Nobel Week Dialogue

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2003. Peter Agre shared the Nobel Prize for discovering aquaporins. He is director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Peter Agre is currently Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and oversees field research in rural Zambia, Zimbabwe, and DR Congo.

A native of Minnesota, Agre studied chemistry at Augsburg College and medicine at Johns Hopkins. He completed medical residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland and oncology fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1984, Agre joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty and rose to the rank of professor of biological chemistry and professor of medicine.

In 2003, Agre shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering aquaporins, a family of water channel proteins found throughout nature and responsible for numerous physiological processes and implicated in multiple human clinical disorders.

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