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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.

Personal Website

  • 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

Applying synergy metrics to combination screening data: agreements, disagreements and pitfalls
AHC Vlot, N Aniceto, MP Menden, G Ulrich-Merzenich, A Bender
– Drug Discovery 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
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
– Chem Biodivers
(2019)
16,
e1900234
KekuleScope: prediction of cancer cell line sensitivity and compound potency using convolutional neural networks trained on compound images
I Cortés-Ciriano, A Bender
– Journal of Cheminformatics
(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
– Nat Commun
(2019)
10,
2674
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
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
– Bioorganic Chemistry
(2019)
87,
142
SYSTEMS GENOMICS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS: COMBINING GWAS, SIGNALLING AND TRANSCRIPTIONAL NETWORKS TO UNCOVER NOVEL PATHOGENIC PATHWAYS
J Brooks, D Modos, P Sudhakar, B Verstockt, B Alexander-Dann, A Zoufir, D Fazekas, M Tremelling, A Watson, S Carding, S Vermeire, A Bender, T Korcsmaros
– GASTROENTEROLOGY
(2019)
156,
S605
OP10 Systems genomics of ulcerative colitis: combining GWAS and signalling networks for patient stratification and individualised drug targeting in ulcerative colitis
J Brooks, D Modos, P Sudhakar, D Fazekas, A Zoufir, A Watson, M Tremelling, B Verstockt, S Vermeire, A Bender, S Carding, T Korcsmaros
– Journal of Crohn's and Colitis
(2019)
13,
s006
Signalling and transcriptional network propagation uncovers novel ulcerative colitis pathogenetic pathways from single-nucleotide polymorphisms
D Modos, J Brooks, P Sudhakar, B Verstockt, B Alexander-Dann, A Zoufir, D Fazekas, S Vermeire, T Korcsmaros, A Bender
– Journal of Crohn's and Colitis
(2019)
13,
S091
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Research Group

Research Interest Groups

Telephone number

01223 762983

Email address

ab454@cam.ac.uk