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Research by University of Toronto, Computer Science student Ali Punjani (PhD), Marcus Brubaker (U of T Computer Science alumnus) and Professor David Fleet may help in the development of new drugs.
Their technology uses machine learning algorithms that create 3D structures of tiny protein molecules. The 3D structures of protein molecules can help researchers understand how these molecules function and help to determine how they might interact with new drug therapies for diseases such as Alzheimer’s or cancer.
“Designing successful drugs is like solving a puzzle,” says U of T PhD student Ali Punjani. “Without knowing the three-dimensional shape of a protein, it would be like trying to solve that puzzle with a blindfold on.” Read more at U of T News