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, Julia 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 interests include immunology, structural bioinformatics, transcriptomics, analysis of NGS data, and development of biological databases and bioinformatics software.
During her tenure at UCSD, Julia had mentored PhD students and taught graduate bioinformatics courses. She organized and directed the Introduction to Bioinformatics course for the UCSD PhD program Biomedical Sciences and the course Immunoinformatics for Biotech and Pharma Industry at the UCSD Extension. For her contribution into mentoring high school students for Science Olympiads and for the UCSD Computational Program, in 2013, Julia was awarded the UCSD Certificate of Excellence.
Dr. Ponomarenko is an editor for the journals ISRN Bioinformatics and Frontiers in Immunotherapies and Vaccines and reviewed for Bioinformatics, Molecular Immunology, PLOS ONE, "PLOS Computational Biology", Proteins, Journal of Molecular Biology, Nature Biotechnology, BMC Bioinformatics, BMC Structural Biology, and ICSB society affiliated conferences. 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 and other countries.