Ligand-protein docking, and computer-aided drug design

Date 27 - 28 November 2018
Speaker(s) Vincent Zoete, Antoine Daina
ECTS 0.5
Fees *academic: 120 CHF   -   for-profit: 600 CHF
Cancellation deadline 16 Nov 2018
City Basel
*academic fee includes non for-profit organisations as well as unemployed participants at the time of application.


This workshop aims to present basics on molecular visualization, ligand-protein docking and several computer-aided drug design tools developed at SIB. Numerous case examples are taken from different therapeutic fields.

Participants will use powerful, yet simple and intuitive, professional tools, commonly employed in molecular modelling, drug design and drug-target analysis. Some of these tools are based on original unique technologies and databases developed by the SIB, such as SwissBioisostere. The lectures and workshops will be given by the developers of the methods, also available to answer questions regarding the participants' own research and needs.


The workshop is intended for a wide audience covering master students to postdocs in biology, chemistry, pharmacy or medecine, up to senior researchers from academia or private companies.

Learning objectives

At the end of the tutorial, participants will be able to:

  • use UCSF chimera to display molecules in 3D and analyse protein-ligand complexes
  • submit docking calculations through UCSF Chimera and analyse results at atomic scale
  • use SwissSimilarity to perform ligand-based screening
  • use SwissTargetPrediction to predict the most probable protein targets of bioactive small molecules in the context of secondary effect, drug repurposing or deconvolution of phenotypic screen
  • use SwissADME to estimate ADME, physicochemical, pharmacokinetic, druglikeness and related properties
  • use SwissBioisostere for for selecting molecular replacements in the context of lead optimization or scaffold hopping.



  • Basic knowledge in biology
  • Very basic knowledge in chemistry.


  • Laptop with two software installed: UCSF Chimera and a web browser (recent version of Firefox, Chrome or Safari). Please, install UCSF Chimera version 1.13 for which you can find a Mac OS X version here and a Windows version here.


Registration fees for academics are 120 CHF and 600 CHF for for-profit companies. The fees include course material and coffee breaks.

Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set to 16 Novembre. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to this and other general conditions, available here.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation. Upon reception of the confirmation email, participants will be asked to confirm attendance by paying the fees within 5 days.

Venue and time

University of Basel, Biozentrum building, Seminar room 104 (Klingelbergstrasse 50/70, CH - 4056 Basel). Directions here.

The course will start at 9:30 on 27 Nov and at 9:00 on 28 Nov and end both days around 17:00. Precise information will be provided to the participants on due time.

Additional information

Coordination: Diana Marek, SIB Training Group

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