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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. Maria Waldhoer

"I am a pharmacologist with a ~30 years background in academia and industry, working both in big pharma and biotech settings. My experience in basic research at several universities worldwide and early R&D at Novo Nordisk A/S allowed me to shape a swiss start-up company from a scientifc idea to a thriving Biotech focusing on Systems Biology & AI to accelerate the quest for novel & safer drugs on GPCRs.

After a well needed break from the grind, I am now a scientific/business consultant for clients both in Academia and in the Life sciences and Healthcare industry.

I am a recent convert and strong advocate for integrating mindfulness and mental wellbeing into demanding work routines."

Dr. Maria Waldhoer on the web


About Dr. JoAnn Trejo


"Dr. JoAnn Trejo earned her Ph.D. at UC San Diego. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at UC San Francisco under the guidance of Professor Shaun Coughlin where she worked on the newly discovered protease-activated GPCRs. Dr. Trejo joined the faculty in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina in 2000 and then moved to UC San Diego School Medicine, Department of Pharmacology in 2008, where she quickly rose through the ranks to tenured professor in 2012. In 2014, she was appointed Vice-Chair of the Department of Pharmacology.

The long-term goal of Dr. Trejo’s research program is to gain a thorough and mechanistic understanding of processes that control cell signaling by protease-activated receptors (PARs) and the impact on vascular inflammation and cancer progression. PARs are GPCRs that are activated through an atypical irreversible proteolytic mechanism. The precise control of PAR signaling is critical for proper temporal and spatial dynamics of signaling and appropriate cellular responses. Discovering new aspects of PAR signaling is important for increasing the fundamental knowledge of GPCR biology and for the identification of drug targets and future drug development. Dr. Trejo’s research has focused on PAR1, which has important functions in hemostasis, thrombosis, inflammation, and cancer and is an important drug target. She has made numerous important discoveries related to the mechanisms that control PAR1 signaling and closely related family members and published extensively on this topic. Dr. Trejo has been continuously funded by the NIH for >20 years and was a recipient of the prestigious American Heart Association Established Investigator Award. Her laboratory is the recognized expert on protease-activated receptors, particularly PAR1, and over the years she has discovered novel aspects of GPCR biology, acquired critical expertise, and rigorous approaches to examine PAR1 function using human cultured cells and mouse models. Dr. Trejo has presented her studies at 52 national/international meetings and 66 academic seminars across the U.S."



Dr. JoAnn Trejo on the web



About Anne Marie Quinn

"Anne Marie Quinn has a long and varied work experience in the biocomputing and bioinformatics fields. From 1987 to 1994, they were the Director of Biocomputing at The Salk Institute, where they managed institute-wide network and biocomputing services, served on the Steering Committee of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and provided consultation for genetic sequence analysis, molecular modeling and database searching. In 1994, they became a Bioinformatics Scientist at CuraGen Corporation. From 1995 to 2002, they worked at Yale University School of Medicine as the Bioinformatics Core Facility Manager, where they managed a technical support team providing scientific data analysis and database development services, contributed analytic support resulting in authorship of numerous scientific publications and new funding, and developed and co-taught a new course in bioinformatics for graduate students. From 2002 to 2006, they were a Senior Application Scientist at Accelrys, where they were the technical point of contact for customers assessing features of software products for drug discovery and genomic analysis, delivered technical presentations and software demonstrations to prospective customers worldwide, and developed web-based case notes, marketing seminars and product literature for scientific software. Finally, since 2006, they have been the Chief Executive Officer at Montana Molecular, LLC.

Anne Marie Quinn attended Yale University from 1998 to 2000, where they earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. Prior to that, they obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from California State University, Long Beach in 1982."

Anne Marie Quinn on the web

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