Nikki Schonenbach

Graduate Student Researcher

Contact Phone

(805) 893-3993

Office Location

Jointly advised by Michelle O'Malley (Chem E)
ENGR II 3311 and Chem 3118


Nikki works on characterizing pharmaceutically relevant membrane protein complexes to link changes in structure and dynamics to function. Namely, she works with a G protein-coupled receptor called the adenosine A2a receptor to elucidate structural details and functional consequences of homo-dimerization. The A2a receptor regulates cardiac function and several processes within the central nervous system; the outcome of this research will facilitate improved rational drug design to target A2a receptor oligomers in the treatment of disorders such as inflammation, fibrosis, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease.