Scientific Advisory Board

Prof. Toshio Fujita

Kyoto University, Japan


Prof. Toshio Fujita was born on Jan. 26, 1929 in Kyoto, Japan. He graduated from the Department of Agricultural Bioorganic Chemistry at Kyoto University in 1951 and later earned his PhD in the same department in 1962. He completed his postdoctoral at the Department of Chemistry, Pomona College, California in 1963. He completed another postdoctorate at the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois in 1964. Prof. Fujita instructed and lectured at Kyoto University between 1951 and 1966. He then became an associate professor in the department of Agricultural Chemistry until 1981. The following year, he became professor of pesticide and bioregulation chemistry. Since 1992, he has served as Professor Emeritus at Kyoto University. From 1992 to 1998, Prof. Fujita worked as a consultant at the Fujitsu Kansai Systems Laboratory.

Prof. Fujita´s academic activities include being president of the Pesticide Science Society of Japan from 1984 to 1986, and chairman of the Kansai Regional Section of Biotechnology and Agrochemistry between 1988 and 1990. In 1994, Prof. Fujita received the International Research Award from the Agrochemicals Division of American Chemical Society. His current research field is in structure-activity relationships and molecular design of bioactive compounds. Prof. Fujita has published about 290 original papers and review articles and he is the editor of 4 books.

Professor Fujita is inventor and chief developer of Emil software, furthermore, founder and head of the Emil Workgroup in Japan.

Prof. Paul W. Erhardt

Director, Center for Drug Design & Development, Professor, Medicinal & Biological Chemistry, Joint Professor, Biochemistry and Cancer Biology

University of Toledo

B.A. Chemistry 1969, and Ph.D. Medicinal Chemistry 1974, University of Minnesota; Post-doctoral Research Associate 1974-1975, University of Texas at Austin.

Research interests: small molecular translation research; cancer drug and diagnostic discovery and development; ADME emphasizing drug metabolism; synthetic medicinal chemistry and hit follow up.

Member of the mentoring faculty for the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (Cancer Biology Track)


Prof. Anna Tsantili-Kakoulidou

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Athens


Anna Tsantili-Kakoulidou was born in Athens, Greece. She graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Athens in 1970 and earned her PhD in the same Faculty in 1976. She completed postdoctoral research in Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationships (QSAR) at the Department of Pharmacochemistry, Free University of Amsterdam in 1983. She was visiting scientist at the Institut de Chimie Thérapeutique, Ecole de Pharmacie, Universite de Lausanne,Switzerland, April-June 1985, June 1987, May-June 1989, July 1994 and at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Leeds, Great Britain, June 1990. She followed an academic career at the Faculty of Pharmacy in the University of Athens, where now she is Associate Professor. Her research topics focus in Quantitative Structure -Activity /Property Relationships and Multivariate Data Analysis, Investigation of Lipophilicity and other physicochemical properties relevant to biological activity, IAM Chromatography, Enzyme Inhibition, Antioxidant activity. She has published about 80 original papers and review articles. During the years 1994-96 she collaborated with CompuDrug as the Greek Coordinator in the frame of a bilateral research program between Greece and Hungary. From 2001 she is President of the Hellenic Society of Medicinal Chemistry (HSMC) and from 2006 Delegate in the EFMC Council.


Prof. Emilio Benfenati

Head of the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology at the Mario Negri Institute, Milan


Emilio Benfenati is working in predictive toxicology, environmental toxicology and environmental analysis. He coordinates/coordinated a dozen of international projects and participates/participated to more 25 EC funded projects. He is author or co-author of about 200 articles in international journals and books. He received his diploma in Chemistry at the University of Milan. He obtained a post-doc diploma at “Mario Negri” Institute. He worked in Stanford and Berkeley, California, on biochemical research.

His main research areas include: Computer-based models for chemistry and toxicology; Molecular descriptors; QSAR; Toxicity prediction; Metabolism studies; Characterization and assessment of wastes, industrial effluents, emissions from landfill and incinerator; Integration of chemical analysis and ecotoxicological data; Chemical analysis of organic compounds by mass spectrometry (pesticides, dioxins, PCB, PAH, endocrine disruptors, other pollutants, drugs, endogenous compounds).


Prof. David Lewis

Professor, University of Surrey

After graduating in Chemistry at the University of Bath, David Lewis gained an MSc in Spectroscopy and, subsequently, a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from the University of Surrey. He remained at Surrey as a Research Fellow, working with Professor Dennis Parke on the cytochromes P450 and, in 2003, was made Professor of Structural Biology, also receiving a DSc from the University of Bath the same year. David Lewis is the author of two books on P450, and has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His main interest lies in the molecular modelling of human P450-substrate interactions.