Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Georgetown University School of Medicine, USA
Sona Vasudevan is an Assistant Professor in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Georgetown University Medical Center and a senior bioinformatics scientist at the Protein Information Resource PIR. Dr Vasudevan is a structural biologist by training having earned her PhD in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto Canada. Using the technique of Xray crystallography Dr Vasudevan solved structures of antibodies against proteins involved in cancer. Her postdoctoral work was done in the labs of Zaverio Ruggeri Head Department of Experimental Medicine at the Scripps Research Institute and Thomas R Cech Nobel Laureate and former head of Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Colorado. Dr Vasudevan has also gained experiences in the fields of blood coagulation homology modeling proteinligand interactions and RNA biology. He is a recipient of many awards that include the International Human Frontiers Science Program Skaggs Research Fellowship and a Certificate of Appreciation for her teaching efforts. Over the past ten years Dr Vasudevan has been heavily involved in the areas of bioinformatics specifically in protein annotation and development of methodologies for functional characterizations of proteins using structural information. Dr Vasudevan has mentored over 20 students and directs several graduate level courses She serves as a reviewer for peerreviewed journals.
Protein sequence, structural analysis, protein annotation, data mining and protein evolution. Development of methodologies for function prediction. Cancer, immune informatics, antibodies, drug-design, homology modeling, protein databases, proteins involved in blood coagulation.