Subject: Biological Sciences
Department: National Science Foundation, USA
From September 2019 - August 2020
Arcady Mushegian has received his Masters and PhD degrees in molecular virology from Moscow State University, former Soviet Union. He received postdoctoral training in the United States in molecular biology of viruses and bacteria that infect plants, and then switched to computational biology, first training with Eugene Koonin's group at NIH and later setting up bioinformatics groups at various companies and non-profit organisations. In 2012, he joined the National Science Foundation, the main government agency in the United States that supports fundamental research and education in many fields of science and engineering. Since 2014, he also has served on the Executive Committee of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Arcady's research interests include computational studies of evolution and molecular function of genes and proteins; phylogenetics at the genome-scale; analysis of horizontal gene transfer and its role in evolution; minimal and ancestral genomes; the world of viruses; and non-equilibrium protein folding.
Arcady and his wife Irina, a biochemist, come to Clare Hall from Washington DC area.