Dr. Ancha Baranova is a Professor in the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University. In addition, she is Co-Director for the Chronic Metabolic and Rare Diseases Systems Biology Initiative (ChroMe RaDSBIn). Dr. Baranova’s lab focuses on the study of pathogenetic pathways contributing to human diseases, particularly cancers, metabolic syndrome and obesity. Dr. Baranova holds a Ph.D. in Virology/Molecular Biology from Moscow State University, and a D.Sci in Genetics from Vavilov Institute of General Genetics, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow.
The strongest aspect of Dr. Baranova’s expertise is in its interdisciplinary nature. Over more than twenty years of active time in academia and beyond, she became familiar with a variety of research fields. In turn, this enabled her to see the forest instead of individual trees. In daily academic life, this translates as double majoring in both experimental study design and in functional data analysis. In the previous sentence, the emphasis should be placed on the word “functional”. Dr. Baranova analyzes multidimensional datasets and makes sense out of available data. It involves much more than the development of novel bioinformatics tools or the creative application of these tools. In her typical research projects, Dr. Baranova assesses an array of disparate data pieces, generates testable hypotheses, and validates them experimentally. Therefore, she makes daily crossover connections between the lab and the data server.
Dr. Baranova is an author of more than hundred of research manuscripts, and a few book chapters in various fields of computational and experimental biology. Her works so far garnered more than 6000 citations.
Dr. Ancha Baranova
Professor, School of Systems Biology
Director for the Chronic Metabolic and Rare Diseases Systems Biology Initiative (ChroMe RaDSBIn),
College of Science, George Mason University
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