Dr. Pierre Morell

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Pierre Morell (Mosewicki)

Hebrew: מוסביצקי
Birthplace: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Death: July 15, 2003 (61)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States (Illness)
Place of Burial: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Anatol George Morell and Helena Morell
Husband of Private
Father of Private and Private

Occupation: Professor of Biochemistry
Managed by: Noam Finger
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About Dr. Pierre Morell

Morell was born in the Dominican Republic, where his parents settled briefly after fleeing Poland at the outbreak of WWII. Pierre attended the Bronx H.S. of Science and then Columbia, where he was active on the swim team. After graduating from the College, he followed his parents’ path into scientific research by earning a doctorate in biochemistry in 1968 from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He joined the biochemistry faculty at the University of North Carolina in 1973, where his research interests centered on the metabolism and functions of myelin, the cellular support that enables communication between neurons. He was among the first to recognize the necessity of understanding myelin as the sum of its biochemical, genetic and molecular properties. He and his collaborators produced more than 120 scientific papers, reviews, book chapters and textbooks. Morell served as the director of the UNC neuroscience program for 10 years, during which time the program helped establish the university as a leader in neuroscience graduate training, and was active on grant committees for the National Institutes of Health. An unusual aspect of his relationship with UNC, where he was a professor of biochemistry and biophysics, was that Morell also was an adjunct professor in the department of exercise and sport science, where, as a master diving instructor, he developed its scuba program and taught.

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Dr. Pierre Morell's Timeline

December 10, 1941
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
July 15, 2003
Age 61
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
July 2003
Age 61
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States