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Dr. Ruud Van Deursen

Name: Dr. Ruud Van Deursen

Job Title: Research Cheminformatician 

Hi, I am Ruud van Deursen. Chances are, that based on my first name, you would have guessed that I'm from the Netherlands.

After three years in chemical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, I have written my M.Sc. on Biotransformations with Profs. Wolfgang Kroutil and Kurt Faber in Graz. I have earned my PhD in computer-aided drug design and cheminformatics with Jean-Louis Reymond in 2010.

Additional postdoc experience has been gained with research work in chemical biology at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and on computational/experimental protein design with Prof. David Baker at the University of Washington. In 2015, I first arrived in the United Kingdom to join the University of Dundee to contribute to a protein target identification project.

After having been approached in the summer by recruiters, I joined Lhasa in November 2016, primarily because the on-site visit and visit to the city of Leeds impressed me with a very welcoming atmosphere. Ongoing publications confirm up-to-date and excellent research carried out by the company.

Within Lhasa, I am working in the molecular informatics team, providing cheminformatics support and developing new tools for the building of new predictive models used in various platforms.

Apart from work, I enjoy time relaxing in my city flat. Outside the flat, I am usually out on my road bicycle enjoying the countryside in Yorkshire. Once a year it’s time for long vacation trips somewhere in the world with my older brother. Believe me, it’s good to be the junior kid. I appreciate a lot of good music of almost any style, but my preference goes to early music including medieval, renaissance and baroque music. Sport interests are PSV Eindhoven football team and the ever-entertaining NHL, in particular when the Montreal Canadiens are in the rink.

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