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Biochemist Peter Walter presents Tsoo King Lecture

Tsoo King lecture on cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes

Dr. Peter Walter, winner of the 2014 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, presented the 2016 Tsoo King Lecture, which is hosted by graduate students in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Dr. Walter is an HHMI investigator and Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco.

He is most well-known for discovering a crucial cellular quality-control process that detects incorrectly folded proteins and initiates corrective actions. Known as the unfolded protein response, this process helps cells make life-or-death decisions and is linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes.

Peter Walter sitting in lab

Dr. Peter Walter, 2014 Lasker Basic Medical Research Award winner

Dr. Walter gave a free public lecture on “The Unfolded Protein Response in Health and Disease,” at 7 pm on Thursday, April 14, in the Learning and Innovation Center (LInC) , room 210. A reception followed the lecture.

He also gave a scientific lecture on “From Protein Folding to Cognition: The Serendipitous Path of Discovery,” on April 13 in the Agriculture & Life Sciences (ALS) Building.

This lecture series honors Dr. Tsoo King, a professor of biochemistry and biophysics at Oregon State from 1950-1968. Dr. King was an internationally respected scientist with significant contributions in bioenergetics and protein chemistry.

Both lectures were free and open to the public. For further information, contact