A total of 27 faculty members recently have received named professorships or have been named distinguished service professors. Wendy Freedman and James Robinson have received University Professorships. Richard Jordan, Vinay Kumar, John List, Philip Reny and Shmuel Weinberger have received distinguished service professorships; and Daniel Adelman, Fernando Alvarez, Frederic Chong, John Cunningham, Dhammika Dharmapala, Darby English, Deborah Gorman-Smith, Melina Hale, Seenu Hariprasad, Alison LaCroix, Richard Miller, Sanjog Misra, Amit Seru, Wendy Stock, Theo van den Hout, Bernd Wittenbrink, George Wu, Dali Yang, Dingxin Zhao and Mark Zmijewski have received named professorships.
Biological Sciences Division
John Cunningham, Professor and Chair in the Department of Pediatrics, has been named the Donald N. Pritzker Professor.
Cunningham is an internationally known expert in the treatment and research of childhood cancers and blood diseases. He has particular expertise in treating leukemia, lymphoma, immunodeficiencies, sickle cell disease and thalassemia. He is a recognized leader in the field of pediatric stem cell transplantation, and helped to develop a bone marrow transplant technique for children who do not have a sibling match. An active researcher, Cunningham is involved in the development of clinical trials for the treatment of leukemia and genetic diseases. He also studies the biology and therapy of hemoglobinopathies, hematopoiesis, and the leukemia stem cell and transcriptional mechanisms operative during the development of vertebrate organisms.
Cunningham is an accomplished author and has published more than 70 scientific articles, as well as several book chapters and invited reviews. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and is a reviewer for Blood, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Cancer Research, and Genomics. Cunningham has also been selected as a top doctor by Chicago magazine. He is a member of the scientific council of the American Cancer Society and of the editorial board of The Oncologist.
Cunningham joined the UChicago faculty in 2006.