Dr. Urban is an Associate Professor in the Molecular Biology and Genetics department at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He obtained his B.Sc. in Honours Genetics at the University of Alberta (Canada), where he studied DNA replication using bacteriophage T4 and Hepatitis B Virus. Dr. Urban received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (UK), where he studied developmental signalling with Matthew Freeman at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology. Here Dr. Urban ultimately discovered that the classical Drosophila developmental regulator rhomboid functions as an intramembrane protease. He continued to study rhomboid mechanism as a JB & Millicent Kaye Prize Fellow of Christ’s College in the University of Cambridge, before moving to Harvard in the fall of 2003. Dr. Urban has received over 40 awards for his work, including: the Genetics Society of America Sandler Award for Most Outstanding International Ph.D. Dissertation, Oxford’s Rolleston and MRC’s Max Perutz Prizes for Original Research, HRH the Pricess of Wales’ Canada Scholarship for AIDS Research, and the Cambridge Gedge Prize for Outstanding Observations in Physiology.