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Wray Huestis

Wray Huestis

Professor of Chemistry, Emerita


Professor Wray Huestis’ research concerns the molecular mechanisms whereby cells control their shape, motility, deformability and the structural integrity of their membranes. Metabolic control of interprotein and protein-lipid interactions is studied by a variety of biochemical, spectroscopic and radiochemical techniques, including fluorescence and EPR spectrometry, autoradiography and electron microscopy. The role of lipid metabolism and transport in regulating the fluid dynamics of cell suspensions (red blood cells, platelets, lymphocytes) is examined using circulating cells and cells grown in culture. Cell-cell and cell-liposome interactions are studied using model membrane systems with widely differing physical properties. Complexes of liposomes and encapsulated viruses are used as selective vectors to deliver water-soluble compounds across the membranes of intact cells. The particular projects described in the listed publications have as a common goal an understanding of the molecular workings of the cell membrane.


Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Chemistry

Other Appointments

Vice-Chair, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University (2005 - 2011)
Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University (1980 - 1986)
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Stanford University (1974 - 1980)
Sloan Fellow, Stanford University (1977 - 1979)

Honors & Awards

Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford University (1988)
Sloan Foundation Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (1977-79)
National Institutes of Health Research Career Development, NIH (1977 - 1981)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

Member, Stanford University Committee on Libraries (2012 - 2013)
Member, Stanford Chemistry Department Graduate Studies Committee (2011)
Member, Stanford Chemistry Department Curriculum Committee (2011)
Member, ad hoc committee on design of Teaching and Learning Center Chemistry and Biology Departments (2011 - 2013)
Ombuds, Chemistry Department (2003 - 2011)
Member, Phi Beta Kappa (1997)
Chair, Stanford Chemistry Department Committee on Teaching Assignments (1990 - 2011)
Member, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Panel (1989 - 1992)
Member, Red Cell Club (1980)
Member, Biophysical Society (1979)

Professional Education

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Chemistry (1974)
PhD, California Institute of Technology, Biophysics, minor in Chemistry (1972)
BA, Macalester College, Chemistry (1967)

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