The Alumni Professorship Endowment Fund was authorized by the Executive Committee of the Faculty of the Medical School in 1978. The program was initiated to help attract and retain the most distinguished faculty. These professorships are funded by unrestricted gifts from medical school alumni and former house staff combined with gifts from friends of the School of Medicine. The Alumni Endowed Professorship in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics was established in 1993. It was the fifth professorship under this program. Dr. Linda J Pike was named the Alumni Endowed Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics in 2015.