ChEMBL: Exploring bioactive drug-like molecules


This course will show you the content and search facilities for the ChEMBL database. ChEMBL is a database of bioactive drug-like molecules, and contains 2D structures, calculated properties and associated bioactivities.

Some basic understanding of activity endpoints and chemical structures would be useful, but not essential.

About this course

Louisa Bellis
Learning objectives: 
  • Evaluate what ChEMBL is and where the data comes from;
  • Know how to access ChEMBL and navigate the interface;
  • Search ChEMBL using keywords, FASTA sequences and chemical structures;
  • Be able to find and download the data you require from the interface;
  • Know how to access ChEMBL programmatically.