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Introducing SCI Ambassador, Anika Liu

Anika Liu

SCI provides many valuable opportunities for young scientists to advance their scientific career”

What are your research interests?
I am interested in better understanding drug side effects in a data- and prior knowledge-driven manner.  To do so, I integrate chemical, biological and clinical information, and am particularly looking into interpretable machine learning models as well as reasoning based on biological networks.

How did you first get involved with SCI?
I attended the Designing Safer Medicines Conference 2018 organised by the SCI as preparation for my PhD project, and was awarded a student bursary by the SCI to do so. Since then, I found that the SCI provides many valuable opportunities for young scientists to advance their scientific career.

SCI aims to be 'where science meets business'. What is the potential commercial application of your research?
A better understanding of adverse event mechanisms is the foundation for earlier detection of likely toxic candidates in drug pipelines and hence a more efficient allocation of resources. This can contribute to increased productivity in pharmaceutical development while protecting human safety and animal welfare.

What do you hope to gain from your involvement with SCI?
I hope to meet interesting people in related fields and to learn more about industry-related career options. I am looking forward to participating in the SCI Mentoring Scheme.

Why would you encourage your peers to join SCI?
I attended the Designing Safer Medicines Conference 2018 organised by the SCI as preparation for my PhD project, and was awarded a student bursary by the SCI to do so. Since then, I found that the SCI provides many valuable opportunities for young scientists to advance their scientific career.

Anika Liu
University of Cambridge in collaboration with GSK

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