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Karl H. Pfenninger

cell biology and neuroscience educator

Karl H. Pfenninger, American cell biology and neuroscience educator. Recipient C.J. Herrick award American Association Anatomists, 1977; I.T. Hirschl Career Scientist award, 1977; Javits neuroscience investigator awards National Institutes of Health, 1984, 91.


Pfenninger, Karl H. was born on December 17, 1944 in Stafa, Switzerland. Came to the United States, 1971, naturalized, 1993. Son of Hans Rudolf and Delie Maria (Zahn) Pfenninger.


Doctor of Medicine, University Zurich, 1971.


Research instructor department anatomy Washington University, St. Louis, 1971-1973. Research associate section cell biology Yale University, New Haven, 1973-1976. Associate professor department anatomy and cell biology Columbia University, New York City, 1976-1981, professor, 1981-1986.

Professor, chairman Department Cellular and Development Biology University Colorado School Medicine, Denver, 1986—2005. Professor pediatrics Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities Research Center, since 2005. Director interdeptmental program in cell and molecular biology Columbia University College Physicians and Surgeons, New York City, 1980-1985.

Chairman Given biomedical Institute, Aspen, Colorado, 1992-1993.


  • Author: Essential Cell Biology, 1990, The Origins of Creativity, 2001. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Cell Biology, American Society Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Toxicology Forum (board directors 1995-1901), Association Anatomy, Cell Biology and Neurosci. Chairpersons (president 1998), Harvey Society, Society for Neurosci., International Brain Research Organization, International Society for Neurochemistry.


Married Marie-France Maylié, July 12, 1974. Children: Jan Patrick, Alexandra Christina.

Hans Rudolf Pfenninger

Delie Maria (Zahn) Pfenninger

Marie-France Maylié

Jan Patrick Pfenninger

Alexandra Christina Pfenninger