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Gerard JP van Westen

  • PhD
  • Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
  • Leiden University
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I studied Biopharmaceutical Sciences at Leiden University from September 2001 until September 2007. In the final years I have done two major internships. The first one was within the LACDR on a biochemical project. The second one was something completely different on a computational project at Tibotec in Mechelen Belgium. It was here that I discovered the challenging side of computational research. I did my PhD at the group of Medicinal Chemistry Leiden in close collaboration with Tibotec in the fall of 2007 until 2012. My project focused on the development of proteochemometric modeling which can map structure activity relations between a series of compounds and a series of proteins including pair specific interaction data.Developing this technique and characterizing its advantages and possible shortcomings is the aim of my work (a collaboration between Leiden University and Jansen Belgium) Currently I started as a postdoc in the ChEMBL group (headed by John Overington) at the European Bioinformatics Institute. The project is a cooperation between the EBI and the group of Sthephen Cusack in Grenoble. Please see my personal website ( for further info, publications and reprint requests. Specialties: In silico research, modeling, machine learning, proteochemometrics, chemogenomics, QSAR, computer aided drug design I am always interested in collaborations, so don't hesitate to contact me.

Recent publications

  • Linking drug target and pathway activation for effective therapy using multi-Task learning

    • Yang M
    • Simm J
    • Lam C
    • et al.
  • Advances in GPCR modeling evaluated by the GPCR Dock 2013 assessment: Meeting new challenges

    • Kufareva I
    • Katritch V
    • Biggin P
    • et al.

Professional experience

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)

Leiden University

May 2015 - Present

Postdoctoral Fellow


May 2012 - April 2015(3 years)

PhD Student

Universiteit Leiden

November 2007 - March 2012(4 years)



Leiden University

September 2001 - September 2007(6 years)

MSc Internship

Janssen Pharmaceutica

October 2006 - March 2007(5 months)

Co-authors (856)