Drug Discovery and Therapeutics


WHEN February 6-8, 2023
9 AM - 5 PM WHERE NYUAD Campus WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute By Invitation Interested scholars please contact nyuad.programs@nyu.edu

Recent advances in genomics, proteomics, and computational biology are allowing scientists to define coding genes and disease-causing mutations more precisely. Conference participants describe their cutting-edge research and approaches to identifying and characterizing drug targets, and how drugs are being developed for such targets. The conference brings to NYUAD international and UAE renowned scientists to present their work on finding new targets and drugs for human diseases.


prSpeaker Name
Talk Title
Pascal Falter-Braun, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) München
(Keynote - Day 1)
Interactome networks to understand genetic and infectious diseases and facilitate drug discovery
Julien Olivet, KU Leuven University Targeting protein-protein interactions in HDAC complexes
Diana El Assal, NYUAD The reconstruction and application of a green-monkey metabolic model for the identification of drug targets for COVID-19 infections
Christoph Gorgulla, Harvard University VirtualFlow - A Computational Drug Discovery Platform for Ultra-Large Virtual Screenings
Ali Trabolsi, NYUAD Smart Porous Materials For Drug Delivery
Peter Shepherd, Univesity of Auckland, New Zealand Developing precision medicine strategies for metabolic disease targeting population specific genetic variants  
Yasmine Mandour, University of Hertfordshire, Egypt Novel Allosteric Chemokine Receptors’ Inhibitors for Colorectal Cancer Treatment
Rachid Sougrat, KAUST, K.S.A. Cryo-EM: A “tour de force” becoming a routine application.
Sun-Shin Cha, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea Nucleotide-based approach for the development of b-lactamase inhibitors
Saif Alqassim, Mohammed Bin Rashid University Of Medicine and Health Sciences Mechanism of actin assembly by Rickettsia Sca2: A tail of molecular mimicry
Lin-Woo Kang, Kunkuk University, Korea Insights into structure and activity relationships of β-lactams and β-lactamases
Matthew Chang, National University of Singapore
(Keynote - Day 2)
Reprogramming microbes to rewire host-microbiome interactions
Lucia Gemma Delogu, University of Padua 2D materials platforms immune interactions in the human health and the environment
Hassan Shabir, Khalifa University 3D tissue engineering: An emerging alternative to lab animals
Marcella Gomez, University of California Santa Cruz Bioelectronics and machine learning to close the loop in biocontrol
Bushra Dohai, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU) München NiTRO, an algorithm for predicting drug repositioning, and its application on cells infected with coronaviruses
Mauro Giacca, King's College London, UK RNA therapeutics for cardiac repair and regeneration
Martin Lohse, ISAR Bioscience, Munich, Germany Delivering RNAs into cells for therapeutic purposes
Martin Hallberg, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden Cryo-EM and Nanobody Design for Rapid Pandemic Response
Serge Muyldermans, VUB, Belgium
Importance of Dromedaries in Generating Nanobodies
Sunil Kumar, University of Denver Multidimensional synthetic protein mimetic approaches to modulate pathological protein-protein interactions
Melissa Birol, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz-Association Tracing disease onset and progression through different lenses
Rihab Nasr, American University of Beirut Optimizing therapies of chronic myeloid leukemia: One step closer to cure?
Khalid Salaita, Emory University Smart nucleic acid drugs
Mohammed Akli Ayoub, Khalifa University Dissecting the molecular mechanisms of the antidiabetic properties of camel milk

Convened by

  • Piergiorgio Percipalle, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs; Program Head of Biology; Professor of Biology, NYUAD
  • Jean-Claude Twizere, Senior Research Scientist, NYUAD
  • Wael Rabeh, Associate Professor of Chemistry, NYUAD
  • Mazin Magzoub, Associate Professor of Biology, NYUAD
  • Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani, Associate Professor of Biology; Global Network Associate Professor of Biology, NYUAD

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