IGSB Associate Senior Fellow Richard Morimoto Named AAAS Fellow

Richard I. Morimoto is the Bill and Gayle Cook Professor of Biology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, a professor of molecular biosciences and director of the Rice Institute for Biomedical Research.


Morimoto is widely recognized for his research on the regulation of the heat shock stress response and the function of molecular chaperones.

His current research is to understand how organisms sense and respond to physiological 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. The stress of misfolded and damaged proteins influences neuronal function and lifespan at the level of the organism. Morimoto’s studies provide a molecular basis to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of age-associated diseases, including Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and metabolic disease.

Morimoto has received numerous awards, including a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health.

His laboratory has published more than 210 papers, including three books on the heat shock response and molecular chaperones

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