Sophia Kossida

Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, Greece


Sophia Kossida received her BSc degree in Biology from the University of Crete in Greece in 1995 and she was awarded her DPhil in 1998 from Oxford University, Merton College in the UK. She did extensive work on sequence analysis of viral genomes (DNA viruses and retroviruses) and deciphered their evolutionary history. She carried out a post-doc at Harvard University, USA at the Molecular & Cellular Biology Department within the FlyBase group. She was employed as Senior Scientist within the Target Discovery Group of Lion Bioscience Research Inc. (LBRI) in Cambridge, MA, USA where she worked on the human genome mining project. She joined Novartis in Switzerland in 2002 as Lab Head within the Functional Genomics Group. She worked on a few different sequence analysis projects with main focus on proteases. She joined the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens in July 2004 as tenure track research Bioinformatician, Center of Basic Research II, Biotechnology Division, heading the Bioinformatics & Medical Informatics team, . Sophia holds 23 published patent applications. Her team within BRFAA, was appointed the National Contact Point for Bioinformatics for the EMBnet in 2007 and since then it has served this position. The main research interests in her team are: Molecular Evolution, Bioinformatics, Protein-protein interactions, Comparative Genomics, 3D modelling. Several publications have come out from the team the recent years, which has secured decent funding too. The team plays a pivotal role within Greece promoting also bioinformatics education by organizing workshops and courses both at an introductory as well as at an advanced level.

Biography Updated on 8 May 2014

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