Bertil Hille, BSc, PhD

Bertil Hille, B.Sc., PhD, is Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA, where he teaches medical, graduate, and postdoctoral students.  In 1964, he established the concept of ion channels and studied biophysical mechanisms of ion permeation and pharmacological modification of ion channels in nerve and muscle cells, awarding him the 1999 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research and the 2001 Gairdner International Award. He also explained the blocking mechanisms for small channel blockers, including dynamic block by local anesthetics.  Dr. Hille is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, and author of the book Ion Channels of Excitable Membranes.

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