Peter Agre, an MD, who shared the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2003, is joining the faculty at Duke University Medical Center.

Agre will serve as vice chancellor for science and technology. His appointment is effective July 15. He has already begun a six-month sabbatical at Duke to prepare for the new job.

The position is a new one at Duke, and Agre will play a key role in guiding biomedical research at the medical school, the university said.

Agre, who served an hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, comes to Duke from Johns Hopkins University

“Peter is one of the most accomplished physician-scientists of our era,” said Victor Dzau, CEO of Duke University Health System and chancellor for health affairs at Duke. “But he is even further distinguished by his passion to improve the lives of people throughout the world. His interests span not only science and medicine, but also human rights and the education of children in math and science. His worldview is perfectly matched to Duke’s aspirations, and we are delighted that he will help us shape the future of this institution and medicine worldwide.