University of Copenhagen
Vita received her BSc in Applied Chemistry from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, and moved to Denmark to pursue a MSc degree in Medicinal Chemistry at University of Copenhagen. In 2016 she started her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences under supervision of Professor Kristian Strømgaard. During her Ph.D. and postdoctoral research, she has been a visiting researcher at University of Basel with Professor Bernhard Better. Since 2021, Vita is an Assistant Professor in the group of Professor Kristian Strømgaard at the Department of Drug Design and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen.
The focus of Vita's research is to study protein-protein interactions, PPIs, within receptor complexes in the brain. She uses high throughput techniques such as SPOT to decipher binding interfaces of various PPIs within GABAB and NMDA receptor complexes, to aid development of in vivo active peptide-based probes with biological and therapeutic relevance.