Advisor announcement: Noelia Ferruz, PhD

Basecamp Research
2 min readSep 21, 2022

Basecamp Research is extremely excited to introduce our new protein Machine Learning advisor: Noelia Ferruz, PhD.

Image by Noelia Ferruz

If you’ve been following deep learning in protein design at all, then Noelia really doesn’t need an introduction, but she’s probably best known for being the first author of the ProtGPT2 paper that was recently published in Nature. Noelia and her co-authors show the revolutionary impact language-based models can have in the protein design space.

Noelia has been appointed as a tenure-track group leader at the Institute of Molecular Biology of Barcelona (IBMB). She is a Beatriu de Pinós fellow at the Universitat de Girona. She spent the past 6 years working on finding evolutionary relationships among proteins in prof Birte Höcker’s group at Bayreuth. Noelia is Spanish, and completed her PhD at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, analysing high-throughput molecular dynamics data with machine learning techniques to solve problems in drug discovery. As part of her thesis, she worked with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Boehringer Ingelheim and Pfizer, Inc. She has worked for both startups and large pharmaceutical companies in the drug design space, with an impressive number of first author publications. She lives with her partner and their first child in Girona.

At Basecamp Research, we use graph- and machine learning models on our proprietary dataset of naturally occurring biodiversity to discover and design entirely new proteins by function. We are very impressed with the impact that Noelia’s work has already had on how we operate, and we can’t wait to see what we can do together in the future. If you want to work on using language-based models in protein design, with the most exciting dataset on the planet — we’re hiring.

Welcome to the team, Noelia!