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The Rudy Clarenburg Lecture Series


Dr. Rudy Clarenburg

The Rudy Clarenburg Lecture Series was established in 1996 to honor the late Rudolf Clarenburg, Professor of Anatomy and Physiology. The Lecture Series brings nationally and internationally acclaimed scientists to Kansas State University to discuss their research interests with students and faculty throughout the University.

Dr. Rudolf Clarenburg joined the Department of Anatomy and Physiology in October, 1966. He received his Doctor of Sciences in 1965 from Netherlands State University, Utrecht, Holland. Dr. Clarenburg was a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Physiology, University of California, Berkeley from 1959 to 1966. At K-State he taught courses in physiological chemistry, intermediary metabolism and veterinary physiology. In 1983 Dr. Clarenburg received the Norden Distinguished Teacher award “for distinguished teaching in the field of veterinary medicine.”

The Dr. Rudolf Clarenburg Lectureship is made possible by the generous support received from Mrs. Margalith Clarenburg and her family. Mrs. Clarenburg passed away on April 10, 2002, following a long battle with cancer. She is deeply missed by her family and friends, but her legacy and support for the Clarenburg Lecture Series will continue for many years to come.

The current lecture series features:

Colin G. Nichols, Ph.D.
Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Nichols will present two lectures:
October 27, 2008 at 3:30 p.m.
“The Molecular Basis of Potassium ATP Channel Activity”

October 28, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.
“Electrical Signaling: from Molecules to Malaise”

Both seminars will be held in the Practice Management Center – Trotter Hall

Colin G. Nichols

Colin G. Nichols, Ph.D., is the Carl Cori Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology at Washington University School of Medicine. He received a BSc in Biochemistry and Physiology, and a Ph.D. in Physiology, from Leeds University in England. He then completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Physiology at the University of Maryland and joined the Washington University School of Medicine faculty in 1991.

Dr. Nichols’ research focuses on the biology of ion channels, and their role in linking cellular metabolism to electrical activity in various tissues. His major discoveries have included the molecular mechanism of inward rectification, and the electrical basis of neonatal diabetes. Supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Diabetes Association, he was also an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association, and an inaugural honoree as a Fellow of the American Heart Association. He has served on the editorial boards of Biophysical Journal, Circulation Research, Journal of General Physiology and Channels. He has also served as Chair of the Membrane Biophysics Sub-Group of the Biophysical Society, and as President of the Society of General Physiologists.

For more information about Dr. Nichols please visit his webpage at

We are grateful that Dr. Nichols will present The Dr. Rudolf Clarenburg Lectureship in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. We hope that you will attend his lectures.

Former Clarenburg Lecturers

2008 Dr. Robert J. Genco
2007 Dr. Peter Agre
2007 Dr. William B. Guggino
2006 Dr. Mark A. Knepper
2006 Dr. Avril Somlyo
2004 Dr. Jim Riviere
2003 Dr. Jeanne M. Nerbonne
2002 Dr. Michael Welsh
2002 Dr. Gerald DiBona
2001 Dr. George A. Brooks
1999 Dr. Arthur "Buzz" Brown
1998 Dr. Clara Franzini-Armstrong
1998 Dr. Gordon Mitchell
1997 Dr. Kim Johnson
1997 Dr. Larry Sinoway