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Endowed Lectures

There are three endowed lectures given annually by outstanding scientists in the areas of the Biophysics of Excitable Membranes and Membrane Transport. The lectures honor three distinguished scientists who are former members of the faculty of the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

The Robert W. Berliner Memorial Lecture


Peter Igarashi

"A Journey from Tubules to Cysts"

Peter Igarashi, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine/Nephrology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. March 22, 2012.


Karl Tryggvason

"The Glomerular Filter: From Genes and Microstructure to Understanding Function and Disease"

Karl Tryggvason, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institute. March 17, 2011.


David Clapham

"Navigating through Channels"

David E. Clapham, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School. March 4, 2010.


Lisa Satlin

"The Renal BK Channel: A Sleeping Giant Awakened"

Lisa M. Satlin, M.D., Chief of Pediatric Nephrology at Mount Sinai Medical Center. May 14, 2009.

Peter F. Curran Lecture


Richard S. Lewis

"Molecules in Motion: Activation and Inactivation of Store-Operated Calcium Channels"

Richard S. Lewis, Ph.D., Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University. December 8, 2011.


"Molecular and Cellular Choreography in the Immune Response"

Michael D. Cahalan, Ph.D., Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of California, Irvine. October 5, 2010.


Nancy Carrasco

"The Sodium/Iodide Symporter (NIS): An Unending Source of Surprises"

Nancy Carrasco, M.D., Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. October 15, 2009.

Louis H. Nahum Lecture


H. Ronald Kaback

"Listening to Lac Permease: Dissecting the Structure and Function of an Ion-Coupled Transport Protein"

H. Ronald Kaback, M.D., Department of Physiology, University of California, Los Angeles. April 11, 2012.


Erwin Neher

"Biophysics of Short-Term Synaptic Plasticity"

Erwin Neher, Ph.D., 1991 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry. February 24, 2011.


Roger Tsien

"Genetically encoded or synthetic molecules to spy on cells and tumors"

Roger Y. Tsien, Ph.D., 2008 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Department of Pharmacology, University of California San Diego. March 11, 2010.


Francisco Bezanilla

"How Voltage Gated Channels Sense Voltage"

Francisco Bezanilla, Ph.D., University of Chicago. April 2, 2009.