A computer science research team from VCU Engineering won an international challenge for their novel method of predicting intrinsically disordered proteins. These proteins are inherently unstructured and have been found to be associated with cancers, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, which makes them promising targets for drug discovery.
Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D., the Robert J. Mattauch Professor and vice chair of VCU’s Department of Computer Science, and a team of his doctoral students and collaborators won first place in Critical Assessment of Protein Intrinsic Disorder Prediction (CAID). This worldwide challenge was established as a community-based blind test to identify the most accurate methods that predict unstructured protein regions… Continue reading.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Lukasz Kurgan, Ph.D., Qimonda Professor, Computer Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Kurgan was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to structural bioinformatics, focusing on protein-ligand and protein-nucleic acids interactions and computational characterization of intrinsic disorder.