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Dr. GPCR Podcast

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About Dr. Yamina Berchiche

Dr. Yamina A. Berchiche is the founder of Dr. GPCR, an ecosystem designed to bring together stakeholders interested in using G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs) that control virtually everything in the body as drug targets. The mission of Dr. GPCR is to accelerate GPCR drug discovery by sharing the latest research and technology advances in the field and providing exposure to scientists through the Dr. GPCR podcast. Dr. Berchiche obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Montreal in Canada before training at Rockefeller University in New York and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. She developed expertise over the past two decades studying structure/function relationships of GPCRs using live-cell bioluminescence resonance energy transfer (BRET). Her work focused on chemokine receptors, members of the GPCR family that control cell movement in the body.

Dr. Yamina Berchiche on the web


About Dr. Shivani Sachdev

Dr. Sachdev is an early career researcher in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Her research centers on developing nanobody-ligand conjugates to target GPCRs, with a focus on receptors relevant for treating osteoporosis, diabetes, and pain. She received her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from KIIT University in India. She subsequently joined Professor Mark Connor's laboratory at Macquarie University in Australia. Dr. Sachdev pursued Ph.D. in the same lab where she investigated the molecular pharmacology of cannabinoid receptors. She is also very active within the pharmacology community and currently serves on the editorial board of the British Journal of Pharmacology. Given her expertise in GPCR pharmacology and scientific communication, she is poised to make valuable contributions to the field and expand our understanding of GPCR signaling.

Dr. Shivani Sachdev on the web


About Dr. Inês Pinheiro

PharmD by training and Ph.D. candidate in Hartley's lab at the University of Geneva. As a young researcher fascinated by chemokine receptors, molecular pharmacology, drug discovery, and immuno-oncology.

Dr. Inês Pinheiro on the web


About Dr. Monserrat Avila Zozaya

I did a PhD in cell biology at CINVESTAV, Mexico. During that time, I investigated the effect of lung cancer-related mutations in the GAIN domain of the Latrophilin 3 receptor. My long-term interest is focused on understanding the mechanisms mediated by GPCRs at the cellular communication level.

Dr. Monserrat Avila Zozaya on the web


About John Azietaku

John Teye Azietaku,PhD is a trained pharmacist, holding a Ph.D. in Drug Discovery Biology and Pharmacology from Monash University. Currently serving as a Post Doctoral research fellow at Monash University, John plays a pivotal role in the pharmacological screening of compounds for a commercial drug discovery program. With prior industry experience as a Clinical Research Associate at IQVIA and regulatory officer at the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) in Ghana, John has a proven track record of ensuring compliance with protocols and regulatory standards. Driven by a passion for advancing drug development, John is committed to leveraging his expertise to enhance healthcare outcomes and contribute to the growth of the pharmaceutical and biotech industry.

John Azietaku on the web


About Ya-Tzu Li

Ya-Tzu is a Master's student at the University of South Florida, utilizing large-scale virtual drug screening to identify agonists and antagonists targeting Class A GPCRs. Since beginning her undergraduate studies, she has used computational methods like molecular dynamics simulations and free energy landscape analysis to understand the signaling pathways and activation mechanisms of the Dopamine D3 receptor and the CXCR4-CXCL12 complex. In August, Ya-Tzu will continue her academic and research pursuits by beginning her PhD training in Medical Science at USF, aiming to further contribute to the field of medical pharmacology.

Ya-Tzu Li on the web


About Cam Sinh Lu

Cam Sinh Lu is a PhD student at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, with a deep interest in understanding drug-receptor interactions. With an immense passion for molecular pharmacology, his research focuses on elucidating the molecular basis of membrane protein signalling using quantitative assays and molecular modelling. Further down the track, he aims to apply this knowledge to develop novel chemical treatments for neuronal and cardiovascular diseases.

Cam Sinh Lu on the web


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