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UT Researchers Use Computers for Drug Research


UT researchers are using supercomputing to simulate the interactions of drug compounds and proteins in the body. The computers allow them to rapidly collect and analyze data which could make medicine cheaper, find new uses for existing drugs, and enhance the understanding of a drug’s potential side effects.

UT Faculty Research Why Drugs Work on Some and Not Others

Two UT biochemistry, cellular, and molecular biology faculty members may have uncovered why some people respond to drugs differently. Jerome Baudry and Yinglong Miao, joint faculty at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, used supercomputer simulations at ORNL to give them unprecedented access to a key class of proteins involved in drug detoxification.

Supercomputing Research Opens Doors for Drug Discovery

A quicker and cheaper technique to scan molecular databases developed by UT researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) could put scientists on the fast track to developing new drug treatments. A team led by Jerome Baudry of the UT-ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics adapted a widely used existing software to allow supercomputers such as ORNL’s Jaguar to sift through immense molecular databases and pinpoint chemical compounds as potential drug candidates.