Pere Garriga


Pere Garriga is a Serra Húnter Professor of Molecular Biotechnology at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya where he is currently Deputy Director of the Chemical Engineering Department. He is affiliated to the School of Optics and Optometry of Terrassa of the same University. He got his PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and he did postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Prof. H. Gobind Khorana at MIT where he got deeply interested in the study of visual phototransduction. Since then his research has dealt with the study of seven transmembrane helical receptors of the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. A main focus of such research is the study of the visual pigment rhodopsin, and cone opsins, and mutations associated with retinal diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa. The aim of this research is to unravel the molecular mechanism of retinal degeneration triggered by these mutations and to find novel molecular therapeutic strategies to counteract their effects. He has been Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, and Fellow of the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg in Delmenhorst.