John Turk, MD, PhD is the new Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Endocrinology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The installation ceremony was held at the Eric P. Newman Center on Thursday, September 4, 2014. The appointment was announced by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and Larry J. Shapiro, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of the School of Medicine.
Dr. Turk is a professor of medicine and of pathology. Since 1987, he has directed the Drug Analysis Laboratory at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Turk also directs the Mass Spectrometry facility at the Department of Medicine. His research focuses on tandem Mass Spectrometry analyses of complex lipids and the role of phospholipid signaling mechanisms in pancreatic islet beta cells and in diabetes mellitus.
About the Wolffs
Alan and Edith Wolff owned Wolff Construction Co., a real-estate development, investment and management company. Alan Wolff founded the company in the 1940s and led it until his death in 1989. Edith Wolff then took up leadership as the company’s president until her death in 2008.
Over the course of more than 30 years, gifts from the Wolffs have supported many areas of research at the School of Medicine, including projects involving Alzheimer’s disease, heart transplantation, bacterial sepsis infection, dermatology, cell biology and critical care medicine. They have provided funding for 13 endowed professorships, seven distinguished endowed professorships and specific research funds in cancer and ophthalmology