I’ve been at IU for 3 years now, the last two as a visiting faculty member. However the time has come for a change. I have accepted a position at the NIH Chemical Genomics Center working in the informatics group and will start there in mid-May.
I’m pretty excited about this move, as the group is doing some pretty cool stuff with cheminformatics and high-throughput assays. The group releases their code into the public domain and you can see some of their stuff here. From a scientific point of view, this is an excellent place to do cheminformatics (as well as informatics and computation in general) because the biologists and chemists are right next door. This means access to fresh, raw data as well as the possibility of working with wet chemistry and biology to test out in silico analyses and predictions. (They also have a neat robotics set up, also next door).
As part of the informatics group, I will have fingers in many pies – modeling and computation, developing software, data management and project support. I’m particularly excited about the forthcoming RNAi screening infrastructure that is being set up at the Center.
What happens to the web services?
All services are currently running, but will not be available at the rguha.ath.cx URL’s after mid May. The services have been transferred to David Wild and I will try and redirect URL’s before I leave – if you find that a service you are using is not working, get in touch with David. However, the source code for the SOAP services are freely available on SourceForge, so you can always deploy them into your local Tomcat container. However, I do not plan on supporting these services any longer.
As I have described previously, I am shifting to REST based services. Thus all the CDK based cheminformatics services are converted to REST forms and are currently hosted of rguha.ath.cx, but after I move, this URL will no longer be available. However, running these services is very easy and is described here. If anybody is interested in hosting these REST services, please get in touch with me. In terms of future support, I plan to work on these REST services in my spare time. Note that these services replace a number of my mod_python based REST services (see the GitHub repository which I will updated shortly to remove deprecated services). In general, I plan to maintain the Python REST services. In particular, some of these services are still front-ends to SOAP services. Where possible, I will reomove the dependency on the SOAP service. The prediction service is something I plan to work on as it is a very light weight way to deploy predictive models built using R (and less hassle than going via the SOAP based R infrastructure). Unfortunately, until I work out some server solution, the predictive model service will likely not be publicly accessible (as a service, that is).
Over the last three years I’ve been maintaining a partial mirror of PubChem and the Pub3D database. After my move I will no longer be handling these, so questions should be sent to David. A number of services that I provide make use of these databases. Examples include, 3D structure search, InChI/InChI key resolution, synonyms and so on. These services will continue to run, though the URL’s will likely change. – as before, if you see something is down, David should be able to point you in the right direction. I will likely continue work on the 3D database (especially the similarity search aspects, which is currently flawed), but at this point I don’t know when or how new results will be posted.
I should point out that future work on the projects described here are spare-time projects and not part of my official duties at NCGC. So progress on these is not going to be particularly fast.
Finally, my website has moved to http://rguha.net and the old one should automatically redirect you to the new one.