“Belinda Akpa applies her diverse expertise and high-performance computing to accelerate the drug discovery process and increase the chances of success when candidate molecules go to clinical trials.” Read more
“ORNL will integrate data about relevant biological processes into the ATOM workflow to increase the chances of success when molecules go to clinical trials.” Read more
“Purpose: The Biosciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory invites qualified persons to apply for the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate in the area of computational systems physiology and molecular design.
Major Duties/Responsibilities: The position requires collaboration within a multi-disciplinary research environment consisting of experimental biologists, computer scientists, engineers, and mathematicians for a project encompassing multiscale modeling, high performance computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in support of molecular design. The skill set of a qualified applicant will be utilized to develop mechanistic systems models for integration with the Accelerating Therapeutics for Opportunities in Medicine (ATOM) platform for drug discovery and in support of the Laboratory’s missions.”
The EMRLab is very excited to welcome new member Dr Charles Hodgens. Dr Hodgens is joining the NSF-funded collaboration with our plant biology colleagues in Dr Marcela Rojas-Pierce’s lab at NC State University. Charlie is a talented, discipline-crossing biologist who will be responsible for the computational aspects of this research effort. He holds a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology with a Certificate in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Check out the latest publication from his thesis work in the Kieber Lab: Mutagenomics: A rapid, high-throughput method to identify causative mutations from a genetic screen . Welcome Charlie!!!
What inspired you to do research in your field?
Working in computational systems physiology gives me an excuse to marry multiple fields of interest in the pursuit of solving tough problems. It is also a chance to work in diverse teams, as the work often relies critically on expertise beyond what typically exists in one research group. It requires effective communication across different disciplinary cultures, and I’ve always been fascinated by cross-cultural communication in science and otherwise. More…