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Abbas-Ali Heydari

Institution/Organization: University of California, Merced

Department: Applied Mathematics

Academic Status: Graduate Student

What conference theme areas are you interested in (check all that apply):

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for science and engineering;
Data assimilation, challenges in data science, math of AI and ML;
High-order methods, novel discretizations, and scalable solvers;
Multiscale, Multiphysics, and multilevel methods

Interests:

I am very interested in modeling diseases and treatment outcomes using techniques from deep learning, efficient scientific computing, and bioinformatics. The first part of my Ph.D. research focused on studying protein aggregation, which can improve designing drugs for protein-related diseases. We developed a 3D level-set-based modeling framework for simulating Prion aggregation in yeast cells, which can efficiently solve large-scale diffusion-reaction models using adaptive meshing and parallel computing on CPUs. The next aim of my research is to use deep generative learning models to generate realistic synthetic in-silico data at a single-cell scale. This aspect of my work will improve treatment prediction models, leading to lower experimental costs and fewer clinical trials.As an underrepresented minority, I understand the need for diversifying STEM; and I believe that must start at a young age. For this reason, I have been a part of the UC Davis Math Partnership with Communities and Teachers (M-PACT) program, where faculty, graduate students, and connect with underprivileged middle schoolers. As a part M-PACT, I ran hands-on, thought-provoking math activities at the Smythe Academy, a junior high school in the Twin Rivers School District in Sacramento. The program’s goal is to make extracurricular math accessible to school students from underprivileged backgrounds and diversify the mathematical community, which aligns perfectly with my ideals. However, middle school and high school should not be the end of our efforts. I also believe that we must guide first-generation/underrepresented students to succeed in college to find suitable careers. As a small part of this effort, I have had the pleasure of mentoring two underrepresented undergraduate students from UC Merced (through W-STEM), helping them navigate college as minorities in STEM fields.

Non-Work Related Activities/Interests: 

As an underrepresented minority, I understand the need for diversifying STEM; and I believe that must start at a young age. For this reason, I have been a part of the UC Davis Math Partnership with Communities and Teachers (M-PACT) program, where faculty, graduate students, and connect with underprivileged middle schoolers. As a part M-PACT, I ran hands-on, thought-provoking math activities at the Smythe Academy, a junior high school in the Twin Rivers School District in Sacramento. The program’s goal is to make extracurricular math accessible to school students from underprivileged backgrounds and diversify the mathematical community, which aligns perfectly with my ideals. However, middle school and high school should not be the end of our efforts. I also believe that we must guide first-generation/underrepresented students to succeed in college to find suitable careers. As a small part of this effort, I have had the pleasure of mentoring two underrepresented undergraduate students from UC Merced (through W-STEM), helping them navigate college as minorities in STEM fields.