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Louise Fletcher Nikolajsen

Louise Fletcher Nikolajsen

PhD Student

PhD project

G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) form one of the largest human protein families and mediate the effect of 27% of current drugs. GPCR crystal structures are very valuable for understanding basic receptor structure and function, and as basis for rational drug design. Although still very challenging, technological breakthroughs have led to the determination of more than 110 GPCR crystal structures of 28 unique receptors. 

During the first part of my PhD I will gain knowledge with how to crystallize GPCRs at iHuman Institute, Shanghai, China, under the supervision of Prof. Raymond Stevens. During the second part I will use and distribute this knowledge at University of Copenhagen under the supervision of Prof. Jette Kastrup, Prof. Michael Gajhede, and Ass. Prof. David Gloriam.

Education

2012-2014 M.Sc. in Molecular Biomedicine

Employment

2015 PhD student, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, UCPH

2015 Research Assistant, Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, UCPH

Studies abroad

2015 Occupational Trainee at University of Queensland, Australia

2014 Occupational Trainee at University of Queensland, Australia

2013 Summer school, Harvard University, USA

2011 Exchange program, Australian National University, Australia

Scientific honours

2014 Recipient of the Novo Nordic Scholarship

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