Peter Walter: Squeezing Time for Art

Peter Walter: Squeezing Time for Art

Peter Walter loves the balance between the intellectual exercise of doing science and the hands-on activities of wood and metal working. He shares with us some of the wonderful pieces of art he has created and the stories behind them.

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About the Speaker

As well as being a skilled artisan, Peter Walter is Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of California, San Francisco and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. His lab studies how cells regulate the quantity of their organelles and how proteins localize to the right place within a cell. Walter is also a long-time co-author of “The Molecular Biology of the Cell”, one of the most widely used textbooks in the field. In 2014, Walter was awarded the Shaw Prize and the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his research. See more about his lab at

About the interviewer: David Pincus was a graduate student in the Tetrad program at UCSF. He is currently a Fellow at the Whitehead Institute.

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