Andrea Cavalli – Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Bologna
Professor of Medicinal Chemistry / University of Bologna
Andrea Cavalli is Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Bologna and Director of Computational and Chemical Biology at the Italian Istitute of Technology, Genova (Italy), where he is also Deputy Director for the Research Domain ”Computational Sciences”. Prof. Cavalli received his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Bologna in 1999 and did postdoctoral work in theoretical biophysics at SISSA (Trieste, Italy) and ETH (Zurich, Switzerland). Prof. Cavalli’s research has combined computational chemistry and physics with biological experiments. Recently, he has started research projects in the field of machine learning, combining genomics with clinical data and electronic medical records. He has developed and applied algorithms and protocols to accelerate and enhance the discovery of novel drug candidates. In particular, he has been a pioneer in the use of molecular dynamics simulations and related approaches to drug discovery, and in 2014 he founded a high-tech startup company (BiKi Technologies), which develops tools based on statistical mechanics for drug discovery. He is an author of more than 230 scientific papers and inventor in several international patents. He has delivered more than 120 invited lectures and seminars at international congresses and prestigious institutions. He is member of the Editorial Board of several international journals. In 2003, he was awarded the Farmindustria Prize for Pharmaceutical Research.