Val J. Watts
Val J. Watts earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmacy from Ohio Northern University in 1990. He then earned his Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994. His dissertation studies were aimed at examining the molecular determinants for dopamine receptor activation. Dr. Watts completed his postdoctoral training in molecular pharmacology under the direction of Dr. Kim Neve at Oregon Health and Science University where he began his studies on understanding heterologous sensitization of adenylyl cyclase. Dr. Watts is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Purdue University. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Research in College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Health Sciences. His research is focused on the signaling properties of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). He has worked extensively with dopamine receptors and also has experience with several other GPCRs including serotonin, adrenergic, cannabinoid, adenosine, and glucagon-like peptide receptors. A long time goal of his work has been to understand the adaptive changes that result following chronic activation of inhibitory GPCRs in vitro and in vivo. Dr. Watts is also interested in developing small molecule ligands as selective modulators of GPCRs and adenylyl cyclase isoforms. He is a member of the several organizations and he is currently serving as an Associate Editor for Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Biography Updated on 21 December 2008