Peter Agre shared the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering aquaporins, a family of water channel proteins found throughout nature and responsible for numerous physiological processes and implicated in multiple human clinical disorders. Agre is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine for which he chaired the Committee on Human Rights. From 2009-2011, Agre served as President and Chair of the Board of Advisors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and became active in science diplomacy leading visits by American scientists to Cuba, Iran, and North Korea.
In 1984, Agre joined the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty and rose to the rank of Professor of Biological Chemistry and Professor of Medicine. Agre is currently Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and oversees field research in rural Zambia, Zimbabwe, and DR Congo.
A native of Minnesota, Peter Agre studied chemistry at Augsburg College (B.A. 1970) and medicine at Johns Hopkins (M.D. 1974). He completed Medical Residency at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in Cleveland and Oncology Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.