human Genome Project at Washington University, St. Louis, he was a co-developer of the PolyBayes package, the first probabilistic algorithm for sequence variant discovery. Thereafter, he joined Celera Genomics, where he directed the group that w... Read More

Research Interests: Comparative Genomics, Computational Biology, Human Population Genetics, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, bioinformatics

Mario R. Capecchi, PhD

Mario Capecchi, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Human Genetics and adjunct professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah. He is an active participant in the Sarcoma Services Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute, and member of the Nuclear Control of Cell Growth and Differentiation Program. Capecchi studies... Read More

Research Interests: Cancer, Molecular Genetics

Rachel Hess, MD, MS

Chief, Division of Health System Innovation and Research

As a General Internist, Rachel Hess, MD, MS, provides primary care for adults. She has a special interest in women's health, particularly mid-life women's health. She is board certified in Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding and improving patient-centered outcomes, such as health-related quality of life. She directs the Univeri... Read More

Specialties: General Internal Medicine

Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh and VA Pittsburgh Medical Center

Medical School: University of New Mexico, School of Medicine

Louisa A. Stark, PhD

Dr. Louisa Stark is a Professor of Human Genetics and director of the Genetic Science Learning Center. Her research interests focus on science and health education for students and educators from the K-12 level through graduate and medical education as well as patients and members of the lay public. The Center's mission is "making science ... Read More

Research Interests: Community Engagement, Community Health Education, Community Partnerships, Education, Education, Medical, Educational Research, Educational Technology, Genetics/Genomics Education, Patient Education

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Martin Tristani-Firouzi, MD

Martin Tristani-Firouzi, MD is a clinician-scientist at The University of Utah School of Medicine and attends on the inpatient and outpatient services at Primary Children´s Hospital. As a general cardiologist, he sees children with all forms of cardiac disease. His clinical interests include inherited rhythm disturbances and sudden cardiac de... Read More

Specialties: Pediatric Cardiology

Fellowship: University of Minnesota

Fellowship: University of Minnesota

Residency: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota