Ameya Kasture, Ph.D
University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Conference Talk Recording
Ameya Kasture is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. His research examines the use of pharmacological compounds to remedy protein misfolding. He primarily focuses on a group of proteins called solute carrier 6 (SLC6) transporters, which include transporters for creatine, amino acids, biogenic amines, and osmolytes. Mutations in the genes encoding the SLC6 transporters are linked to various diseases. In the case of creatine transporter, the disease-causing mutations retain the transporter in the endoplasmic reticulum, thereby affecting its surface availability. Pharmacological approaches can be used to restore the surface availability of at least some of the disease-causing mutations. Additionally, he uses Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism to understand dopamine and serotonin neurotransmission. He also teaches undergraduate and graduate students at the Department of Neuroscience and Developmental Biology, University of Vienna. He completed an MSc in Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Bristol, UK, and a Ph.D. in Cell Communication in Health and Disease at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria.