Kossida Sophia
Investigator (Assistant Professor Level)
Instit.: BRFAA
Tel: (+30) 210-6597199
Personal Web Page: http://www.bioacademy.gr/bioinformatics/people/skossida.htm
Short Bio:
Sophia Kossida received her BSc degree in Biology from the University of Crete in Greece in 1995, where she was awarded the IKY governmental scholarship for 3 successive years given to the student with the best grades. She was awarded the free-mover Erasmus scholarship and spent a year in Trinity College of Dublin, in Ireland within the Genetics Department, Bioinformatics Unit, where she worked on the genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. She received the full MRC scholarship to carry out her DPhil, which she was awarded 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, holding a NIH fellowship. 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 was the co-ordinator between LBRI and the Bayer Diabetes group in the US and in Germany as well as the scientist in charge for the patent applications.
She moved over to Toulouse, in France where she was appointed Director of Bioinformatics of Endocube, a start up company focussing in endothelial cells. In parallel, she was appointed Associate Professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Paul Sebatier in Toulouse, France. 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.
Through out these years, Sophia has worked and built extensive experience within the distance education field as well. She held different appointments both as instructor as well as co-ordinator. She joined BRF in July 2004 as tenure track research Bioinformatician, Center of Basic Research II, Biotechnology Division.
Sophia holds 11 published patent applications. Her team within BRF was appoionted the National Contact Point for Bioinformatics for the EMBnet. Sophia has strong collaborations with the University of Helsinki where she lectures at their Master's Bioinformatics Degree Program and the Biomedicum in Helsinki where she has joint projects with Dr Baumann's group.

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