BALTIMORE, Maryland, October 30. JOHNS Hopkins head swim coach George Kennedy welcomes Dr. Peter Agre as a Faculty Advisor for the Blue Jays men’s and women’s swim teams. A regular in the Newton White Athletic Center Natatorium, Agre shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and is currently University Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.
A native Minnesotan, Agre studied chemistry at Augsburg College (B.A. 1970) and medicine at Johns Hopkins (M.D. 1974). He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Oncology Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Agre joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty in 1981 and rose to the rank of Professor of Biological Chemistry and Professor of Medicine. In his current role, he oversees 20 faculty research groups as well as field activities in Zimbabwe and Zambia.
In 2003, Agre shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering aquaporins, a family of water channel proteins found throughout nature. Referred to as “the plumbing system for cells,” aquaporins are responsible for numerous physiological processes in humans and are implicated in multiple clinical disorders. Agre is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine for which he chaired the Committee on Human Rights. From 2009-2011, he served as President and chair of the Board of Advisors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His efforts in biomedical research, human rights, and science diplomacy take him all over the world.
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