Teresa Head-Gordon receives COVID-19 research funding

June 25, 2020

Theresa Head-Gordon

Teresa Head-Gordon, Chancellor's Professor of Chemistry, Bioengineering, and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, joins three colleagues from Berkeley Engineering who have received funding from the  C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute for COVID-19 projects.

The newly formed research consortium C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute has made awards to 26 research projects led by top scientists and engineers to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Head-Gordon has received funding for the project "Scoring Drugs: Small Molecule Drug Discovery for COVID-19 Using Physics-Inspired Machine Learning". Funding for other Berkeley projects was awarded to Gerbrand Ceder, Jennifer Listgarten, and Alberto Sangiovanni-Bincentelli. 

Such efforts could help advance contact tracing, find a cure, or aid in reopening the economy. A significant number of the projects advance artificial intelligence research that aims to reduce racial, economic and healthcare disparities in COVID-19 public policy.

The C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute is a research consortium dedicated to accelerating the benefits of artificial intelligence for business, government, and society. The Institute engages the world’s leading scientists to conduct research and train practitioners in the Science of Digital Transformation, which operates at the intersection of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, internet of things, big data analytics, organizational behavior, public policy, and ethics.

C3.ai DTI was established in March 2020 by C3.ai, Microsoft Corporation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), UC Berkeley, Princeton University, University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, National Center for Supercomputing Applications at UIUC, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at UC Berkeley. The Institute is jointly managed and hosted by UC Berkeley and UIUC.

About Teresa Head-Gordon

Head-Gordon develops theoretical models that are used in chemical physics and biophysics. The Head-Gordon group studies condensed phase systems ranging from biomolecular systems, molecular liquids, and complex interfaces. Her research group develops software packages for molecular simulations.

Head-Gordon is a member of the Pitzer Center for Theoretical ChemistryShe is on the Board of Directors of the Molecular Sciences Software Institute and is co-director of CalSov. She is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for her contributions to the computational methodologies for macromolecular assemblies. She is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.