PIK Professors

What is a PIK Professor?

PIK stands for Penn Integrates Knowledge, an initiative conceived by President Gutmann to recruit scholars whose research and teaching exemplify the integration of knowledge. These scholars hold endowed professorships and joint appointments between Penn's schools.

Why are PIK Professors important?

The most challenging questions and problems of our time cannot be addressed by one discipline or profession. To comprehend our complex world, we must better integrate the knowledge and the tools from different disciplines and professional perspectives in our research and teaching.

Penn's goal: to achieve a truly successful partnership between arts and sciences that will benefit our students, our society, and our world.

Recruiting and retaining superb faculty members is a key funding priority for Penn.

Rakesh Vohra

Rakesh Vohra

Economics + Engineering + Computer Science

Rakesh Vohra, a leading global expert in mechanism design—an innovative area of game theory that brings together economics, engineering, and computer science—is named Penn’s 15th Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor, a position he took over on August 1, 2013.

Vohra is the George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor, and his appointment is shared between Department of Economics in the School of Arts & Sciences and the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science.  

Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy Roberts

Law + Sociology, Ethics, Race and Gender Studies

An award-winning teacher and scholar who writes and speaks about some of the most important and challenging issues facing our society, including civil rights, reproductive rights, poverty, child welfare, and family law, Dorothy Roberts is Penn's 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor, effective July 1, 2012.

Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Ezekiel J. Emanuel

Medical Ethics + Health Policy and Health Care Management

One of the world’s leading scholars of bioethics and the vice provost for global initiatives, globally renowned bioethecist Ezekiel J. Emanual was appointed as the 13th Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor. The Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University Professor shares appointments between the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, which he chairs in the Perelman School of Medicine, and the Department of Health Care Management in the Wharton School.

Philip Tetlock

Philip Tetlock

Psychology, Politics, Organizational Behavior

An award-winning scholar of political psychology and organizational behavior, Philip Tetlock is Penn's 12th PIK Professor. This Leonore Annenberg University Professor shares appointments between the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Management in The Wharton School.

Barbara Mellers

Barbara Mellers

Psychology, Behavioral Economics, Justice

Barbara Mellers, a globally influential scholar of decision-making, is Penn's 11th Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor. As the I. George Heyman University Professor, Mellers shares appointments between the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Marketing in The Wharton School.

Shelley Berger, PhD

Shelley Berger, PhD

Genetics + Biochemistry

A world-renowned genetics researcher, Shelley L. Berger, Ph.D.,  is the 10th Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor,  sharing appointments between the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Department of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Karen Glanz, MD, MPH

Karen Glanz, MD, MPH

Epidemiology + Health Psychology

A globally influential public-health scholar who specializes in the impact of behavior on health, Karen Glanz, MD, MPH, is Penn’s ninth Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor. The George A. Weiss University Professor, Glanz shares appointments between the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, and leads a center focused on research and training in health behaviors―the Center for Health Behavior Research.

John Gearhart, PhD

John D. Gearhart, PhD

Biology + Medicine

The James W. Effron University Professor and a renowned researcher in regenerative medicine, John D. Gearhart, PhD, is the eighth Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor, sharing appointments between the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Department of Animal Biology in the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Robert Ghrist

Robert Ghrist

Mathematics + Engineering

Robert Ghrist―an expert at applying mathematical methods to real-world engineering challenges―is Penn's seventh Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor.

Sarah Tishkoff

Sarah Tishkoff, PhD

Genetics + Biology

Sarah A. Tishkoff, PhD, a leading global expert in human genetics, is the sixth Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor. This David and Lyn Silfen University Associate Professor shares appointments between the Department of Genetics in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Department of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences.

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