Alfred L George Jr, MDMagerstadt Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago. IL
Dr. George received his medical education at The University of Rochester (M.D. 1982) then trained in Internal Medicine at Vanderbilt University and in Nephrology at University of Pennsylvania. He developed expertise in the molecular genetics of ion channels initially as a research fellow at the Institut Suisse de Recherches Experimentales sur le Cancer in Lausanne, Switzerland, then later as a fellow in the Departments of Medicine, Biochemistry & Biophysics and Institute for Neurological Sciences at University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. George has been a pioneer in elucidating the genetics and pathogenesis of channelopathies - disorders caused by mutations in ion channel genes. His work focuses on genetic disorders caused by voltage-gated ion channel mutations that are responsible for disorders of membrane excitability especially congenital arrhythmia syndromes.
Dr. George has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. He was a recipient of the Lucille P. Markey Scholar Award in Biomedical Sciences, American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and was elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.