Irina Kufareva received a MS in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1994 and 1999, respectively, both from Tomsk State University, Russia, and trained in computational structural biology at the Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA. Starting from 2009, she has been growing her own independent computational and structural biology program in the UCSD Skaggs School of Pharmacy, La Jolla, CA. Kufareva mobilizes the power of computational molecular modeling and docking to elucidate the structural basis of affinity, specificity, and regulation of key cancer-related molecular interfaces, including those that are not amenable to experimental structure determination. Her work is published in more than 60 papers, reviews and book chapters, and is funded by two NIH grants awarded to her as a PD/PI.
Padmini Rangamani is an Associate professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. She joined the department in July 2014. Earlier, she was a UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, where she worked on lipid bilayer mechanics. She obtained her Ph.D. in biological sciences from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University (Hyderabad, India) and Georgia Institute of Technology respectively. She is the recipient of ARO, AFOSR, and ONR Young Investigator Awards, and a Sloan Research Fellowship for Computational and Molecular Evolutionary Biology. She is also the lead PI for a MURI award on Bioinspired low energy information processing from the AFOSR. Link to Rangamani Lab.