Darya Urusova, PhD

Senior Scientist

Dr. Darya Urusova received her Ph.D. from Shubnikov Istitute of Crystallography, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, studying the crystal structure and catalytic mechanism of SAICAR Synthase, the enzyme involved in Purine and Pyrimidine Metabolism. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota working on cancer research and particularly on the crystal structure of proteins regulating cell signaling and their complexes with small molecule inhibitors. She then completed a senior postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Chicago/Brandeis/WUSTL focusing on the crystal structure and regulation of various ion channels. In 2015 Darya joined the Molecular Microbiology Department in WashU as staff scientist and was working on malaria and multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter. She determined broadly conserved epitopes on Plasmodium antigens that can be used as rational candidates for malaria vaccine. Her research interests involve structural, molecular and cell biology, biochemical and biophysical approaches to study protein-protein and protein-ligand interaction at the molecular level. Darya’s research at Dr. Khader’s lab is focused on multidrug resistance in different bacteria including Mtb, Enterococci, Streptococci, Corynebacterium striatum, etc.

Pubmed Publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Darya+Urusova