Srivamshi Pittala

I am a 5th year PhD candidate in Computer Science at Dartmouth College. My current research with Prof. Chris Bailey-Kellogg lies at the intersection of machine learning and immunology. Particularly, I am interested in building data-driven computational models that aid in understanding how our bodies respond to pathogens (like flu, HIV etc.), which in turn can help in designing vaccines and therapeutics.

Before joining the PhD program, I was part of the Visual Learning Group at Dartmouth, where I completed my MS in Computer Science under the supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Torresani. Prior to starting my graduate studies, I obtained my bachelor's degree in Information Technology from Indian Institute of Information Technology, Gwalior, India.

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Research

Antibody Fab-Fc Properties Outperform Titer in Predictive Models of SIV Vaccine-Induced Protection
S Pittala, K Bagley, JA Schwartz, EP Brown, JA Weiner, IJ Prado, W Zhang, R Xu, A Ota-Setlik, R Pal, X Shen, C Beck, G Ferrari, GK Lewis, CC LaBranche, DC Montefiori, GD Tomaras, G Alter, M Roederer, TR Fouts, ME Ackerman, C Bailey-Kellogg.
Molecular Systems Biology, 2019 | DOI: 10.15252/msb.20188747 | Project code
Systems Serology for Decoding Infection and Vaccine-Induced Antibody Responses to HIV-1
S Pittala, KS Morrison, ME Ackerman.
Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS, 2019 | DOI: 10.1097/COH.0000000000000558
Route of Immunization Defines Multiple Mechanisms of Vaccine-mediated Protection Against SIV
ME Ackerman, J Das#, S Pittala#, T Broge, C Linde, TJ Suscovich, EP Brown, T Bradley, H Natarajan, S Lin, JK Sassic, S O’Keefe, N Mehta, D Goodman, M Sips, JA Weiner, GD Tomaras, BF Haynes, DA Lauffenburger, C Bailey-Kellogg, M Roederer, G Alter (# indicates equal contribution).
Nature Medicine, 2018 | DOI: 10.1038/s41591-018-0161-0 | Project code
Mixture of Antibody Experts for Predicting Antibody-Antigen Binding Affinity from Antigen Sequence
S Pittala, C Bailey-Kellogg.
NIPS Workshop on Machine Learning in Computational Biology, 2017 | DOI: 10.1101/511360 | Poster
Pentavalent HIV-1 Vaccine Protects against Simian-Human Immunodeficiency Virus Challenge
T Bradley, J Pollara, S Santra, N Vandergrift, S Pittala, C Bailey-Kellogg, X Shen, R Parks, D Goodman, A Eaton, H Balachandran, LV Mach, KO Saunders, JA Weiner, R Scearce, LL Sutherland, S Phogat, J Tartaglia, SG Reed, S Hu, JF Theis, A Pinter, DC Montefiori, TB Kepler, KK Peachman, M Rao, NL Michael, TJ Suscovich, G Alter, ME Ackerman, MA Moody, H Liao, G Tomaras, G Ferrari, BT Korber, BF Haynes.
Nature Communications, 2017 | DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15711 | Project code | In Media: EurekAlert!, newswise, International Business Times
A 3D Stability Analysis of Lee Harvey Oswald in the Backyard Photo
S Pittala, E Whiting, and H Farid.
Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law, 2015 | DOI: 10.15394/jdfsl.2015.1206 | In Media: USA Today, Daily Mail, BBC Radio
Feature Learning with Spatial Sum-Product Networks for Large-Scale Image Classification
S Pittala, L Torresani.
Dartmouth Computer Science Technical Report, 2014

Personal

I am from Hyderabad, a city in the southern part of India. I spent 16 wonderful years there before traveling up north to Gwalior for college. Currently, in Hanover, I am sampling the New England experience. When I am not coding up scripts for research, I try to spend time not staring at flat screens by...
  • Cooking, particularly the Indian cuisine.
  • Clicking pictures (check out a sample on flickr).
  • Hiking, in the White Mountains, and occasionally snowboarding in the winters.
  • Reading comics and playing board games.