Dr. A. Agrawal

Dr. Agrawal received her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. She received her doctorate from Yale University where she studied the biochemistry of V(D)J recombination, a site-specific recombination reaction that occurs in developing B and T cells. After spending more than two years as a science journalist, she returned to research, undertaking a project at the Pasteur Institute to identify possible drug or vaccine targets in Plasmodium berghei, a rodent malaria parasite. She then moved to GlaxoSmithKline Research, studying the biochemistry and structure of M. tuberculosis DNA gyrase, an antibiotic target. She has published numerous papers, was awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation and several European organizations, and won a major international prize for her thesis work.