Andrea Welling is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Technical University Munich, Germany. Her main research interests are signal transduction in the cardiovascular system. Her main method is the patch-clamp technique. Welling started her work in biology at the University of Kaiserslautern working on insect physiology. She moved over to the Medical Department at the Saarland University, where she analyzed calcium channel physiology in smooth muscle cells. In 1991, she received a Ph.D. degree in biology. In the same year, she moved to Munich and started as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the laboratory of Franz Hofmann at the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department of the Technical University. She continued her work on calcium channels in native and expression systems. In 1992, she joined the laboratory of Rocky Kass at the Department of Physiology, Medical Faculty, Rochester, NY, USA, where she identified an important difference in drug action on cardiac and smooth muscle calcium channels. Back in Munich, her research focus remained the calcium channels with extensive studies on mutant mice. Later, she expanded her studies to sodium and potassium channels in pancreatic islet and other cell types. In an ongoing collaboration with the Cardiology Department, she succeeded in characterizing for the first time an LQT syndrome in patient-specific cardiomyocytes differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells. In 2001, Welling received a research fellowship from the Technical University Munich. The Wulf-Vater-Dihydropyridine-Forschungspreis was rewarded to her in 2004. Her research is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.
Biography Updated on 3 April 2012