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Maria

MD/PhD Doctor of Medicine and of Philosophy candidate

Expertise
Chemical Biology, Drug Development, Biological Experimental Assay Development

Project ideas

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Literature Review: 5-HT2 (Serotonin)-specific Small Molecules and Their Potential Applications

5-HT2 receptors (release serotonin) are important for regulation of sleep and play a role in the disease progression of depression. SSRIs target the serotonin transporter (SERT) and are often used for treatment of depression and some sleep conditions. However, specifically targeting serotonin receptor release could provide potential nuance and benefit in treatment of serotonin-related conditions. This review would entail reading about the function of 5-HT2 receptors and explore current research in selective small molecule development.

Coding skills

Matlab and some Python

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