Venkata "Ravi" Yelleswarapu

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Welcome!

As a third year PhD candidate at University of Pennsylvania in the Issadore Lab, I am currently working on fabricating 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 funded by IP Group


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 many outside interests listed under Personal Interests.


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Recent News     (Last Updated: 7/17/17)

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.


November 19, 2016

Finished my first half marathon! 


October 8, 2016

Giving a talk and a poster presentation at BMES 2016 in Minneapolis!


September 28, 2016

Selected for the Silicon Valley Bank Trek 2017 in San Francisco.  



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