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Sonia Agrawal

Contact Information:

sagrawal@som.umaryland.edu

Training Program:

Graduate Program in Life Sciences –
PhD in Epidemiology and Human Genetics
(Track: Human Genetics)

Mentor(s):

Christopher V. Plowe, MD, MPH, FASTMH;
David Serre, PhD

Publications 


Brief Summary of Research Project:

With my extensive background in computer science and my fascination with biology, I became interested in the interactions between genomics and molecular biology, motivating me to pursue a PhD degree in computational biology. Highly inspired and motivated by Dr. Christopher Plowe’s work on stopping the spread of malaria and associated drug resistance, under his mentorship, my work focuses on designing innovative, next generation genomics and serological tools for bio-surveillance of Plasmodium vivax malaria to guide elimination efforts in Southeast Asia.

Education:

Bachelor in Technology in Computer Science & Engineering, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, New Delhi, India

Post graduate diploma in Bioinformatics, Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India

MS in Bioinformatics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA

MS in Cellular & Molecular Biomedical Science (CMBS), University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Achievements and Honors:

  • Young Investigator award, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), 2018

About me:

Outside the lab, you will find me in my kitchen cooking interesting recipes or trying out different cuisines in restaurants around Baltimore. During freezing winters, you will see me all bundled up on my couch, submerged in reading any intriguing medical mystery along with a hot cup of tea. I like to spend summers admiring nature and hiking in beautiful national parks all over United States.