Keynote Lecture by
Richard Morimoto, Ph.D.
Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Director of the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research
Dr. Richard Morimoto received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago. He is widely recognized for his research on the regulation of the heat shock stress response and the function of molecular chaperones. The Morimoto laboratory researches how the stress of misfolded proteins and the transcriptional regulation of the heat shock response are related to neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington's, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. His laboratory has published over 250 papers and three monographs including two books on the Heat Shock Response and Molecular Chaperones from Cold Spring Harbor Press. He has also received two MERIT awards from the National Institutes of Health and has been supported by the grants from the National Institutes for General Medical Science, National Institutes on Aging, National Institutes for Neurological Diseases and Stroke, American Cancer Society, Huntington's Disease Society of America, the Hereditary Disease Foundation, and the ALS Association. In addition to giving frequent talks at universities and scientific symposia throughout the world, he has been a Visiting Professor at universities in Israel, Japan, Rome, Beijing, Finland and France. He is a founder of Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc. in Cambridge, MA, a biotech company that is discovering and developing novel small molecule therapeutics designed to control the body’s protein homeostasis.