John Svaren honored with Vilas professorship

John Svaren, PhD
John Svaren, PhD

Professor of Comparative Biosciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Waisman Center investigator, John Svaren, PhD, is a recipient of a Vilas Distinguished Professorship. Svaren is also the director of the Waisman Center IDD Models Core and the interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Research in the Biological Sciences.

Extraordinary members of the University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty have been honored during the last year with awards supported by the estate of professor, U.S. Senator and UW Regent William F. Vilas (1840-1908). Sixteen professors were named to Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professorships, an award recognizing distinguished scholarship as well as standout efforts in teaching and service. The professorship provides five years of flexible funding — two-thirds of which is provided by the Office of the Provost through the generosity of the Vilas trustees and one-third provided by the school or college whose dean nominated the winner.

Svaren’s research interest is in transcriptional regulation of peripheral nerve myelination and Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT). Peripheral nerves connect the brain and spinal cord to our limbs and organs, serving as vital communication relays.


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