Dr. Julia Ponomarenko has led the CRG Bioinformatics Core Facility since March 2015. She holds the MSc degree in Physics from the Novosibirsk State University, Russia, and the PhD in Computational Biology. In 2002, she moved to the San Diego Supercomputer Center of the University of California San Diego (UCSD), USA, where until 2015 she had served as Principal Investigator funded by the USA NIH (NHGMS, NIAID) and NSF agencies.
Dr. Ponomarenko’s research fields include bioinformatics, immunology, microbiology, structural bioinformatics, transcriptomics, analysis of NGS and other high-throughput biomedical data, and development of biological databases and bioinformatics software. She published more than 55 scientific papers in such journals as J Oral Microbiology, BMC Microbiology, Microbiome, Frontiers in Medicine, J Exp Medicine, J Assist Reprod Genetics, Cancers, J Transl Medicine, Nucleic Acids Research, Genome Research, PLoS Comput Biol, J Immunology, Nature Immunity, Science Signaling, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, Bioinformatics, Immunogenetics and other.
During her tenure at UCSD, Julia had mentored PhD students and taught graduate bioinformatics courses. She organized and directed the Introduction to Bioinformaticscourse for the UCSD PhD program Biomedical Sciences and the course Immunoinformatics for Biotech and Pharma Industry at the UCSD Extension.
Dr. Ponomarenko is an editor for the journals NAR Genomics & Bioinformatics and Frontiers in Immunotherapies and Vaccines and reviewed for many journals, including F1000, Bioinformatics, Molecular Immunology, PLOS ONE, "PLOS Computational Biology", Proteins, Journal of Molecular Biology, Nature Biotechnology, BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Structural Biology. She has also served on the grant review panels for the USA National Science Foundation and the federal grant agencies of New Zealand, Israel, Belgium, Singapore and other countries.