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Su-Chun Zhang, who joined the School of Medicine and Public health neuroscience and neurology faculty in 2001, has been named the Steenbock Professor of Behavioral & Neural Sciences.

Zhang’s lab has successfully differentiated human embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells into a wide range of nerve and neuronal cell types found in the brain and spinal cord. Zhang, who serves as director of the Molecular & Genetic Sciences Group at the Waisman Center, has also developed tools to genetically target stem cells, and built versatile transgenic human stem cell lines which are instrumental to studies of neurodegenerative diseases and drug discovery.

Endowed more than 30 years ago by Evelyn Steenbock — wife of Harry Steenbock, an emeritus biochemistry professor — Steenbock Professorships provide a group of outstanding UW-Madison faculty with 10 years of financial support for their research programs.