Walter Boron, the David N. and Inez Myers/Antonio Scarpa Professor and chairman of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Aarhus University in Denmark.
Boron’s research interest is acid-base homeostasis. He and his colleagues were the first to demonstrate cell-pH regulation. They discovered and cloned several bicarbonate transporters, elucidated the sensing of molecular carbon dioxide and bicarbonate, and introduced several experimental paradigms for studying cellular acid-base physiology.
More recently, Boron’s group has extended its interest to understanding mechanisms of gas movement through aquaporins and Rh proteins, and the physiological significance of this movement.