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Data-Driven Drug Discovery and Molecular Informatics

Professor of Molecular Informatics

Currently also: Chief Informatics and Technology Officer (CITO) at Pangea Botanica, London/UK and Berlin/Germany

Previous positions:

Director Digital Chemistry at NUVISAN Berlin

Associate Director Computational ADME and Safety (Clinical Pharmacology & Safety Sciences/Data Science and Artificial Intelligence - CPSS/DSAI) at AstraZeneca Cambridge

Co-founder of Healx Ltd.

Co-founder of PharmEnable Ltd.

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  • Committed to developing new life science data analysis methods (AI/ML/data science) and their application, primarily related to chemical biology, drug discovery and in silico toxicology
  • Expertise comprises data ranging from chemical structure and gene expression data to phenotypic readouts and preclinical information, applied to both efficacy- and safety/tox-related questions
  • Collaborating with academic research groups, as well as  pharmaceutical, chemical, and consumer goods companies (Eli Lilly, AstraZeneca, GSK, BASF, Johnson&Johnson/Janssen, Unilever, ...)
  • Co-founder/founding CTO and current SAB member of Healx Ltd. (data-driven drug repurposing for rare diseases, and beyond); co-founder of PharmEnable Ltd.; SAB member of Lhasa Ltd. (toxicology and metabolism prediction) and Cresset Ltd.
  • Coordinator of the Computational & In Silico Toxicology Specialty Section of the British Toxicology Society (BTS)
  • Steering Committee Member of the Cambridge Alliance on Medicines Safety (CAMS)
  • Currently leading a group of ca. 15 PhD students, postdocs, project students and visitors at the Centre for Molecular Informatics at the University of Cambridge,


Mechanism of action deconvolution of the small-molecule pathological tau aggregation inhibitor Anle138b.
L Hosseini-Gerami, E Ficulle, N Humphryes-Kirilov, DC Airey, J Scherschel, S Kananathan, BJ Eastwood, S Bose, DA Collier, E Laing, D Evans, H Broughton, A Bender
– Alzheimer's Research and Therapy
In silico prediction and biological assessment of novel angiogenesis modulators from traditional Chinese medicine
Y Zhu, H Yang, L Han, LH Mervin, L Hosseini-Gerami, P Li, P Wright, M-A Trapotsi, K Liu, T-P Fan, A Bender
– Frontiers in pharmacology
Using Chemical and Biological Data to Predict Drug Toxicity
A Liu, S Seal, H Yang, A Bender
– SLAS discovery : advancing life sciences R & D
Prediction of inotropic effect based on calcium transients in human iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes and machine learning.
H Yang, O Obrezanova, A Pointon, W Stebbeds, J Francis, KA Beattie, P Clements, JS Harvey, GF Smith, A Bender
– Toxicol Appl Pharmacol
Retrospective analysis of the potential use of virtual control groups in preclinical toxicity assessment using the eTOX database
PSR Wright, GF Smith, KA Briggs, R Thomas, G Maglennon, P Mikulskis, M Chapman, N Greene, BU Phillips, A Bender
– Regul Toxicol Pharmacol
Statistical analysis of preclinical inter-species concordance of histopathological findings in the eTOX database
PSR Wright, KA Briggs, R Thomas, GF Smith, G Maglennon, P Mikulskis, M Chapman, N Greene, BU Phillips, A Bender
– Regul Toxicol Pharmacol
Integrating cell morphology with gene expression and chemical structure to aid mitochondrial toxicity detection
S Seal, J Carreras-Puigvert, M-A Trapotsi, H Yang, O Spjuth, A Bender
– Commun Biol
Monomerization of Homodimeric Trefoil Factor 3 (TFF3) by an Aminonitrile Compound Inhibits TFF3-Dependent Cancer Cell Survival
V Pandey, X Zhang, H-M Poh, B Wang, D Dukanya, L Ma, Z Yin, A Bender, G Periyasamy, T Zhu, KS Rangappa, B Basappa, PE Lobie
– ACS pharmacology & translational science
DOCKSTRING: Easy Molecular Docking Yields Better Benchmarks for Ligand Design.
M García-Ortegón, GNC Simm, AJ Tripp, JM Hernández-Lobato, A Bender, S Bacallado
– Journal of chemical information and modeling
Cell Morphological Profiling Enables High-Throughput Screening for PROteolysis TArgeting Chimera (PROTAC) Phenotypic Signature.
M-A Trapotsi, E Mouchet, G Williams, T Monteverde, K Juhani, R Turkki, F Miljković, A Martinsson, L Mervin, KR Pryde, E Müllers, I Barrett, O Engkvist, A Bender, K Moreau
– ACS Chem Biol
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