Professor Val Gillet
Professor of Chemoinformatics
MA (Cambridge); MSc (Sheffield); PhD (Sheffield)
After completing a degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge, I took a short term research post in the Department of Information Studies (as the Information School was then called) and contributed to the building of a database of generic chemical structures as found in the patent literature. This post fueled my interest in computing and I took the MSc in Information Science, returning to the generic structures project for my master’s dissertation and subsequent PhD - this time developing novel search algorithms to retrieve structural information from the database. I then moved to the Chemistry Department at Leeds University where I led a team working on de novo design (that is, the in-silico design of chemical compounds to fit a set of constraints such as a protein binding site) before returning to Sheffield in the mid-nineties and taking up an academic post.
- Head of School (Sept 2012 - Aug 2016)