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New Director of Physiology at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Medicine
Office of Corporate Communications
Media contact: Jeff Ventura
May 15, 2006

William B. Guggino, Ph.D., acclaimed cystic fibrosis researcher, to lead department

William B. Guggino, Ph.D., has been named the director of physiology at The Johns GugginoHopkins University School of Medicine, effective immediately.

Guggino has spent most of his professional career at Hopkins, both as a teacher and researcher.

“Dr. Guggino’s commitment to science and to our medical school is equaled only by the passion he has for teaching, and for the mentoring of the brilliant students who have been fortunate enough to study and work with him,” said Edward Miller, M.D., Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “He has arrived at this post through years of dedicated service to this institution, his students and to the body of scientific knowledge he has helped further, and his expansive professional experiences, both in the lab and the classroom, will undoubtedly continue to benefit faculty, staff and students.”

Among his many contributions to Hopkins, Guggino has served since 1996 as vice chairman of research in the Department of Pediatrics and since 1989 as director of the Cystic Fibrosis Development Program. His own work on CF was recognized last year when he won the prestigious Doris F. Tulcin Cystic Fibrosis Research Award, an honor that marked not only his research achievements, but also his role in the training of a significant number of research and clinician scientists, dedicated to unraveling CF’s mysteries and bringing new treatments to patients quickly.

In 1992, Guggino, along with Peter Agre, M.D., authored a seminal paper published in Science, which detailed the discovery of the very first water channel protein. That line of research, 11 years later, won Agre the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Guggino’s educational credentials include a B.S. in biology from Brooklyn College, as well as an M.S. from Long Island University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, both in comparative physiology.

For 24 years Guggino has been the course director in organ systems physiology and histology and has served as the Director of the Curriculum for First Year Medical Students. He is also a former recipient of the Hopkins Excellence in Teaching Award.

Guggino replaces Peter Maloney, Ph.D., who served as interim director during the search process. Maloney accepted the temporary post after former director and current faculty member, William Agnew, Ph.D., stepped down in February of 2004.