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Department of Chemistry

 
Portrait of ab454

Reader for Molecular Informatics

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, https://www-cmi.ch.cam.ac.uk/centre-molecular-informatics

Publications

Understanding Conditional Associations between ToxCast in Vitro Readouts and the Hepatotoxicity of Compounds Using Rule-Based Methods.
SY Mahmoud, F Svensson, A Zoufir, D Módos, AM Afzal, A Bender
– Chem Res Toxicol
(2020)
33,
137
Leveraging heterogeneous data from GHS toxicity annotations, molecular and protein target descriptors and Tox21 assay readouts to predict and rationalise acute toxicity
CHG Allen, LH Mervin, SY Mahmoud, A Bender
– J Cheminform
(2019)
11,
36
Applying synergy metrics to combination screening data: agreements, disagreements and pitfalls.
AHC Vlot, N Aniceto, MP Menden, G Ulrich-Merzenich, A Bender
– Drug Discov Today
(2019)
24,
2286
Elucidating Compound Mechanism of Action and Predicting Cytotoxicity Using Machine Learning Approaches, Taking Prediction Confidence into Account
G Drakakis, I Cortés-Ciriano, B Alexander-Dann, A Bender
– Current protocols in chemical biology
(2019)
11,
e73
Reliable Prediction Errors for Deep Neural Networks Using Test-Time Dropout.
I Cortés-Ciriano, A Bender
– Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
(2019)
59,
3330
Triazole-Pyridine Dicarbonitrile Targets Phosphodiesterase 4 to Induce Anticancer Activity in Lung Carcinoma Cells.
HK Keerthy, S Mohan, Basappa, H Bharathkumar, S Rangappa, F Svensson, A Bender, CD Mohan, KS Rangappa, R Bhatnagar
– Chemistry & Biodiversity
(2019)
16,
e1900234
KekuleScope: prediction of cancer cell line sensitivity and compound potency using convolutional neural networks trained on compound images.
I Cortes-Ciriano, A Bender
– Journal of cheminformatics
(2019)
11,
41
KekuleScope: prediction of cancer cell line sensitivity and compound potency using convolutional neural networks trained on compound images.
I Cortés-Ciriano, A Bender
– J Cheminform
(2019)
11,
41
Community assessment to advance computational prediction of cancer drug combinations in a pharmacogenomic screen.
MP Menden, D Wang, MJ Mason, B Szalai, KC Bulusu, Y Guan, T Yu, J Kang, M Jeon, R Wolfinger, T Nguyen, M Zaslavskiy, AstraZeneca-Sanger Drug Combination DREAM Consortium, IS Jang, Z Ghazoui, ME Ahsen, R Vogel, EC Neto, T Norman, EKY Tang, MJ Garnett, GYD Veroli, S Fawell, G Stolovitzky, J Guinney, JR Dry, J Saez-Rodriguez
– Nature Communications
(2019)
10,
2674
Synthesis of C C, C N coupled novel substituted dibutyl benzothiazepinone derivatives and evaluation of their thrombin inhibitory activity
CP Baburajeev, CD Mohan, V Pandey, S Rangappa, N Shivalingegowda, L Kalash, S Devaraja, A Bender, PE Lobie, KS Rangappa, Basappa
– Bioorg Chem
(2019)
87,
142
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Research Group

Research Interest Groups

Telephone number

01223 762983

Email address

ab454@cam.ac.uk