Nobel Laureate Dr. Peter Agre To Deliver Baccalaureate Address
Publication Date: 5/4/2011
The Baccalaureate Service for the 162nd Session of Rhodes College will be held May 13 at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church located at 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. beginning at 3 p.m. No seating tickets are necessary for attendance.
Rhodes President William E. Troutt will preside over the service, and Dr. Peter Agre, recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and father of Carly Agre ’11, will deliver the address.
Agre earned a B.A. in chemistry from Augsburg College in 1970 and a M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1974. In the 1980s, he joined the Johns Hopkins faculty as professor of biological chemistry and began conducting his pioneering research on aquaporins, which are proteins that regulate and facilitate water molecule transport through cell membranes. It is for that research that he received the Nobel Prize.
Aquaporins are important in physiological processes such as kidney concentration and spinal fluid secretion, but dysfunction of these proteins may contribute to disease. Agre currently is director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute where he has extended his study of aquaporins to understanding the role they play in the parasite that causes malaria.
Agre’s other accomplishments include his election to the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He also has received honorary doctorates from universities in Denmark, Japan, Norway, Greece, Mexico, Hungary, Poland and the United States.
Nobel Laureate Dr. Peter Agre’s meaningful address [RTF transcript] was the highlight of the 2011 Baccalaureate service.