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Applications of AI in drug design

   Department of Chemistry

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  Dr B Howlin  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Artificial Intelligence is rapidly becoming the default in modern drug design.  We seek to develop new methods and applications to invent new pharmaceuticals initially for applications in Anti-ageing.

We have used machine learning to search databases to propose new drug candidates from a machine learning model from test data. We seek to extend both the scope and applications of this technology to new areas. This project would suit someone with prior knowledge of python or someone willing to learn. We are currently active in Anti-ageing research and there will be the opportunity to liaise with our biological colleagues over testing of compounds and with our colleagues in the Quantum Biology Centre at the University.

Supervisor: Dr Brendan Howlin

Entry requirements

Open to UK students starting in October 2022. Later start dates can be considered.

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).

How to apply

Apply via the Chemistry PhD programme page.

Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.

Funding Notes

UK fees covered. Stipend of £16,062 p.a. (for 2022-23). Funding is for 3.5 years. Funded by the Doctoral Training Partnership.


Random forest classification for predicting lifespan-extending chemical compounds - https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-93070-6
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