Q&A with Professor Gisbert Schneider and Dr Francesca Grisoni

    The importance of collaboration and good working relationships is unquestionable in chemistry, and is vital for the effective publication of research articles. In this series of Q&A’s we talk to people involved in all aspects of the process and explore the relationships between them. Here we discuss the mentor-mentee relationship with Professor Gisbert Schneider and Dr Francesca Grisoni (both ETH Zurich).

    Image credit: Gisbert Schneider

    Gisbert is Professor of Computer-Assisted Drug Design, working on adaptive intelligent systems for molecular de novo design. Francesca is a post-doctoral researcher also working on artificial intelligence for drug discovery and design. They have worked together in Gisbert’s lab since 2014 and published during this period, among other research, two papers in Communications Chemistry, Tuning artificial intelligence on the de novo design of natural-product-inspired retinoid X receptor modulators and Scaffold hopping from natural products to synthetic mimetics by holistic molecular similarity. In this interview we talk about their experiences of working and publishing together.

    Image credit: Francesca Grisoni

    This interview was conducted by the editors at Communications Chemistry.

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    Q&A with Professor Gisbert Schneider and Dr Francesca Grisoni. Commun Chem 2, 29 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s42004-019-0128-1

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