+44 1223 790975
Sofia Patricia Becerra
Section of Protein Structure and Function Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology National Institutes of Health , USA
S. Patricia Becerra is a senior investigator and head of the Section of Protein Structure and Function, Laboratory of Retinal cell and Molecular Biology, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. She received a Doctorate degree (Major in Biochemistry) from the University of Navarra, Spain in 1979.
Her postdoctoral training was in biochemistry of DNA polymerases at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD, and in molecular virology of AAV at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Bethesda, MD.Her lab has worked on PEDF, an important multifunctional serpin for the eye, currently in clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration. Among major accomplishments: identification of the first eukaryotic non-AUG initiation codon for translation, and structure-function relationships of PEDF. She serves as an editorial board member and reviewer of several journals in biochemistry, molecular biology and ophthalmology. She is an author of more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and chapters in books
Structure-function relationships of proteins with current emphasis in the biochemistry and molecular biology of proteins affecting the retina.