Named Whitehead Institute Professorships

At the heart of Whitehead Institute is its Faculty and a deeply collaborative culture that encourages startling new ideas to propel science forward. Whitehead Institute Members are widely honored for scientific discoveries, intellectual risk-taking, and the development of innovative research methods that advance the conduct of science in significant ways.

One of the most effective ways to attract and retain these scientific leaders is to recognize them through a named Whitehead Institute Professorship -- and the creation of these Professorships is our top priority for philanthropic support. In addition to providing a significant, tangible investment in the investigator’s long-term research program, an endowed Professorship is a vibrant recognition of a scientist's distinguished record of accomplishment and an endorsement of their scientific vision. It is, as well, a statement of their leadership within the Institute and the broader biomedical research community.

The establishment of a named Whitehead Institute Professorship also makes clear the donors’ deep commitment to knowledge, discovery, and scientific innovation -- while connecting the donors’ names with Whitehead Institute in perpetuity. A Professorship can be established and named with an endowment gift of $5 million. For more information, please contact Sharon Staczak, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at