Deena Gendoo graduated from the AUC Department of Biology in June 2006 with a double minor in computer science and chemistry. She then joined the Master of Research program (MRes) in advanced genetic analysis at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. From Africa and Europe she moved to Montreal, Canada to join the PhD program in McGill University. In 2012, she earned her doctoral degree in biology, with graduate specialization in bioinformatics. Her thesis title was “Bioinformatic sequence and structural analysis for amyloidogenicity in prions and other proteins.” She held several positions in leading research institutes including the University of Leeds, University of Cambridge and The American University in Cairo's Yousef Jameel Science and Technology Research Center.
Gendoo is currently a postdoctoral research fellow of bioinformatics in Toronto, Canada working on a joint collaborative research project between the Ontario Cancer Institute of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Hospital of Sick Children.
“My studies at the biology department have largely helped define my career path today," Gendoo says. "My biology professors first introduced me to the intricate wonders of DNA, cells and proteins, and opened my eyes to the worlds of molecular cell biology, molecular genetics and biotechnology. The combination of biology courses and wet lab experiments gave me great exposure to these fields and their widespread applications in biology and medicine. I was part of a warm family of dynamic professors that supported me to excel in the subjects I enjoyed, and their passion for science was both inspiring and wonderfully contagious.”
Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publications
- Gendoo DMA, Harrison PM (2012) "The Landscape of the Prion Protein's Structural Response to Mutation Revealed by Principal Component Analysis of Multiple NMR Ensembles." PLoS Computational Biology 8(8): e1002646. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002646
- Harbi D, Parthiban M, Gendoo DMA, Ehsani S, Kumar M, et al. (2012) "PrionHome: A Database of Prions and Other Sequences Relevant to Prion Phenomena." PLoS ONE 7(2): e31785. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031785
- Gendoo DMA, Harrison PM (2011) "Origins and Evolution of the HET-s Prion-Forming Protein: Searching for Other Amyloid-Forming Solenoids." PLoS ONE 6(11): e27342. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0027342
- Gendoo, D. M. and Harrison, P. M. (2011), "Discordant and chameleon sequences: Their distribution and implications for amyloidogenicity." Protein Science, 20: 567–579. doi: 10.1002/pro.590
- Gendoo, DMA; El-Hefnawi, MM, Werner, M, and Siam, R. "Correlating novel variable and conserved motifs in the Hemagglutinin protein with significant biological functions." Virology Journal 5(91), 2008.