Abraham Heifets @ University of Toronto

Rushing in where angels fear to tread since 2008


Abraham Heifets holds a PhD from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he was a member of the Ontario Cancer Institute, University Health Network of research hospitals, MaRS, Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, and the IBM Life Sciences Discovery Centre. He was supervised by Prof. Igor Jurisica. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Cornell University.

Currently, Abraham investigates new approaches to molecular prediction. Previously, he applied classical artificial intelligence techniques to organic synthesis planning. Prior to attending the University of Toronto, he explored high-performance processing of XML at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. Previously, he worked on a world champion robotic soccer team, a publish-subscribe system for location-based services, and single-agent search algorithms.


  • SCRIPDB - Patent-oriented molecule search. Full paper in Nucleic Acids Research.
  • LigAlign - Automated Ligand-Based Active Site Alignment. Poster presented at ISMB2008. Full paper in Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling.




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    Ontario Cancer Institute
    Division of Signaling Biology
    IBM Life Sciences Discovery Centre
    Toronto Medical Discovery Tower, 9-303
    101 College Street Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7
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    Abraham Heifets c/o Soleil Miron
    Toronto Medical Discovery Tower, 9-801
    101 College Street Toronto, Ontario M5G 1L7