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CALS geneticist Michael Sussman receives named professorship

CALS geneticist Michael Sussman is among eleven distinguished UW faculty members who recently received named professorships, some of the highest honors for established faculty. Michael R. Sussman has been named Class of 1933 Bascom Professor.

The Class of 1933 Bascom Professorship is a five-year nonrenewable professorship made possible through the gift of the Class of 1933 to enhance the scholarly activities of outstanding faculty members. The primary criteria are the quality, significance, and the productivity of the nominee’s research, and the quality and programmatic value of the nominee’s teaching and service.

Michael R. Sussman, Kellett Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and director of UW-Madison’s Biotechnology Center, began teaching at UW-Madison in 1982. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has also served as a governor’s appointee to the Wisconsin Biofuels Consortium and the Wisconsin Technology Council. He co-founded NimbleGen Systems Inc. (now Roche-NimbleGen), a successful spinoff company formed in collaboration with a UW-Madison engineer and geneticist, whose products allow researchers to quickly and cheaply analyze DNA.