Aaron Virshup is a Principal Research Scientist in the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter group at Autodesk. His research focuses on molecular design and chemical space exploration and optimization.
Before joining Autodesk, Aaron was a postdoc at Duke University in the Theoretical Chemistry groups. There, he worked with Drs. Weitao Yang and David Beratan to develop methods for chemical library design, including ACSESS (Algorithm for Chemical Space Exploration with Stochastic Search), and used these techniques to address applications ranging from drug discovery to energy transfer. While at Duke, he also developed a quantum theory of molecular pathways for Dexter-type energy transfer.
Before that, Aaron received his PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois, where he worked with Dr. Todd Martínez to develop methods for simulating and analyzing light-activated chemical dynamics using mixed classical/quantum (QM/MM) models.
Outside of work, Aaron’s two kids do their best to keep him busy. Whenever there's time left over, he also enjoys skiing and hiking in the mountains, exploring Bay Area food, and overly complicated cooking projects.
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