Honored Educator, Longtime Faculty Member, Lynn B. Jorde, Ph.D., Named New Chair of Human Genetics

Honored Educator, Longtime Faculty Member, Lynn B. Jorde, Ph.D., Named New Chair of Human Genetics

Sep 15, 2009 2:59 PM

SALT LAKE CITY--The University of Utah has named Lynn B. Jorde, Ph.D., longtime U of U professor of human genetics, internationally regarded scientist, and highly honored educator, as the chairman of the Department of Human Genetics in the School of Medicine.

Jorde, who holds an H.A. and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair in Human Genetics, succeeds two other internationally known geneticists, co-chairs Mark F. Leppert, Ph.D., distinguished professor of human genetics, and Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D., distinguished professor of human genetics and biology and 2007 Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine. Jorde's appointment, which became effective on Sept. 1, 2009, is subject to approval by the University's Board of Trustees, according to Lorris Betz, M.D., Ph.D., University senior vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the medical school.

"I would like to thank Dr. Leppert and Dr. Capecchi for their service to the department as co-chairs," Betz said. "Under their leadership human genetics has added a cadre of excellent young scientists and the accomplishments of the faculty have continued at a high level. I am confident Dr. Jorde will continue the tradition of excellent leadership in the department."

Leppert and Cappechi will continue their research and teaching in the Department of Human Genetics.

Since joining the School of Medicine faculty in 1979, Jorde has published more than 200 articles on his research in human genetic variation, the genetic basis of human limb malformations, and the genetics of common diseases, such as high blood pressure. He has been honored with 12 University teaching awards, including the Outstanding Pre-Clinical Professor Award, given by graduating medical students, and the University of Utah Distinguished Teaching Award. In 2008, he and two other University of Utah educators, Louisa Stark, Ph.D., director of the Genetic Science Learning Center, and medical geneticist John C. Carey, M.D., M.P.H., professor of pediatrics, received the Award for Excellence in Education from the American Society of Human Genetics.

In addition, Jorde is lead author of "Medical Genetics," a widely used textbook that has been translated into Spanish, French, Polish, and Portuguese and is in its fourth edition.

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