Ajay Yekkirala is responsible for scientific and experimental oversight at Blue Therapeutics with over 10 years of research experience in opioid medicinal chemistry and the neurobiology of pain. He completed his doctoral studies in the lab of Dr. Philip Portoghese at the University of Minnesota. Ajay completed his post-doctoral training under renowned pain neurobiologist Dr. Clifford Woolf at Harvard Medical School. He has authored several papers published in high-impact, peer-reviewed journals on the topic of pain and opioids, including several book chapters and invited reviews. He is also a recipient of the Bacaner Research Award from the Minnesota Medical Foundation.