Zach W. Hall

Board Member: 2000 - 2003

Current Institution
University of California, San Francisco
Emeritus Professor and Executive Vice Chancellor

Research Interests

Dr. Zach W. Hall was recently Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco. From 1994 until 1997, he served as Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the NIH. Dr. Hall has made fundamental contributions to the investigation of the neuromuscular junction, is the author and editor of An Introduction to Molecular Neurobiology, a widely used textbook, has published more than 100 original papers and reviews in scientific journals, and was founding editor of Neuron, a leading journal of cellular and molecular neurobiology.

Dr. Hall is a member of the Medical Advisory Board of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and of the Executive Board of the Dana Foundation Alliance. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Neurological Association, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Hall received his undergraduate degree in English from Yale University in 1958 and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry (Medical Sciences) from Harvard University in 1966. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford, Dr. Hall was a junior faculty member in the Department of Neurobiology at Harvard. From 1968 to 1976 he was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School Department of Neurobiology and from 1976 until 1994, he was the Lange Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology at the University of California at San Francisco.

Much of Dr. Hall's research work has been concerned with the molecular structure and function of the neuromuscular junction. His work has focused particularly on the structure and assembly of the acetylcholine receptor and how it becomes clustered in the postsynaptic membrane underneath the nerve terminal during synaptogenesis. Most recently, his laboratory has investigated the roles of the extracellular matrix proteins, agrin and laminin, in these processes.