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Hey! My name is Aaron—I'm an undergraduate at UMass Amherst studying computer science and mathematics. So far, I have dabbled in areas of machine learning, cryptography, complexity theory, and computational chemistry; I especially enjoy working on theoretical questions that interface closely with practical problems.

I currently work as an intern at AbbVie, a pharmaceutical company based in Chicago, IL. This year, I'm developing a number of machine learning-based tools for drug discovery and safety assessment. I'm particularly excited about AnimalGAN, a generative model I helped to implement in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The model generates synthetic animal study data and aims to reduce the need for animal testing in the drug discovery pipeline.

In my spare time, I enjoy collecting panda pictures, playing the piano, and making coffee. I was formerly a barista at Fuel America, a specialty coffee shop based in Worcester, MA, where I served espresso drinks and poured latte art.

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact me! Email: atian [at] umass.edu