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Professor Rick Morimoto

Cell Stress Responses and the Proteostasis Network Dynamics in Cellular Health and Disease

Professor Rick Morimoto
Northwestern University


Bio

Dr. Morimoto is the Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology and Director of the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University. He was trained at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Chicago, and Harvard University. His research since his postdoctoral studies has been on the heat shock response and the function of molecular chaperones and the proteostasis network to maintain cellular health and organismal health, and to respond to challenges from environmental and physiological stress, aging and diseases of protein conformation including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS and Huntington’s disease. Dr. Morimoto's laboratory has published over 290 papers and edited six books. Dr. Morimoto has received MERIT awards from the NIH and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a founder of Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. in Boston to discover small molecule therapeutics for age-associated degenerative diseases.