Y. Dai, Ph.D.

Dr. Dai, our Senior Chemist on the ChemIDplus Team, has had a stellar background as an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Beijing University, a biomedical researcher, and an author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a specialist in scientific biomedical databases and is highly qualified in the use of ISIS/Base, Accelyrs Draw, STN, and Brillstein programs for chemical database development.

His past work with Cygnus has included providing high-level subject matter expertise for the research and development of a scientific database to support the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Division of AIDS, as well as literature review, quality assurance, and data collection related to chemical structures for addition to the HIV/AIDS database.

In his current role as Senior Chemist, Dr. Dai provides exceptional chemical subject matter expertise to support the National Library of Medicine (NLM) ChemIDplus project entitled “Chemical Structure and Data Support and Maintenance for NLM/Specialized Information Services (SIS) Web Applications.” This includes contributing valuable, up-to-date knowledge of drug development research; in-depth pharmacological, toxicological, and biological knowledge; a strong understanding of assays; and knowledge shared from his solid research background. He performs critical tasks related to database quality control, chemical structure and analysis, structure resolution trouble shooting, data collection and entry, and collection of new content.

Dr. Dai has extensive experience in the areas of development and implementation of chemical databases, scientific data location, and appropriate evaluation of scientific and chemical structure information from databases and libraries.

A native Mandarin speaker who received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Beijing University, his postdoctoral research was related to the development of anti-cancer drugs. He is currently training Chemists on chemical structure drawing and mentoring Cygnus scientific staff.

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