Director, Biomolecular Engineering Research Center Professor, Biomedical Engineering Professor, Chemistry
- Title Director, Biomolecular Engineering Research Center
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
- Office ERB 221
- Email email@example.com
- Phone (617) 353-4757
- Education Ph.D., Chemistry, Hungarian Academy of Science
M.Sc., Applied Mathematics, Éötvös Lorand University (Hungary)
M.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Gubkin Institute (Former USSR)
Sandor Vajda and the Vajda lab (also known as the Structural Bioinformatics Lab) combine mathematical and computational tools to explore molecular interactions, with an emphasis on protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions. By studying and understanding these interactions, the Vajda Lab makes great strides in developing computational software for protein engineering and drug design. Prof. Vajda also co-organizes the biennial Conference on Modeling of Protein Interactions with Prof. Ilya Vakser at the University of Kansas Center for Computational Biology. The conference attracts a wide range of attendees from both academia and industry.
- Protein docking server ClusPro is the Vajda Lab’s automated protein docking server. ClusPro has a wide range of features and applications including protein-protein docking, peptide docking, a dimer classification mode, antibody docking, and more. As of September 2019, ClusPro runs more than 14000 docking jobs per month with ~13000 registered users. ClusPro has also won multiple rounds of competitions and is widely recognized as one of the best protein docking servers by the scientific community.
- Ligand binding hotspots prediction server FTMap is the Vajda Lab’s server for computational solvent mapping which contributes to the analysis of protein binding hotspots. The software utilizes 16 different molecular probes to identify and characterize potential binding sites on the surface of a protein. Such results provide crucial insights for the early stage drug design.