Dr. Mona S. Minkara
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering
Affiliated Faculty of Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Dr. Minkara's passion for research began during her undergraduate studies at Wellesley College. While pursuing her BA in Chemistry, she joined the research group of Dr. Mala Radhakrishnan where she used computational methods to explore the binding of drugs to HIV-1 Reverse Transcriptase. After completing her BA in 2009, Dr. Minkara spent a year conducting research under a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Grant. In 2010, she continued onto graduate studies at the University of Florida supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Under her co-advisors, Dr. Kenneth M. Merz Jr. and Dr. Erik Deumens, she focused on using molecular dynamics simulations to design a new inhibitor for Helicobacter pylori urease, an enzyme that helps bacteria survive in the stomach. In 2015, she received her Ph.D in Chemistry. Her graduate studies were followed by a post-doc at the Chemical Theory Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in the lab of Dr. J. Ilja Siepmann. In this role, Dr. Minkara used Monte Carlo simulations to explore the interfacial properties of surfactants, the surface tension of water, and the miscibility gap of supercritical fluids. In addition, she was also awarded a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Minkara joined the Department of Bioengineering at Northeastern University in August of 2019 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. In November of 2019, she became an Affiliate Faculty of the Chemistry & Chemical Biology Department. Throughout her career, her work has led to numerous publications in high-impact journals, presentations and posters at the national and local conferences, and several awards recognizing her achievements. Dr. Minkara is also an active member of the American Chemical Society and the Biomedical Engineering Society and serves on a committee in each organization.
Fun fact: Dr. Minkara is a huge Harry Potter fan, enjoys knitting, and loves drinking tea. Seriously. She really likes tea. There is a 100% chance she will offer you tea if you meet with her in her office.