Peter Walter Wins the Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Sciences
By Pete Farley | UCSF.edu | January 27, 2015
Peter Walter, PhD, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, has received the 2015 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Sciences, which recognizes major contributions to science made by immigrants to America.
Walter, professor of biochemistry and biophysics, was born in West Berlin, Germany, during the Cold War era. He joined the UCSF faculty in 1983. A Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator since 1997, Walter was honored for two main achievements. In the 1980s, while working in the Rockefeller University laboratory of Günter Blobel, PhD, Walter discovered a molecular apparatus in cells called the signal recognition particle, which facilitates the transport of newly minted proteins across a cellular compartment called the endoplasmic reticulum by homing in on address tags on the proteins.