Sutton Lab

Dr. Laurie Sutton started as an assistant professor in the UMBC Department of Biological Sciences in Fall 2019. Laurie obtained her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Western Ontario. She traded the cold of Canada for the Florida sun during her postdoctoral studies in the Dr. Kirill Martemyanov Lab at The Scripps Research Institute. There, she continued her interest in cell signaling by identifying those events responsible for shaping mood and stress responses by tapping into the unchartered biology of orphan receptors. With over 100 orphan receptors whose cognate ligands are unknown and their physiological function remaining largely a mystery, there is a lot of discovery still to be made. Her lab will continue to study orphan receptors that are highly expressed in the brain to determine their physiological function, which may hold promise of therapeutic targets.

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