PhD, William D. Willis, Jr, MD, PhD Memorial Lecture, Lewin Lab, Germany
Gary Lewin, PhD is manx and was born and raised on the Isle of Man and studied Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of Sheffield. He completed his PhD studies in Stephen McMahon’s lab in London before moving to Stony Brook, New York to work with Lorne Mendell. Gary is interested in the development, plasticity and function of the somatosensory system. With Lorne Mendell he discovered a role for nerve growth factor (NGF) in chronic inflammatory pain. After working at the Max-Planck Institute in Munich, Gary established his own group Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin (MDC). His group pioneered the study of touch transduction and discovered the first mammalian proteins necessary for normal touch sensation. Starting 16 years ago his group started to exploit the extreme physiology of African naked mole-rats to discover molecular tricks to resist hypoxia, remain healthy in old age and suppress pain.