Hi, I’m Rishal

I’m a PhD student at CMU-Pitt Computational Biology.

About Me


Hi, I’m Rishal a PhD student in the Joint CMU-Pitt Computational Biology program. I am advised by Dr. David Koes at the University of Pittsburgh. I work in the interesction of Machine Learning, Structural Biology and Drug Design. My main motivation to pursue this field is to translate machine learning methods to applications with real world impact. I also love the interdisciplinary nature of computational structural biology as it borrows concepts from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and computer science. I have listed below some of the topics on which I am currently developing my projects.

  • Virtual screening for drug discovery
  • Generative models for molecule design
  • Connections between machine learning and statistical mechanics
  • Enhanced sampling for molecular dynamics

I graduated with a Bachelor in Pharmacy from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences (BITS), Pilani and obtained a Masters degree in bioinformatics from the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIITH).

In my free time I go climbing, binge shows and play guitar. I’m also a follower of F1 and football.


Please feel free to contact me for potential collaborations or discussions on my research or for general conversations on the state of machine learning in drug design.

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