Aleksandra Sikora is an associate professor of Pharmacoproteomics in the College of Pharmacy at OSU and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute at OHSU. She is a microbiologist with experience in bacterial pathogenesis, proteomics, vaccine design and high-throughput screening for identification of new antimicrobials.
Dr. Sikora received her Masters degree in the field of Microbiology from University of Gdansk (Poland) and PhD in Molecular Biology from University of Gdansk, followed by five years of postdoctoral training in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She started her independent position as an Assistant Professor at OSU/OHSU in 2011 where she has built a strong, extramurally funded research program. Dr. Sikora’s focuses on proteomics-driven antigen mining to develop gonorrhea vaccine(s). Drug discovery through high-throughput screening of small molecule inhibitors that target central players in bacterial physiology and pathogenesis are a second focus of her laboratory.
Dr. Sikora has nearly fifty publications including primary research reports, reviews and book chapters. She is a recipient of several prestigious awards including Women’s Career Development Grant from American Society for Microbiology (2010), OSU President's Commission on the Status of Women Scholarship (2014), Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholar Award (2016), the OSU Faculty Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Leadership (2019), and was recently awarded the 2020 OHSU Women in Academic Health and Medicine Discovery Award for Women in Science.