Venkata "Ravi" Yelleswarapu

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As a fourth year Bioengineering PhD candidate at University of Pennsylvania in the Issadore Lab, I work at the interface of biomedical and electrical engineering to fabricate microfluidic devices for point of care diagnostics. My goal is to invent microchip-based tools that enable accessibility to medical diagnostics in resource poor settings. I build microchip devices that eliminate the need for a complete lab facility, and instead combine optofluidics with microelectronics to transform specialized lab tests into practical, inexpensive procedures in remote areas and small clinics. I was fortunate enough to receive a Microsoft PhD Fellowship, and our work is currently being spunoff into a startup Chip Diagnostics funded by IP Group. I am also interested in the business end of scientific translation and am actively involved in Penn's Center for Innovation and was a part of the Silicon Valley Bank Trek 2017.

Check out my News Highlights to catch up with publications, presentations, awards, and other milestones in my career. The Work Experience section displays the extensive opportunities I have immersed myself in ever since I was a junior in high school. In addition to my professional life, I have outside interests listed under Personal Interests from tech transfer, running, learning music, biotech venture capital, etc. Some of my personal interests evolved a lot in my third/fourth year and have decided to start several blogs sharing my thoughts on topics outside of science since I try to be an early adopter of new tech. 

If you have any questions or need clarifications, feel free to contact me.

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me!

Recent News  (Last Updated: 2/10/18)

February 10, 2018

Went to Final Fantasy Distant Worlds last month with composers Nobuo Uematsu/Yoko Shimomura in attendance! Got inspired, played Somnus on Piano and Piano+Violin (hiding this lol)

January 8, 2018

Won best talk and best poster at Bioengineering Annual Symposium!

January 5, 2018

Traveled to London, Paris, and Belgium over winter break! New Travel blog post accordingly. 

December 22, 2017

IEEE Proceedings on multicolor droplet detection was just published! And more crypto/investing thoughts while I wait at the airport. 

November 27, 2017

Finished my first marathon and explored Hong Kong over Thanksgiving! Another unnecessarily long blog post on the trip

September 28, 2017

Accepted as a Finalist for the IEEE HI-POCT Student Award Competition.

September 1, 2017

Submitted a 4-page contribution to IEEE HI-POCT Conference- fingers crossed!

August 31, 2017

Signed up for my first marathon! Had to Uber back after mi 16 today, so let's see hope I improve in 2.5 mo for the Philly Marathon!

July 27, 2017

Achieved a life goal - won first place at South House Quizzo! (barely contributed, but still)

July 25-26, 2017

Presented my droplet work at the Microfluidics Congress Conference, and won the Microfluidics poster contest!

July 17, 2017

Got interested into cryptocurrency but realized I don't really know anything about it... writing my experiences with the emerging tech in Medium.

June 15, 2017

Had an amazing time at the Gordon Conference and travelling Italy! Decided to write a blog to remember this great experience.

May 22, 2017

Heading out to Italy for the Gordon Conference Microfluidics in Lucca, Tuscany!

April 24, 2017

Finished thesis proposal!

April 21, 2017

Learned Circle of Life on Piano! (2y2mo progress of teaching myself piano) 

March 29, 2017

Won first place at Penn iTalks and got the $500 Judge's Favorite Award! Check out my talk here.

March 15, 2017

Heading out in the blizzard to give a talk on my latest work at SelectBio's Bioengineering 2017 Conference in Boston!

March 1, 2017

Chip Diagnostics, a company spun out of our lab, has received a second round of funding from the IP Group!

February 21, 2017

It's been two years since I began teaching myself piano and I somehow haven't quit! Check out my "progress" (I hope) if you are interested.

February 14, 2017

Our paper on ultra-high throughput droplet detection on a cell phone based system was published on Lab on a Chip!

January 3-7, 2017

Had an amazing time at San Francisco participating in the SVBTrek - a four day event hosted by Silicon Valley Bank where we met VCs, partners, entrepreneurs and the great minds driving change in the startup world.

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