Dr Jason Cole has a BSc in chemistry from the University of Bristol and a PhD in small molecule crystallography from the University of Durham. His research at Durham focused on CSD studies of the effects of symmetry on packing and space group selection, but he also wrote software for controlling diffractometers and in the area of structural analysis of potential organic non-linear optical compounds. He joined the CCDC in 1994 on completion of his PhD, and has been central to the CCDC's software development since then. In his early years at the CCDC, Jason was the lead developer on their Isostar library of intermolecular interactions; a product now well established in the CCDC's portfolio. He also worked on a tool to use Isostar for probing interaction sites in protein structures (SuperStar). He went on to design the initial prototype of the CCDC's knowledge base of intramolecular data, MOGUL.
For many years, Jason was the lead developer for the CCDC's docking program, GOLD. He improved the performance of the initial system and developed many additional features, including an API to allow for support of multiple scoring functions and methods for applying a variety of constraints during docking - now central to the use of GOLD in virtual screening. Jason has also contributed to the development of other life science-oriented tools including CSD-CrossMiner.
Having then had a 6 year period in top level management overseeing scientific and technical development at CCDC, Jason has now stepped into a more research-focussed role and as the Senior Research Fellow is responsible for collaborative efforts to develop innovative new methods that take advantage of the wealth of structural data available for scientific benefit.
Orcid ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-0291-6317