Bacteriology professor Tim Donohue has been named a University of Wisconsin Foundation Chairman Fetzer-Bascom Professor. This professorship was established to recognize faculty for their balanced contributions to the university’s teaching, research, and service.
Donohue’s research program focuses on analyzing pathways and networks that microbes use to grow, generate biomass, or produce alternative fuels from sunlight or other renewable sources of energy. Since 2007, he has served as the director of the UW-Madison-based Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, one of three bioenergy research centers established that year by the U.S. Department of Energy. Donohue also directed the UW-Madison’s Biotechnology Predoctoral Training Program for more than 10 years.
The UWF Chairman Fetzer-Bascom Professorship is a five-year professorship that provides $10,000 annually to support research and scholarly activities as well as a $5,000 salary adjustment for the duration of the professorship.