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Ron Dror, professor and computer science, appointed the next Cheriton Family Professor in the School of Engineering

Dr. Ron Dror, professor of computer science: he has been appointed the next Cheriton Family Professor in the School of Engineering. Ron, who joined the Stanford faculty in 2014, is a faculty fellow of Sarafan ChEM-H, and affiliated with the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL), Bio-X, the Biophysics and Biomedical Informatics Programs, and the departments of Structural Biology and of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. He holds a joint appointment to the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering at Stanford University (ICME) and is a major contributor to its ongoing success. His research uses molecular simulation and machine learning to elucidate biomolecular structure, dynamics, and function, and to guide the development of more effective medicines. While most of his work is computational, he collaborates extensively with experimentalists in both academia and industry. Ron’s work has earned him numerous awards and honors, including two Gordon Bell Prizes and several Best Paper awards. In 2010, his work was highlighted by Science as a top-10 breakthrough of the year. The Cheriton Family Professorships were established in 2016 with an endowed gift from Professor Emeritus David Cheriton. Ron joins current holder Mendel Rosenblum and holder emeritus Carl Wieman (2016-2023).

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