Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Aldrich, Richard W.
Location The University of Texas at Austin
Primary Field Physiology and Pharmacology
Secondary Field Biophysics and Computational Biology
 Election Citation
Aldrich has pioneered the study of physical mechanisms that determine whether ion channels are open or closed. He demonstrated a "ball-and-chain" mechanism for shutting off potassium channels, and delineated how depolarization and calcium operate jointly to open calcium-activated potassium channels, illuminating channel inactivation and activation.

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