Ivan F Jayapurna

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About Me

PhD Candidate @ UC Berkeley.

I'm currently working towards solving our global plastic waste problem by researching & developing truly biodegradable plastics. I aspire to be an applied scientist who can write code to do unsupervised learning & high-throughput robotics, as well as make cool biomaterials in lab with my own two hands.

I've called Bangkok, Shanghai, Indonesia, Berkeley and San Francisco home.

I like building cool things with code and science & am always down for a new adventure.

I've spent way too much of my life following Chelsea Football Club.

I don't do much social media but I write stuff on Medium sometimes. I also record a weekly podcast with my friends Wing & Andrei. We talk about life, philosophy, science, technology, venture capital and whatever else tickles our fancy. Check us out on Spotify!


Some highlights from my CV.


PhD in Applied Science & Technology

2019 - Present

University of California, Berkeley

Research and coursework focus in soft and biological materials science & engineering, bioinformatics, and applied machine learning.

B.A. in Computer Science

2015 - 2019

University of California, Berkeley

Coursework in data structures, computer architecture, efficient algorithms and intractable problems, machine learning, computer graphics, computational photography, and computer vision.

B.S. in Chemical Engineering

2015 - 2019

University of California, Berkeley

Coursework in thermodynamics, transport, separations, kinetics and reaction engineering, dynamics and control of chemical systems, engineering molecules, and chemical process design.

Professional Experience

Data Scientist & Software Engineer


Visolis, Berkeley, CA

  • Built a synthesis map (database) of biological and chemical reaction pathways. Including both published and novel, computationally predicted reactions, as well as economic/cost traversal heuristics.

Teaching Experience

Polymeric Materials (MSE 151) GSI

Spring 2020

University of California, Berkeley

  • Taught polymer chemistry & physics to 60 undergraduate students
  • Designed course materials: presentation slides, homework, group project materials & exams


Check out some of my stuff!

  • All
  • Science
  • Blog
  • Podcasts
  • Art/Graphics

Truly Biodegradable Plastics

ABC News Article

Evaluating eUniRep and other protein feature representations for in silico directed evolution

Authorea Preprint

Doing a cross-domain PhD at UC Berkeley

YouTube Vid

Life is about stories (DBaS #1)


We taught a computer how to say “Go Bears!” then oil painted it

Medium Article & Mixed Media ML-inspired Art

“So what made you want to do a PhD?”

Medium Article

A (super unofficial) Travel Guide for Thailand

Medium Article

Advice on changing majors from Chemical Engineering to Computer Science

Medium Article

Senior Reflections on Berkeley

Medium Article

Artistic Style Transfer for Images and Videos

Machine Learning Art

Face Morphing

Computational Photography

Rigid Body Simulator

Computer Graphics