Richard Morimoto
Dr. Richard Morimoto

McGovern Medical School will welcome Dr. Richard Morimoto, 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, as part of the Dean’s Lecture Series next week.

Morimoto, who has been on the faculty at Northwestern University since 1982, will be giving his lecture at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 in MSB 3.001. His lecture will focus on “Proteostasis networks and the heat shock response in aging and neurodegenerative diseases.”

The Dean’s Lecture Series was established in 1983 to promote and encourage professional development and spark collaborative interest.  Sponsored by the Research Committee, each year eminent scientists across various scientific disciplines are invited to present their work. Lecture topics range from basic science research to patient care topics.

Morimoto’s research focuses on the regulation of the heat shock stress response and the function of molecular chaperones that are central to diverse protein conformational diseases, including Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and Alzheimer’s disease. His current research aims to understand how animals sense and respond to physiologic and environmental stress through the activation of genetic pathways that integrate stress responses with molecular and cellular responses that determine cell growth and cell death.

Morimoto’s lab has published over 280 papers and serves on Scientific Advisory Boards throughout the world, including The Center for Molecular and Cell Biology at The University of Heidelberg, Institute for Protein Dynamics at Kyoto Sangyo University, Biocity Turku in Finland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Hereditary Disease Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. He has received MERIT awards from the National Institutes of Health, election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science among other awards.