About me

I am a PhD student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where I'm advised by Dr. Amish Patel. I am part of the Penn Institute for Computational Science and the Penn Center for Soft and Living Matter. I conduct research at the interface of biology, chemistry, and computational science. Apart from graduate research, I'm also interested in solving problems at the intersection of healthcare and business, and am gaining practical experience in this area by working on pro-bono consulting projects at PBG Healthcare Consulting.

My graduate research is focused around studying how water modulates protein structure, stability, and interactions using a variety of computational tools. I'm also developing models to characterize the effects of solvation on polymer conformation. (For more details, check out my research page.) I routinely run large simulations on massively parallel clusters (a.k.a. "supercomputers") and write efficient code to analyse the several hundreds of gigabytes of data that these simulations generate. I also keep up to date with developments in machine learning (specifically, ML applications in chemistry), with the aim of applying state of art techniques to my research.

Prior to starting graduate school, I worked in computational research labs at Caltech, JAIST, and IIT Gandhinagar on a variety of interdisciplinary problems in applied physics, materials science, chemistry, and computer science. I used computational tools and developed algorithms and frameworks - and in one instance, assembled parallel computing hardware - to solve these problems. I was also a competitive programmer, and participated in the ACM-ICPC India Regionals in 2017.

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Getting in touch

Email is the best way to get in touch with me. You can reach me at apallath@seas.upenn.edu.