Annual Meeting

Computation is the new experiment

A Discover BMB symposium: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Structural Biology, Drug Design and Systems Biology
Rommie E. Amaro Celia Schiffer
By Rommie E. Amaro and Celia Schiffer
Sept. 20, 2022

After decades of playing second fiddle, computation is now taking center stage — achieving critical insights that experimentation alone cannot provide. We are witnessing a dramatic rise in artificial intelligence–based methods coupled with year-on-year improvements of physics-based approaches. We now can fold a protein accurately from sequence alone!

Game-changing methods in protein and enzyme design are hurtling toward us. Scientists now can integrate numerous experimental data sets into computational models to explore previously unseen elements at (and across) scales never before achieved. Computational simulations are rewriting textbooks — from molecules to system dynamics and function. Machine learning is transforming drug design and development.

All in all, you will not find a symposium at Discover BMB, the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, filled with more excitement and possibility than ours. Buckle up for a thrilling ride in March in Seattle!

Keywords: Artificial intelligence, structural biology, simulation, drug discovery, bioinformatics, systems biology, machine learning.

Who should attend: All who want to find out how computation is transforming biological problem-solving.

Theme song: “Respect” by Aretha Franklin, because computation deserves it.

This session is powered by a powerful flux capacitor.


Structure determination
Debora MarksHarvard Medical School
Rommie E. Amaro (chair), University of California, San Diego
Ramanathan ArvindArgonne National Laboratory; University of Chicago
Jason PerryGilead Sciences Inc.

Drug design
John ChoderaSloan Kettering Institute
David BakerUniversity of Washington
Steve CapuzziVertex Pharmaceuticals
Celia Schiffer (chair), University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School

Bioinformatics / Systems biology
Marian WalhoutUniversity of Massachusetts Chan Medical School
Janet GeorgeIntel Corporation
Ivet Bahar (chair), University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Henry van dem BedamAtomWise Inc.

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Rommie E. Amaro
Rommie E. Amaro

Rommie E. Amaro is a professor in the chemistry and biochemistry department at the University of California, San Diego.

Celia Schiffer
Celia Schiffer

Celia A. Schiffer is chair of the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology.

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