25 Okt 2018

Fachbereich Mathematik
Departement Mathematik und Informatik, Spiegelgasse 5, Seminarraum 05.002, Basel

Perlen-Kolloquium: Dr. Jitao David Zhang (F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Basel)

Mathematics in drug discovery: a practitioner’s view

Mathematics is integral to the interdisciplinary research that drives modern drug discovery. The talk will walk the audience through basic principles and selected applications of computational biology and bioinformatics, a branch of applied mathematics, in drug discovery, It is hoped that the principles, examples, and unsolved challenges discussed during the talk can initiate an exchange between researchers from different fields, and inspire future interdisciplinary efforts in disease understanding and drug discovery.

Jitao David Zhang was a Marie-Curie Fellow at European Bioinformatics Institute (2007-2008) and an International PhD Programm Fellow at German Cancer Research Center (2008-2011). He obtained the doctorate degree in computational biology and biostatistics in 2011 and in that year joined Pharma Research and Early Development (pRED), the research unit of F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG in Basel, Switzerland. He supports early drug-discovery projects, develops algorithms and software for data analysis and interpretation, and collaborates to devise new technologies and platforms. His research interests include biological data modelling and integration, biological network analysis, molecular phenotyping, and applied machine learning in disease understanding and preclinical drug discovery.

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