About Me

I am a computational scientist using a combination of physics-informed and data-driven techniques to solve challenging problems in biology and chemistry. I am currently a PhD Candidate in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, where I am part of the Patel Group at the Penn Institute for Computational Science.


Research

My graduate research centers on characterizing the role of hydration in the conformational transitions of proteins, peptides, and polymers through the use of specialized molecular simulation approaches. This has myriad applications ranging from plastic separation to drug discovery. My research leverages the power of massively parallel computer simulations, enhanced sampling techniques, and statistical mechanics to answer challenging questions. A large part of my work involves writing scientific software to generate and analyze large volumes of data. I have used this as an opportunity to learn and apply several software engineering best practices.


Entrepreneurship and Consulting

One of my long-term goals is to use my scientific expertise and problem-solving skills to help translate innovations from the lab to the market. I am involved in an early-stage entrepreneurial venture to commercialize technology developed in my research group at Penn. As a part of this engagement, I participated in Penn I-corps (an NSF Mid-Atlantic Regional I-corps program), in which we performed customer discovery to determine customer needs and pain points, and used this information to refine our value propositions. I am also working on pro-bono consulting engagements with clients in the healthcare industry through the Penn Biotech Group to gain experience in solving diverse business problems in the healthcare space.


Educational Background

Prior to joining the PhD program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Penn, I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Gandhinagar in 2019, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science and Engineering.

As an undergraduate, I worked in computational research labs at Caltech, JAIST, and IIT Gandhinagar on interdisciplinary problems in applied physics, materials science, chemistry, and computer science. I was also a competitive programmer, and was selected to represent IIT Gandhinagar at the ACM-ICPC Regionals in 2017.