We are happy to announce the 2016 PROTEO Summer School on Computational Drug Design. Although in-silico techniques are gaining in importance, the university curriculum does not reflect this. Therefore, we are organizing for students in Quebec, with support of the PROTEO network, a two-day workshop on computational techniques such as pharmacophores, prepare computational combinatorial ligand library, molecular docking and homology modelling of proteins and antibodies. The aim is to promote and introduce computational techniques as part of a daily routine in a researcher's lab life for non-specialists and non-programmers.

The flyer of the event can be downloaded here. The program can be found here.

Location Summer School:

room MB 5.265
MB Building (John Molson)
1450 Rue Guy

Starting 18.08.2016 from 10:00am


Dr. Sanjay Srivastava

Paraza Pharma Inc

Dr. Sanjay Srivastava has over 15 years of pre-clinical research experience in generating & applying Computational Chemistry or Cheminformatics led solutions to problems in Drug Discovery, at multiple big Pharma companies. He has led or participated in the introduction of several novel computational paradigms in improving drug design strategies. At AstraZeneca, he was part of the team that was recognized with the highest R&D award for implementing and instilling the culture of predictive in-silico ADME models in preclinical research. He was also involved in several Pain projects that advanced candidate compounds to clinical phase.

Sanjay obtained a Masters degree in Physical Chemistry from IIT, Kanpur (India) before proceeding to Case Western U (USA) for a Ph.D in Computational Chemistry (w/ Prof Klopman) followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at College of Pharmacy, U of Michigan (w/ Prof Crippen). After a brief stint at National Research Council Canada, he worked at AstraZeneca's Pain research center at Montreal, Canada for 12 years before spending some years with Boehringer-Ingelheim R&D, Laval to lead & consolidate their Cheminformatics platform. Since 2013 he has been providing Integrated Informatics expertise to startup biotechs and CROs in Canada and India, with recent consultant role being at Paraza Pharma Inc, a company that has slowly evolved into a Montreal based top provider of integrated drug discovery services to the pharmaceutical industry.

Audrey Bonin

Chemical Computing Group

Guillaume Lamoureux

Concordia University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Rafael Najmanovich
Joelle Pelletier
Université de Montréal, Department of Chemistry


Olivier Rousseau

Université de Montréal, Biochemistry department

Maximilian Ebert
Université de Montréal, Biochemistry department

Summer School schedule

Day 1: August 18th

Registration and breakfast


10h00 - 10h25

Introduction to the workshop


10h25 - 10h30

LECTURE: Computational Chemistry involvement in Pharmaceutical Drug Discovery programs: Co-existence of the Good, Bad and Ugly

Dr. Sanjay Srivastava

10h30 - 12h00

LECTURE: Force field and proteins/ligands interactions

Guillaume Lamoureux

12h00 - 13h30


13h30 - 14h30

TUTORIAL: Computational drug design 1

Audrey Bonin

14h30 - 16h00

Coffee break

16h00 - 16h20

TUTORIAL: Computational drug design 2

Audrey Bonin

16h20 - 17h50



17h50 - 20h00


Day 2: August 19th



9h00 - 9h30

LECTURE: Protein and antibody modelling

Joelle Pelletier

9h30 - 11h00

LECTURE: Homology modelling and molecular docking

Maximilian Ebert

11h00 - 12h00


12h00 - 13h00

TUTORIAL: Protein and antibody modelling 1

Audrey Bonin

13h00 - 14h30

Coffee Break

14h30 - 14h50

TUTORIAL: Protein and antibody modelling 2

Audrey Bonin

14h50 - 16h20

Q&A How can I apply this to my research


16h20 - 17h00

Closing remarks


17h00 - 17h15