Peter K. Lauf, M.D., University Professor and professor of pathology and pharmacology and toxicology at Boonshoft School of Medicine, will be the keynote speaker at the American Physiological Society Cell and Molecular Physiology Section (CaMPS) Banquet on April 23 in Boston. His speech, “Five Decades ‘Plus’: Encounters and Eureka Moments in Becoming a Cell Physiologist,” will explore some of the highlights of his career as a research scientist and educator.
Lauf received his M.D. degree at the University of Freiburg in Germany in 1959 and came to the United States in 1964. He served on the faculty of Wayne State and Duke Universities before being recruited by Wright State University in 1985 to chair the newly created Department of Physiology and Biophysics. He served as chair of the department from 1985 until 2003.
His NIH-funded research was on erythrocyte cation transport system, especially the Na/K pumps and the electroneutral K-Cl cotransporter. During his career, he trained numerous Ph.D.s and postdoctoral fellows. He held visiting professorships in Germany, Japan, Sweden and Australia, and joint appointments in the Department of Immunology at Duke and in Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Lauf has received several awards, including a career award from the National Institutes of Health in 1971, the Golding Research Professorship at Wright State in 1988, the 1998 Research Award from the Affiliate Society Council of Engineering in Dayton and the University Professor title at Wright State University in 2003. Last spring, he was selected by the American Physiological Society to participate in its “Living Legends in Physiology History” project.
Lauf organized the Third International Symposium on Cell Volume and Signaling held at Wright State in 2003. He currently serves as a Sage member of the Chapter Advisory Committee (CAC) of the American Physiological Society, of which he was the founding chair from 2008-2011. CAC is an assembly of U.S. State Chapters in Physiology, for which the Ohio Physiological Society, originally founded by Lauf in 1986, served as a model.