The Scripps Research Institute has appointed Kirill Martemyanov as associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience.

Martemyanov, who is 36, will work on the Scripps Florida campus in Jupiter. Prior to his appointment, he was assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota.

“Kirill’s work has already uncovered some novel mechanisms of G proteins and has clearly indicated their potential as targets for drug development,” said Ron L. Davis, chair of the Scripps Research Department of Neuroscience. “We want to offer Kirill a warm welcome to Scripps Florida and the department.”

Martemyanov’s laboratory is investigating the fundamental principles governing signal transduction in G protein-coupled receptor pathways, which mediate a vast number of biological processes such as perception of light and odor, as well as responses to hormones and neurotransmitters. Dysfunction in G protein pathways is associated with a range of the disorders, including mental, neurological, visual, and cardiovascular diseases.

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