Ben Sellers - Senior Scientist (Cheminformatics), Discovery Chemistry & Computational Drug Discovery

Ben Sellers

Senior Scientist (Cheminformatics), Discovery Chemistry & Computational Drug Discovery

Postdoc Mentor
"I am humbled every day by discoveries that increase our understanding of life and disease. I feel fortunate to work with others in developing these discoveries into medicines."
8
Years at Genentech
7
Publications
2
Awards & Honors

I joined the Computational Drug Discovery group at Genentech in 2009. My role involves developing computational tools and modeling of potential drugs as part of therapeutic project teams. My background is also a mix of software engineering and science; I developed computer-aided design software for several years at Autodesk, Inc. before diving into protein modeling in the Jacobson lab at UCSF. Genentech is a fantastic, collaborative environment that values risk-taking and basic science.

Postdoctoral Mentor

I am very excited to co-mentor a unique Genentech-Stanford University post-doc with Professor Vijay Pande. We aim to identify alternative protein conformations using ultra-large scale simulations that will be useful for drug-discovery and biological understanding.

Featured Publication

A Comparison of Quantum and Molecular Mechanical Methods to Estimate Strain Energy in Druglike Fragments.

J Chem Inf Model. 2017 Jun 26;57(6):1265-1275.

Sellers BD, James NC, Gobbi A.