Corwin Hansch Award

 

The 2015 Hansch Award goes to Rajarshi Guha PhD, a research scientist at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH, for outstanding contributions to the field of QSAR model validation, structure-activity landscapes and cheminformatics, as well as championing open-source cheminformatic software. 
The winner is selected from a poll of nominees, under the age of 40 years, who is active in the field of Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSAR), and who has contributed significantly to the field.

The award, established in 2000, is named after the late honorary chair of the QSAR and Chemoinformatics Society and the pioneer of the interdisciplinary science of QSAR, Dr. Corwin Hansch. The Hansch Awards are presented at the European QSAR Symposia and the Gordon Research Conferences on Computer-Aided Drug Design.

The winner is selected from a poll of nominees, under the age of 40 years, who is active in the field of Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSAR), and who has contributed significantly to the field.

The award, established in 2000, is named after the late honorary chair of the QSAR and Chemoinformatics Society and the pioneer of the interdisciplinary science of QSAR, Dr. Corwin Hansch. The Hansch Awards are presented at the European QSAR Symposia and the Gordon Research Conferences on Computer-Aided Drug Design.

 
 

Dr. Rajarshi guha

 

Dr. Rajarshi Guha is a research scientist at the US NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The emphasis of his work at the center is to solve informatics problems related to small molecule and RNAi screening, ranging from medicinal chemistry support to development of cheminformatics tools and models. His main areas of research interest are QSAR methodology development, chemical data mining and cheminformatics approaches to bioinformatics problems. 

In addition to investigating and developing methodologies, Rajarshi is also active in a number of cheminformatics related software development efforts including leading the backend and REST API development for the BioAssay Research Database (bard.nih.gov), and one of the originators and active contributors to the cdk open source cheminformatics toolkit and the Blue Obelisk group that promotes open data, open source and open standards within chemistry. Rajarshi received his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University. Before joining NIH, Guha was a visiting assistant professor in the School of Informatics at Indiana University, where he currently holds an adjunct professorship. 

Rajarshi is the author of more than 100 publications. As an active member of the cheminformatics community, he has held multiple leadership roles in the American Chemical Society’s Division of Chemical Information including serving as Chair (2012) and Vice Chair (2011) and organizing several symposia. He is a member of the editorial boards of Chemistry Central Journal, Journal of Cheminformatics, and Synergy. Rajarshi previously received two NIH Directors Awards: in 2013 NIH for Malaria Screening and in 2011 for Trans-NIH RNAi Screening; 

 

Previous Recipients

2014—Andreas Bender (Lecturer for Molecular Informatics at the Chemistry Department, University of Cambridge UK)

2012—Renxiao Wang (Professor, State Key Lab of Bioorganic Chemistry, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China, P.R., sioc-ccbg.ac.cn)

2011—Anna Linusson (Professor, Department of Chemistry, Umeå University, Sweden, www.chemistry.umu.se/english/research/group-leaders/anna-linusson)

2011—Jeremy L. Jenkins (Senior Investigator, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Developmental & Molecular Pathways, Google Scholar, ORCID: 0000-0001-9795-0771)

2010—Ismael Zamora

2009—Holger Gohlke (Professor of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry at the Institute of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, cpclab.uni-duesseldorf.de)

2008—Heather A. Carlson

2007—Andrew L. Hopkins

2006—Jordi Mestres (Principal investigator, Head of Systems Pharmacology, Research Programme on Biomedical Informatics (GRIB), IMIM Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute, Associate Professor, Department of Experimental and Health Sciences, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, syspharm.imim.cat)

2005—Matthias Rarey (Professor, University of Hamburg, Center for Bioinformatics, Hamburg, Germany,  zbh.uni-hamburg.de/mitarbeiter/rarey.html)

2004—Rebecca C. Wade

2003—David E. Clark

2002—Tudor I. Oprea

2001—Gabriele Cruciani

2000—Hua Gao

About the Award

The winner is selected from a poll of nominees, under the age of 40 years, who is active in the field of Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSAR), and who has contributed significantly to the field.

The Hansch Awards are presented at the European QSAR Symposia and the Gordon Research Conferences on Computer-Aided Drug Design.