Young Scientists at #LINO70: Maria Marti Solano – On the Way to a More Personalised Medicine
#LINO70 young scientist Maria Marti Solano is a postdoctoral resarch fellow at MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology,working on G protein-coupled receptors. Learn more about her resarch, the role of big data in her approach and what she missed during the pandemic on our blog:
GPCR stands for G protein-coupled receptors. These receptors are widely distributed in our bodies to detect external signals such as odours, hormones or neurotransmitters and start appropriate responses inside our cells. Besides receiving such signals, these receptors are also targeted by the majority of drugs prescribed nowadays. When many of these drugs were discovered, there was barely any information available on how receptors were distributed in different tissues or how they differed in the population. This could help explain some of the side effects of current drugs or why individuals respond to some drugs differently.