Meet the Founding Associate Directors

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.