My name is Virginie Mittard. I joined the SwissProt curator group in mid October 1999. I have a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Rennes I, in France. After enjoying my student life in Brittany, I then moved further south-east to the mountains area for hiking. There I did first a D.Sc foundation course (DEA) in Biological Crystallography and NMR followed by a Ph.D. in Structural Biology using NMR (on a protein called thioredoxin h from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii) at the Institut de Biologie Structurale in Grenoble (France). After my PhD, maybe enjoying too much the French life and the sunny coffee terraces in a lovely mountains environment, I decided to cross the channel and test the Eurostar and rowing experience for a 2 years Postdoctoral research in Oxford at the Dept of Biochemistry (Professor Campbell's NMR Protein Structure Group). My work (sponsored by a Human frontier science program long term fellowship) was on a heparin binding Fn3 module from chicken type XII collagen. At EBI, I am currently involved in the proteome analysis project (2D and 3D structure part) and quite soon in the annotation of transmembrane protein entries in the Swiss-Prot database.
My hobbies are mainly tennis, choir and saxophone at the moment. But I also enjoy outdoor activities such as walking and hiking, skiing (cross country) and swimming .