Awards & Winners

Peter Walter

Date of Birth 05-December-1954
Place of Birth Berlin
Nationality United States of America, Germany
Peter Walter is a German-American molecular biologist and biochemist. He earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from the Free University of Berlin, an M.S. degree in organic chemistry from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Rockefeller University. He is currently Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco. During his thesis work in Dr. G√ľnter Blobel's laboratory, Walter purified the proteinaceous members of a macromolecular complex essential for protein translocation into the endoplasmic reticulum and showed that it selectively recognizes nascent secretory proteins in the cytoplasm of eukaryotic cells and targets them to the ER. He subsequently identified a 7S RNA component of the complex which is essential for its function and named the holocomplex the signal recognition particle.

Awards by Peter Walter

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Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research
(For discoveries concerning the unfolded protein response \u2014 an intracellular quality control system that detects harmful misfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum and signals the nucleus to carry out corrective measures.)


Paul Ehrlich and Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize
(For his outstanding contributions to research in the field of Cell Biology, especially for the discovery of signal recognizing particles.)


Gairdner Foundation International Award
(For the dissection and elucidation of a key pathway in the unfolded protein response which regulates protein folding in the cell.)
E. B. Wilson Medal