Sixue Zhang, Ph.D.

Scientist II

P: 205-581-2937


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Dr. Zhang has 10+ years of experience in computational chemistry. He obtained his B.S. of chemistry at Fudan University (Shanghai, China) with the Samsung Scholarship. He also received research experience in biochemistry from the Institute of Biomedical Science with the Tsung-dao Lee Scholarship and computer-aided drug discovery from the Pharmacy School with the Qihang Scholarship.  He then obtained his Ph.D. of computational chemistry at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the J. & M. Witt Fellowship under the supervision of Professor Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, a renowned physical chemist. Since joining Southern Research in 2016, he has participated in research and decision making in more than 40 computer-aided drug discovery projects in a multidiscipline platform with collaborations from more than 15 different institutions, covering oncology, neuroscience, infectious diseases, and genetic disorders. He successfully designed compounds that showed proof-of-concept in animal studies or co-crystalized with target proteins, which yielded high-impact publications as well as multiple awards. His expertise includes computational chemistry, computational biology, cheminformatics, bioinformatics, and machine learning. He also serves as review editors of scientific journals and was invited to speak at national and international conferences.