Richard Gourse and Judith Kimble appointed to WARF named professorships

Two CALS professors were among the 10 UW–Madison faculty recently appointed to Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation named professorships in 2019:

Richard Gourse, Masayasu Nomura Professor of Bacteriology, studies the mechanism of transcription initiation by identifying bacterial promoter elements and how they are recognized by RNA polymerase. This information has led to a better understanding of how gene expression is regulated by transcription factors and signals from the nutritional environment.

Judith Kimble, Vannevar Bush Professor of Biochemistry, discovered the first stem cell niche in 1981, and since has unraveled the genes, pathways and networks that regulate stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. Her research, based in nematodes, has revealed molecular mechanisms operating in all animals with implications for human disease.

WARF named professorships honor faculty who have made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge, primarily through their research endeavors, but also as a result of their teaching and service activities. Award recipients choose the names associated with their professorships.

More details are available in this UW–Madison news release.