Francisco Bezanilla, Ph.D.

Lillian Eichelberger Cannon Professor Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Affiliation
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Biographical Info

Research Interest

Biophysics of excitability: Structure-Function in Voltage Dependent Ionic Channels and Transport proteins.

Honors and Awards

Keneth S. Cole Award ( 1990)
Society of General Physiologists Plenary Lecturer (1990)
The Third Magoun Lecture, Brain Research Institute, UCLA (1992)
Appointed as Leslie Scholar in Neuroscience (1998)
American Physiological Society Annual Lecturer (1994)
Appointed as Susumu Hagiwara Professor of Neuroscience (1995)
Fellow of the Biophysical Society (1999)
Annual Review Prize Lecture, The Physiological Society, U.K. (2000)
Elected to the Latin American Academy of Sciences (2002)
Elected to United States Academy of Sciences (2006)
Doctor Honoris Causa University of Antwerp, Belgium & A.R. Martin Lecture (2007)
Lillian Eichelberger Cannon Professor (2008)
President Biophysical Society (2013 – 2014)
Doctor Honoris Causa Universidad de Valparaiso, Chile (2014)
Fellow AAAS (2014)
The Hille Lecture, University of Washington (2015)
The 8th Annual Koster Lecture, Washington University in St. Louis. (2016)

Featured Publications

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  • Ph.D., 1968, Catholic University, Santiago, Chile, Biophysics
  • M.S., 1967, Catholic University, Santiago, Chile, Biophysics
  • B.S., 1964, Catholic University, Santiago, Chile, Biology


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