I’m a chemistry professor who writes software to design molecules that I hope will make the world a better place. I’ve been programming since I was 12, I have written code in a lot of programming languages including Basic, X86 assembler, Pascal, Prolog, Fortran, Smalltalk, TCL, PHP, Python, C, C++ and Common Lisp. More on this later.
I run a research group in the Chemistry Department at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. We have developed a way to make the largest, most complex and most “programmable” molecules outside of biology. We call them “spiroligomers”, they are large, shape-programmable and functional group programmable molecules that let us construct molecules that bind proteins as therapeutics and accelerate chemical reactions the way that enzymes do. The goal is to create molecules that can do everything that proteins can do in nature but be designable and evolvable by human beings. More on this later.