Joe Lutkenhaus

University Distinguished Professor
Department of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics & Immunology, School of Medicine
Primary office:
Wahl Hall West, room 3026



  • NIH Merit Award
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
  • Higuchi-Simons Award (KU)
  • Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize for Biology or Biochemistry

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Microbiology
  • American Society for Cell Biology


  • BSc, Chemistry, 1969, Iowa State University
  • PhD, Biochemistry, 1974, UCLA
  • Postdoctoral, 1975-8, Edinburgh University
  • Postdoctoral, 1979-80, University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center

KU Today
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—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times