Peter K. Lauf
Peter K Lauf, received his M.D. degree at the University of Freiburg/Germany in 1959 under the mentorship of the neurophysiologist Paul Hoffmann and the pharmacologist Karl Fleckenstein. He was fellow at the Institute of Pathology in Freiburg from 1960-62, and recipient of a Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft stipend from 1962-1964 at the Max Planck Institute of Immunochemistry in Freiburg. In 1964 he emigrated to Detroit (US citizen since 1975) to become Research Associate with M.D. Poulik an the Child Research Center and in 1966 Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Wayne State University. In 1967 he joined Daniel C. Tosteson's Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Duke University where he advanced from Assistant to Full Professor in 1978. In 1985 he was called to Wright State University in Dayton, OH, to chair the new Department of Physiology and Biophysics. In 2003, Dr. Lauf stepped down from the chair and became University Professor. Since 2008, Dr. Lauf is officially Professor Emeritus, but "inofficially" still continues his research into properties of membrane transport, especially the K-Cl cotransporter and the Na/K pump. He lists 155 published papers and reviews or book chapters. His research in these areas has been supported for years by the National Institute of Health (including an RCDA) and the American Heart Association. He has trained numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He was member of > 10 scientific societies, and served for many years on NIH study sections, and on five editorial boards, especially for 19 years on the Board of the American Journal of Physiology (Cell Physiology). He held visiting faculty positions in Japan and Australia. In 1985 Dr. Lauf was Chair of the Membrane Biophysics Subgroup of the Biophysical Society, and he established the Beaufort Membrane Biophysics Symposia in 1987-97. Dr. Lauf served for 6 years as counselor on the Cell and Molecular Physiology section. In 1986 Dr. Lauf became founder of the Ohio Physiological Society Chapter of the APS which since has been joined by some 14 Sister State Chapters, and he recently served as the founding Chair of the Chapter Advisory Board (2009-2011). Dr. Lauf is married to Norma C. Adragna-Lauf, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology at WSU, and he has 3 children and 4 grand children. He enjoys playing the piano and harpsichord, golfing, and skiing in the Rockies.