Ileana M. CristeaASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Dr. Ileana Cristea has performed her graduate research at the Michael Barber Center for Mass Spectrometry, University of Manchester, U.K., under the supervision of Simon Gaskell, and at the Toxicology Research & Development Department at GlaxoSmithKline, U.K. She pursued her postdoctoral work in the mass spectrometry laboratory of Brian Chait at The Rockefeller University. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. The research of her group is at the interface between proteomics and virology. Her goal is to build an understanding of viral infection from a proteomics perspective. Broad questions that her lab is addressing are: How do viruses effectively modulate cellular pathways? How do hosts respond to viral infection? Can proteomics identify key host proteins to harness for therapeutic development? To accomplish these goals, her laboratory utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach that integrates proteomics techniques with genomics, microscopy, bioinformatics, and virology. These approaches have allowed her group to bridge developments in mass spectrometry to critical findings in biology, identifying mechanisms used by viruses to manipulate their hosts, as well as defenses hosts deploy to protect themselves from viral attack. Dr. Cristea is a member of the Executive Board of the US Human Proteome Organization (2012-present), US-HUPO Education Committee (2011-present), the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Education Committee (2008-2010), and on the Editorial Boards of Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, Proteomics,Journal of Proteome Research, and Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology. She also chairs the Infectious Disease initiative of the HUPO World organization. She acts as a head instructor of the summer Proteomics Course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, having taught there since 2006. She has taught related workshops at ASMS, HUPO World Congress, US-HUPO, AOHUPO, and ABRF. She is the recipient of the Bordoli Prize from the British Mass Spectrometry Society (2001), NIDA Avant-Garde Director Pioneer Award for HIV/AIDS Research (2008), Human Frontiers Science Program Young Investigator Award (2009), Early Career Award in Mass Spectrometry from the American Chemical Society NJ Section (2011), the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Research Award (2012), and the Molecular & Cellular Proteomics Lectureship (2013).