CUSB pupils get tips on drug design

Intricacies of protein structure and drug design were discussed at length by experts during th two-days national workshop on “Protein Structure Prediction and Drug Design” at Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) Patna campus during November 18 - 19, 2016. About 40 participants attended the two-days workshop. The workshop was formally inaugurated in presence of Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof. Om Praksh Rai and other dignitaries, chief guest of the workshop, Prof. G. Narahari Sastry from IICT, Hyderabad, guest of honour Dr. Pradeep Das, Director, RMRI, Patna, Prof. RS Rathore, Dean, School of Earth, Biological and Environmental Sciences, Prof. RK Singh, Head, Center for Biological Sciences, other faculty members and students.

Prof. G. Narahari Sastry given the inaugural lecture on “Lead Optimization in Drug Design: Modeling Efficacy, specificity and toxicity. He also discussed about the interdisciplinary nature of present day research, while Dr. Pradeep Das his views about Pharmackoinformatics. Prof. OP Rai, Pro-Vice Chancellor, CUSB congratulated and appreciated the organizing team for conducting the workshop on much needed topic and field.

Earlier, Dr. Asheesh Shanker, the convener of the workshop welcomeed the participants and distinguished guests. He also emphasizd on the importance of the topic in the current scenario and perspectives. Prof. RS Rathore shared his views about structure prediction and drug discovery. Prof. RK Singh addressed the gathering and highlighted the usefulness of bioinformatics.

Major themes covered in the workshop were Protein structure prediction and visualization, Chemical databases, Ligand design, Molecular Docking, etc. The objective of the workshop was to increase the awareness among Undergraduate / Postgraduate students and faculty members about the current trends in computer aided drug design in contemporary biological research. The workshop was conducted under the supervision of Prof. R.S. Rathore, Prof. R. K. Singh and other faculty members Dr. Asheesh Shanker (Convener), Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh (Organising Secretary), Dr. K.K. Ojha (Treasurer) and joint secretaries Dr. Durg Vijay Singh, Dr. Vijay Kumar Singh and Dr. Anil Kumar.

The two-days workshop came to an end with the valedictory session attended by CUSB Vice-Chancellor Prof. Harish Chandra Singh Rathore, faculty members of Centre for Biological Sciences, dignitaries and students.

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