Wednesday, 28 May 2014 13:55

Our People: Peter Walter Shares in $1 Million Shaw Prize

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peter walterUCSF's Peter Walter, ASCB
President-Elect, is a co-winner
of the 2014 Shaw Prize
in Hong Kong. Photo: UCSF
ASCB President-Elect Peter Walter, professor of biochemistry and biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), is the co-winner of the 2014 Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine. Walter, who is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will share the $1 million Shaw Prize with Kazutoshi Mori of Kyoto University for their work on the unfolded protein response (UPR), the cell's quality control response to an accumulation of defectively folded proteins.

The Shaw Prize was founded in 2002 by Run Run Shaw, a Hong Kong movie and television mogul, who died in January of this year, aged 106. Walter will receive the prize September 24 at an awards ceremony in Hong Kong.

John Fleischman

John is ASCB Senior Science Writer and the author among other things of two nonfiction books for older children, "Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science" and "Black & White Airmen," both from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, Boston.

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