Dr. MacCuish received her B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of Chicago. She received her M.S. and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in the field of Theoretical Physical Chemistry. Her educational training included experimental and theoretical work in the areas of ultrafast laser spectroscopy, spectroscopic simulation of fluids and synthetic organic chemistry and biochemistry.
After graduating from Cornell Norah did her post-doctoral work at Parke-Davis Pharmaceuticals, a division of the Warner-Lambert Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a post-doc in the Biomolecular Structure and Drug Design group, Norah worked in such areas as Diversity Assessment for compound acquisitions and structural diversity analysis of compound leads from HTS (High Throughput Screening). After finishing her post-doctoral studies, Norah took a Scientist position with the Computational Chemistry Group at Smith Kline Beecham in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. While at SmithKline Norah was inolved with therapeutic project teams, combinatorial library design and data integration projects. She received a Smith Kline Bronze Impact Award for her collaborative work involving a Smith Kline Pharmaceutical Partnership. Norah left Smith Kline to further her career in cheminformatics by joining Daylight Chemical Information Systems in 1997 as a Chemical Information Systems specialist.
While at Daylight Norah gained expertise in Chemical Information systems representation and querying tools and also object-relational database systems. She lead sessions at Daylight's User group meetings, taught training sessions for new customers to the Daylight systems, developed enhancements and new products in the areas of web based chemical tools and object-relational technology. Norah also supported and lead several research collaborations with various pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies who were either partners or customers of Daylight, CIS. Norah has several publications and has made scientific presentations in the areas of Fluid Simulations, Chemical Diversity Analysis, Object-relational Database systems, and Chemical Cluster Analysis. She was the Principal Investigator for the two Phase I NSF SBIR grants as well as a Phase II NSF SBIR titled 'Cheminformatics Teaching Tools for the Cheminformatics Virtual Classroom', Grant No. 0450457.
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