Wito Richter Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Wito Richter is a basic science researcher with a long-standing interest in exploring the cAMP signaling pathway. His particular focus is on the role of cAMP-phosphodiesterases (PDEs), a group of enzymes that hydrolyze and inactivate this second messenger, in the spatial and temporal control of subcellular pools or \microdomains\ of cAMP signaling. Dr. Richter first encountered PDEs during his graduate work at Leipzig University (Leipzig, Germany) and maintained an interest in these enzymes throughout his postdoctoral training at Stanford University and subsequent work at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Here, he first embarked upon a project to explore the role of cAMP signaling and PDEs in cystic fibrosis (CF) in collaboration with UCSF investigators Marco Conti, Walter Finkbeiner and Alan Verkman. Dr. Richter recently joined the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine (Mobile, AL) as Assistant Professor, where he further pursues the idea of targeting PDEs as a therapeutic approach for CF.