Post-doc (Molecular Informatics) Opening at NCATS

I have a post-doc opening in the Informatics group at NCATS, to work on computational aspects of high throughput combination screening – topics will include predicting drug combination response, visualizing large combination screens (> 5000 combinations) and so on. The NCATS combination screening platform thas tested more than 65,000 compound combinations (in checkerboard style which […]

Thoughts on the DREAM Synergy Prediction Challenge

The DREAM consortium has run a number of predictive modeling challenges and the latest one on predicting small molecule synergies has just been published. The dataset that was provided included baseline gene expression of the cell line (OCI-LY3), expression in presence of compound (2 concentrations, 2 time points), dose response data for 14 compounds and […]

Exploring medical case studies

I recently came across http://www.casesdatabase.com/ from BMC, a collection of more than 29,000 peer-reviewed case studies collected from a variety of journals. I’ve been increasingly interested in the possibilities of mining clinical data (inspired by impressive work from Atul Butte, Nigam Shah and others), so this seemed like a great resource to explore The folks […]

Cheminformatics and Hotness (or lack thereof)

A few days back I discussed some thoughts on cheminformatics vis a vis bioinformatics, inspired by a review by Aaron Sterling. In that thread, Steven Salzberg made a comment, stating … In my opinion, it is not a “hot” field, though, in part for some of the reasons mentioned in the post – particularly the […]

Cheminformatics – the New World for TCS?

A few weeks back Aaron Sterling posted a review of the Handbook of Cheminformatics Algorithms (in which I have a chapter). Aaron notes … my goal for the project changed from just a review of a book, to an attempt to build a bridge between theoretical computer science and computational chemistry … The review/bridging was […]