This project will focus on the development of a powerful new approach for the discovery of bioactive small
molecules via cell-based phenotypic screening. DNA-encoded one bead one compound libraries built on small
beads will be complexed with cells and suspended in solution. A photolabile linker will be cleaved, exposing
the cells briefly to a high local concentration of the compound on the bead to which they are attached. The cells
will be engineered to report a phenotype of interest through the increase of a fluorescent signal. Beads carrying
positive cells will be isolated by FACS and the encoding tags sequenced, revealing the structures of the hits.
Since we will use libraries of molecules capable of linking to targets covalently, the identification of the target
will be simplified greatly. This system will be used to discover novel new chemotherapy agents.