University of California, San Francisco
Danica Galonić Fujimori obtained her B.Sc. degree in chemistry from the University of Belgrade in Serbia in 2000. She earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she worked on the development of carbohydrate-peptide conjugation methods under the joint guidance of Dave Gin and Wilfred van der Donk. As a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Chris Walsh at Harvard Medical School, Danica worked in mechanistic enzymology of natural products biosynthesis. In July 2008, she started her independent career at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where she is currently a Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, member of UCSF Cancer Center and Associate Director of Chemistry and Chemical Biology graduate program.
The primary interest of the Fujimori lab is in post-transcriptional and post-translational regulation of biological function. Our current interests are in regulation and pathological function of chromatin-modifying histone demethylases, as well as ribosome methylation in antibiotic resistance. The work in our lab combines biochemical reconstitution, chemical synthesis and cellular studies. Danica’s independent work has recognized by several awards, including Searle Scholar Award, V Foundation award, NSF Career award, UCSF Byers award as well as UCSF teaching award.