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Gerard van Westen, MSc

Postdoctoral Fellow, EMBL-EBI
Hinxton, United Kingdom

Research field: Chemistry
Machine learning, statistical modeling, GPCRs


Awards and Grants

  •  Oct 2011 
    First Prize Section Medicinal Chemistry of the Royal Dutch Chemistry Society at the FIGON DMD View website
  •  Jun 2011 
    Best Presentation by Junior Scientist (TI Pharma GPCR Forum) View website
  •  Oct 2010 
    Silver Poster Prize Section Medicinal Chemistry of Royal Dutch Chemistry Society View website
  •  Oct 2010 
    Bronze Prize National PhD Student Competition FIGON Days 2010 View website
  •  Apr 2010 
    LACDR PhD Student Competition First Prize View website

Biographical Information

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.


Professional Experience

2012 - Present
Postdoctoral Fellow at EMBL-EBI
Hinxton, United Kingdom
Nov 2007 - Mar 2012
PhD Student at Universiteit Leiden
Leiden, Netherlands

Sep 2001 - Sep 2006
Leiden University in Leiden, Netherlands
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Johnson & Johnson

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