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Butterworth Professorship
July 13, 2010, Volume 57, No. 01



The School of Medicine announced the appointment of Dr. Klaus H. Kaestner, professor of genetics in the School of Medicine, to the Thomas and Evelyn Suor Butterworth Professorship.

A professor at Penn since 1997, Dr. Kaestner is an internationally recognized developmental geneticist and an integral member of Penn’s Institute of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. Dr. Kaestner’s research employs mouse genetic models and genomics to provide insights into mechanisms of liver and pancreatic development, and the regulation of glucose and lipid metabolism.

Dr. Kaestner earned a BS in biology (1984) from the Universität Bremen, Germany, a MS in plant biochemistry (1986) from the University of Maryland, and PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology (1990) from the Johns Hopkins University Medical School.

The Thomas and Evelyn Suor Butterworth Professorship was created by the Trustees in 2000 to support research in the field of genetics.  The late Dr. Thomas Butterworth, was a Penn alumnus (C’25, M’28, GM’32) and practicing dermatologist who was notably chief of the departments of dermatology at the Pennhurst State School and the Reading Hospital. He was a prolific author, publishing in the fields of dermatology and genodermatology.

The late Dr. Richard Spielman (genetics) was the first recipient of the Butterworth Professorship (Almanac May 26, 2009).


Almanac - July 13, 2010, Volume 57, No. 01