Sandor Vajda received the Diploma in electrical engineering from the Gubkin Institute in Moscow, Russia, the Diploma in applied mathematics from the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary, and the Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the Hungarian Academy of Science. He held visiting research positions at the Department of Engineering, University of Warwick, UK, and the Department of Chemistry, Princeton University. He was at the Faculty of the Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, USA. Currently, he is a Professor of biomedical engineering and the Codirector of the Biomolecular Engineering Research Center at Boston University. Dr. Vajda’s early research interests were parameter estimation, system identification, and identifiability, frequently with applications to biological and chemical systems. Since 1990, he has been almost exclusively developing algorithms for modeling biological macromolecules, with emphasis on molecular interactions and drug design. His research focuses on two important biological problems, that is, the modeling of protein-protein interactions and the development of computational tools for drug design. The research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. In 2004, Dr. Vajda and his graduate students founded SolMap Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass, USA, a start-up company focusing on fragment-based drug design.
Biography Updated on 24 March 2008