October 19, 2016
Rommie Amaro, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, has won the 2016 Corwin Hansch Award, given by the Hansch-Fujita Foundation each year to a scholar under the age of 40 for significant contributions to the field of computer-aided drug design.
Amaro, who is the director of UC San Diego’s National Biomedical Computation Resource and a co-director of the Drug Design Data Resource, was presented with the award at the 2016 EuroQSAR meeting and the Gordon Research Conferences on Computer-Aided Drug Design in Verona, Italy.
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, Corwin Hansch.
Amaro received both her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and her PhD in chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, computer science and chemistry at UC Irvine for two years before being recruited to the faculty at UC San Diego in 2011.