VaNae N. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Dr. VaNae Hamilton is a biomedical scientist whose experience spans a number of sub-disciplines including molecular biology, microbiology, and immunology.

Dr. Hamilton completed a Master of Science in Patent Law at the University of Notre Dame du Lac. While completing her M.S. in Patent Law, Dr. Hamilton worked as a technical advisor in the Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions department at Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in Chicago, Illinois. VaNae has experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications for biologic, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic technologies.

Dr. Hamilton has authored and co-authored several scientific articles on protein trafficking and mitochondrial biogenesis in African trypanosomes. 


  • Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award, 2009
  • California State University San Bernardino Technology Transfer Fellowship, 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society


  • “Tim62, a Novel Mitochondrial Protein in Trypanosoma brucei, is Essential for Assembly and Stability of the TbTim17 Protein Complex” Singha, U.K., Hamilton, V., and Chaudhuri, M., Journal of Biological ChemistryAugust 2015
  • “Functional Complementation Analyses Reveal that the Single PRAT-Family Protein of Trypanosoma brucei is a Divergent Homolog of Tim17 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae” Weems, E., Singha, U.K., Hamilton, V., Smith, J.T., Waegemann, K., Mokranjac, D., and Chaudhuri, M.,  Eukaryotic CellJanuary 2015
  • “Trypanosome Alternative Oxidase Possesses Both an N-terminal and Internal Mitochondrial Targeting Signal” Hamilton, V., Singha, U.K., Weems, E., and Chaudhuri, M., Eukaryotic CellFebruary 2014
  • The Protein Translocase of Mitochondrial Inner Membrane in Trypanosoma brucei” Singha, U.K., Hamilton, V., Duncan, M., and Chaudhuri, M., Journal of Biological ChemistryMarch 2012
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University of Notre Dame, M.S., Patent Law, 2015

Meharry Medical College, Ph.D., Biomedical Science, 2014

Marine Biological Laboratory, Biology of Parasitism: Modern Approaches, 2010

Hampton University, B.S., Biology, 2006