About Dr. Gerald Pollack
Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Dr. Gerald Pollack is an international leader in the field of water research. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. Since then, his research interests have ranged broadly over the scientific spectrum, from cardiac dynamics and electrophysiology, to muscle contraction, cell biology, and more recently to the role of water in nature.
Currently Dr. Pollack runs the Pollack Laboratory at the University of Washington, which focuses on uncovering some of nature’s most deeply held secrets. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of the scientific journal WATER, a multidisciplinary research journal that brings together water-oriented research from diverse disciplines.
Professor Pollack has earned many distinctions, medals, and honors. He was awarded the highest faculty honor bestowed by his university, the Annual Award Lectureship at the University of Washington in 2008. View full list of honors.
- Dinsdale Prize- Society for Scientific Exploration, 2014
- Scientific Excellence Award- World Academy of Neural Science, 2014
- Director- Institute for Venture Science, 2013
- Inaugural Chair- Annual Conference on the Physics, Chemistry, and Biology of Water, 2006; Chair- 07, 09, 10, 11,12, 13
- Foreign member and Academician- Academy of Science, Srpska, 2012
- TEDx talk, 2012
- Prigogine Medal for thermodynamics of dissipative systems, 2012
- Martin Hellsten Surface-Chemistry Award- AkzoNobel Chalmers, 2011
- Chair- US-Israel Binational Science Foundation Panel on Transformative Research, 2011
- NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award, 2009
- Founding Editor-in-Chief, WATER: A Multidisciplinary Research Journal, 2008
- University of Washington Annual Award Lectureship, 2008
- Advisor- National Science Board Task Force for Transformative Research, 2005-2006
- Consultant- Whitaker Foundation, 1996-2006
- Fellow- Biomedical Engineering Society, 2005
- Honorary Professor- Russian Academy of Sciences, 2005
- Chair (joint, founding)- Gordon Research Conference on “Interfacial Water in Cell Biology”, 2004
- Honorary Doctorate- Ural State University, Ekaterinburg Russia, 2002
- Distinguished Lecturer Award- Biomedical Engineering Society, 2002
- Invited Scholar- Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, Paris, 2002
- Fellow- American Heart Association, 2001
- Inaugural Fellow- Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences, AHA, 2001
- JSEM Scientific Paper Award, 1998
- Founding Fellow, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, 1993
- Honorary member, Romanian Muscle Society, 1992
- Board of Directors, Bioengineering Society, 1977-79; NIH Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Study Section, March, 1979, 1980
- Established Investigatorship- American Heart Association, 1974-79
Professor Pollack is in demand internationally as a catalytic lecturer.
In his spare time in Seattle, he enjoys gardening, cooking, skiing, and ruminating on subjects as diverse as the origin of weather, the molecular basis of brain function, and solving the world’s crises (water, energy, health). He has also been known to build ponds, harpsichords, and tree houses.