Katrina A. Brewer
B.S. Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University, 2004
Phone: (615) 322-7067
Fax: (615) 857-3375
Location: 11410 MRB IV (Langford)
Biosketch and Research Interests
Katrina Brewer has done research in various areas prior to her involvement with the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery (VCNDD). She started in the Center for Molecular Neuroscience under the tutelage of Prof. Louis DeFelice, where she studied the binding trend of the norepinephrine and dopamine transporters in various cell lines using techniques in cell culture, fluorescent confocal microscopy, time series imaging, and FRAP. She also worked with Prof. Vasundhara Varthakavi, in Pediatric Infectious Disease to study the assembly and viral release associated with proteins for HIV utilizing techniques in fluorescent confocal microscopy, time series imaging, FRAP, Western Blotting, p24 studies. Katrina joined the VCNDD in 2009 under the interim DMPK director Dave Weaver. She performed metabolic stability, plasma protein binding, and brain homogenate binding assays before merging under the current leadership of J. Scott Daniels where she continues to assist with cell culture and permeability studies.
Katrina Brewer also serves as the CARS Manager for the Vanderbilt Specialized Chemistry Center for Accelerated Probe Development. In this position, her primary responsibility includes collecting information from the Chemistry Team Leaders and updating the Common Assay Reporting System (CARS) for all Center projects and MLPCN solicitation efforts. She also assists the Project Manager in coordinating teleconferences/meetings and preparing materials to discuss the chemical probe development plans as well as uploading the required data into PubChem.