Rongfang Liu is a Ph.D. student at the Division of Medicinal Chemistry. Her PhD project focuses on activation, biased signaling, and thermostability of the hydroxy-carboxylic acid 2 receptor (HCA2).
From September 2004 to June 2011, I studied Biology at Lanzhou University, P.R. China, where I obtained my Bachelor and Master. My master research focused on BR and NO Signaling pathway interaction, and exploring the pathogenesis of mental diseases (at Kunming Institute of Botany). I would like to further my training in Biomedical Science while focusing on Drug Discovery. I had a chance to go abroad to finish my PhD with support from the China Scholarship Council. September 2011 I started as a PhD student at the department of Medicinal Chemistry, Leiden University.
My PhD project focuses on activation, biased signaling, and thermostability of the hydroxy-carboxylic acid 2 receptor (HCA 2). This is the G protein-coupled receptor for nicotinic acid and the endogenous ligand 3-hydroxybutyrate. Comparing these receptors with theadenosine receptors that are also studied in the division may teach us the similarities and differences between the receptor structures.