Pedro De-la-Torre

Pedro De-la-Torre

Postdoctoral Fellow
Pedro

Pedro De la Torre Márquez received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from Universidad del Atlántico (Colombia) in 2011 and his PhD in Applied Sciences from Universidad de Talca (Chile) in 2015. Pedro's skills combine different approaches from chemical biology, structural bioinformatics, and biophysics. His work involves the rational design, synthesis, and evaluation of heterocyclic compounds as potential Anti-Alzheimer agents, and the study of ligand-protein and protein-protein interactions using various experimental and computational approaches. In September of 2019, Pedro finished his postdoctoral training as a Pelotonia researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Marcos Sotomayor at The Ohio State University, where Pedro uses X-ray crystallography and a variety of experimental and computational tools to discover the structure-function relationships in macromolecular complexes involved in hair-cell mechanotransduction (tip-link proteins) and cancer. Pedro joined our laboratory to continue his postdoctoral training working on PCDH15 and CDH23 to restore hearing and vision in animal models, as well as on the function of PKHD1L1, a large biomolecule we have previously identified to form the surface coat in hair cell stereocilia.