Andy Lujan

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) student in the Science of Nursing, 2019-present
As a doctoral student, I currently study biased signaling in G-protein coupled receptors under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Julia Walker, Ph.D. G-protein coupled receptors are a primary target for about one-third of all FDA approved medications. Therefore, the study of these receptors and how they signal is crucial for patient care and outcomes. I aim to become a highly trained nurse in the field of physiology to enhance the representation of nurses in bench science. As well as expediting the translation of bench science to the bedside.

Before I embarked on my journey at Duke University's School of Nursing (DUSON), I worked as a Labor and Delivery nurse in my home town of El Paso, Texas. During this time, it became apparent that nurses coordinated the majority of patient care and their timely interventions greatly influenced patient outcomes. These observations further increased my passion for the profession of nursing and inspired me to become a nursing scientist to elevate the profession further. 

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