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Nobel Laureates, for scientists everywhere

Peter Agre

Peter Agre

A native Minnesotan, Peter Agre studied chemistry at Augsburg College (B.A. 1970) and medicine at Johns Hopkins (M.D. 1974). Following Internal Medicine Residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland and Hematology-Oncology Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Agre joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where his laboratory became widely recognized for discovering the aquaporins, a family of water channel proteins found throughout nature and responsible for numerous physiological processes as well as multiple clinical disorders. Following a term as Vice Chancellor at Duke Medical Center, Agre joined the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2008, where he is University Professor and Director of the Malaria Research Institute and Program Director of the NIH International Center of Excellence in Malaria Research for Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Agre shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Roderick MacKinnon “for discoveries concerning channels in cell membranes.” Agre has received additional honors including the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Agre is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine; he is past-Chair and member of the Committee on Human Rights of the National Academies.
Scouts of America.  From 2009-11, Agre served as President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and led scientific diplomacy visits to Cuba, Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea), and Myanmar (Burma). Agre and his wife Mary, a teacher, and have four grown children.

Peter Agre sings the ‘The Elements’ to an audience in St Petersburg
Peter Agre

Peter Agre sings the ‘The Elements’ to an audience in St Petersburg

Peter Agre Lecture Video
Peter Agre

Peter Agre Lecture Video

What have you been doing since being awarded the Nobel Prize?
Peter Agre

What have you been doing since being awarded the Nobel Prize?

Do scientists have a responsibility to communicate their work?
Peter Agre

Do scientists have a responsibility to communicate their work?

Were you exposed to science as a child?
Peter Agre

Were you exposed to science as a child?

Did you ever think you’d be awarded a Nobel Prize?
Peter Agre

Did you ever think you’d be awarded a Nobel Prize?

How did you pick your research topic?
Peter Agre

How did you pick your research topic?

How does your personal life contribute to your success in science?
Peter Agre

How does your personal life contribute to your success in science?

Highlights Video: Peter Agre
Peter Agre

Highlights Video: Peter Agre

How has your family helped with your career?
Peter Agre

How has your family helped with your career?

How do you know when to quit a project?
Peter Agre

How do you know when to quit a project?

Do you have any advice on how to write articles?
Peter Agre

Do you have any advice on how to write articles?