William Guggino, M.D. '69
Keynote Speaker, Distinguished Alumni Award
William B. Guggino, M.D. '69 is a professor, researcher and mentor who has pioneered groundbreaking research on cystic fibrosis and dedicated much of his time to the training and mentoring of future scientists.
Dr. Guggino has had a long and distinguished career at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he serves as a professor of pediatrics and physiology and heads the Cystic Fibrosis Research Development Program. He is also co-director of the Polycystic Kidney Disease Research and Clinical Core Center. His substantial research in the field of cystic fibrosis and effective mentorship of clinical scientists have contributed to medical advances that have significantly prolonged the lifespan of people living with this disease.
Dr. Guggino's collaboration with Hopkins colleague Dr. Peter Agre on research on water channel proteins led to discoveries that eventually won Agre the 2003 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Agre often credited Guggino for critical experiments that led up to his award.
In 2006, Dr. Guggino received the Doris F. Tulcin Cystic Fibrosis Research Award from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which recognized his research achievements as well as his contributions as a mentor. He has been a recipient of the Hopkins Excellence in Teaching Award and the National Institutes of Health Merit Award, and was recently elected as a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium.
Dr. Guggino was born and raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He obtained a bachelor of science in biology from Brooklyn College in 1969, a master of science in comparative physiology from Long Island University C.W. Post College, and a doctorate in marine biology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He also was a fellow at Yale Medical School in renal physiology in 1982.
For his commitment to clinical research that has greatly advanced our understanding of the root causes of cystic fibrosis and many diseases, and for his role in mentoring the next generation of scientists, Brooklyn College honors Dr. William B. Guggino with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.