Welcome to the Smrcka Lab

Our laboratory studies mechanisms for cellular communication via G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). The GPCR superfamily includes receptors for adrenaline, serotonin, acetylcholine taste molecules, smell, and even light! They are the largest family of cell surface receptors and 30-40% of marketed drugs target GPCRs. Our laboratory uses a wide variety of methods to study the involvement of these receptors in physiology and disease. We provide a dynamic environment where trainees can gain experience in a wide repertoire of methods applied to important biological problems. Learn more ยป


October 2021: Naincy Chandan defends her thesis! Congratulations Dr. Chandan!!

April 2021: Congratulations to Nathalie who passed her qualifying exam in Pharmacology!

March 2021: Tyler is awarded an American Heart Association Pre-doctoral fellowship. Congratulations!!

March 2021: Congratulations to Joe who passed his qualifying exam in Chemical Biology.

March 2021: Congratulations to Nathalie who was selected to receive a 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

July 2020: Congratulations Wenhui for receiving the Pharmacology Charles Edmunds Fellowship!

June 2020: Gissell passed her qualifying exam. Congratulations!!

April 2020: Isaac’s paper was published in Structure.