UT-ORNL Center for Molecular Biophysics News

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.