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Dr Benjamin Wahab

Research Fellow

Ysgol y Biowyddorau

+44 (0)29 2251 1074
Y Prif Adeilad, Plas y Parc, Caerdydd, CF10 3AT

I am the computational chemist for the Medicines Discovery Institute at Cardiff University. My role involves computer aided drug design (CADD), chemoinformatics and allied life-science computing for drug discovery. I work in multi-faceted drug discovery teams to help drive and support rationale design, from virtual screening and supporting ideation in design-make-test-analyse cycles, to creating tools for medicinal chemists to augment their design workflows. I am also involved in initial project triage and compute systems infrastructure deployment and management.

I have worked across oncology, neuroscience and anti-bacterial projects at various stages from project selection to lead-optimisation and find the challenges of such dynamic and exciting working environments both rewarding and enjoyable.

I obtained my PhD in microreactor-based synthetic chemistry for drug discovery at the University of Hull in 2010, working in collaboration with Sanofi Aventis in an oncology setting. During the PhD I became enamoured by the lure of working with multi-faceted teams, where everyone had a unique role to play and was keen deliver, and so undertook an additional post graduate diploma in research training to better understand the mixture of research disciplinarity.

After my PhD I was keen to keep to working at the interface of disciplines, and so I embarked on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between the University of Sheffield and a small contract research organisation, where I worked on novel anti-bacterial approaches. Whilst in the KTP, I undertook my computational chemistry training, as well as a post graduate diploma in Management and Leadership with the Chartered Management Institute.

In 2013, I joined Simon Ward and John Attack at the Sussex Drug Discovery Centre, where I spent five rewarding years working as the computational chemist across a wide variety of targets, focusing in both oncology and neuroscience. Whilst I still hold a role at the SDDC, when the Medicines Discovery Institute started, I decided to join the team at Cardiff – the local environment for high quality entrepreneurialism and highly deliverable drug discovery science was an obvious choice.