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Dr. Sonia Arora

Teaching Instructor
Dr. Sonia Arora.

Dr. Sonia Arora
Department of Plant Biology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
59 Dudley Road,
Foran Hall Room 291B
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520



Department of Plant Biology

Biotechnology Undergraduate Program

American Association for Cancer Research

American Association for the Advancement of Science

New Jersey Academy of Science

The Society for Experimental Biology

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Dr. Arora is Teaching Instructor for the undergraduate biotechnology program in Department of Plant Biology & Pathology. I have over ten years of teaching experience in various fields of life sciences both at undergraduate and graduate level. I currently teach Nucleotide Sequence Analysis, Tools for Bioinformatic Analysis and Seminar in Biotechnology. In past I have taught Molecular Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Immunology, Cancer Biology, Molecular & Cellular Techniques, Scientific Writing & Communication and General Biology.

On research front, the primary focus of my research efforts at Rutgers is to unravel mechanism of action of botanical therapeutics using structural bioinformatics. We are currently working on a medicinal plant called Azadirachta indica, commonly known as Neem. We are using various bioinformatics based approaches, in my laboratory to decipher its pharmacological mode of action against HIV. I also have interest in investigating mode of action of several other medicinal plants, particularly those from Indian Subcontinent including but not limited to Commiphora wightii, Ocimum tenuiflorum and Gymnema sylvestre. In addition, I am also interested in developing an outreach program to educate masses about prevention and treatment strategies against cancer using various natural products.

Title, Address, and Focus Areas

Teaching Instructor
Department of Plant Biology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Primary Focus Area: Natural Products and Human Health, Computer Aided Drug Discovery
Secondary Focus Areas: Cancer, HIV, Infectious Diseases

Photo: Azadirachta indica Zoom in
Azadirachta indica.


Photo: In silico docking of a ligand molecule in the binding pocket of target protein Zoom in
In silico docking of a ligand molecule in the binding pocket of target protein.