About: Joel Roca was born in Mequinenza in 1995, a very small village northeast of Spain. He studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology at the University Rovira i Virgili (URV; Tarragona, Spain) and quickly found out that bioinformatics was his preferred field. He collaborated for almost two years with the Cheminformatics and Nutrition Research Group at the URV, learning about drug discovery using virtual screening methods. Then he moved to Barcelona to study an MSc in Bioinformatics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and developed his master thesis in The Chemogenomics Research Group (University of Strasbourg; France) working with molecular dynamic simulations. Then he came back to Spain and started working as bioinformatician in ProtoQSAR, a cheminformatics company in Valencia. There, he developed an application to perform fast property predictions over chemical structures, based on QSAR modeling and using machine learning tools.


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