A native Minnesotan, Dr. Peter Agre learned the importance of science and humanism from his Scandinavian parents. Following graduation from Augsburg College, Agre studied medicine at Johns Hopkins where he developed a lifelong interest in biomedical research.
After clinical training, Dr. Agre joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins and focused his research on red cell membranes. His laboratory became widely recognized for discovery of the aquaporin family of membrane water channels. Aquaporins regulate entry and release of water from cells and are implicated in multiple diseases including renal failure, heart failure, brain edema, blindness, and infectious diseases including malaria. For this work, Dr. Agre shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Roderick MacKinnon (Rockefeller). His other honors include the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Commandership in the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, and membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine for which he chaired the Committee on Human Rights (2005-08). As President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009-10), he led scientific diplomacy visits to Cuba, North Korea, Myanmar, and Iran.
Dr. Agre is currently University Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and directs the NIH International Center of Excellence for Malaria Research in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Dr. Agre and his wife Mary have been married 38 years and have four grown children.