Venkata "Ravi" Yelleswarapu

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  • Graduated from Penn Bioengineering PhD program!
    Graduated from Penn Bioengineering PhD program!
  • Case competition team! First time solving a case, but learned a lot about business perspective
    Case competition team! First time solving a case, but learned a lot about business perspective
  • Finishing the Love Run Half Marathon with a new PR! One of the proudest moments of my life
    Finishing the Love Run Half Marathon with a new PR! One of the proudest moments of my life
  • My PhD Thesis on point of care ultra-sensitive diagnostics on a cell phone!
    My PhD Thesis on point of care ultra-sensitive diagnostics on a cell phone!
  • Taught myself piano to play EXTREMELY nerdy music lol
    Taught myself piano to play EXTREMELY nerdy music lol
  • My favorite spot in Hong Kong - Lion Rock. Just began traveling recently and love it!
    My favorite spot in Hong Kong - Lion Rock. Just began traveling recently and love it!
  • Got to present to Redmond HQ on my work after receiving the Microsoft PhD Fellowship
    Got to present to Redmond HQ on my work after receiving the Microsoft PhD Fellowship
Graduated from Penn Bioengineering PhD program!
Graduated from Penn Bioengineering PhD program!

I love learning anything that makes me think. This started as a thirst for knowledge about science and how the world works as a kid. I delved into fantasy worlds through books (LotR, Shingeki no Kyojin) and video games (Zelda, Terranigma) that shaped my imagination / creativity and try to imagine what the world COULD be like rather than how it is. Eventually, I found music and going on long runs watching the sunrise to be one of the most rewarding activities in my life. I remind myself to keep this curiosity and fasciation I had for the world as a kid no matter what I ended up doing in my career. Rather than being defined by my work or career path, I hope to always keep moving forward as I pick up new interests and passions!

I am currently working at McKinsey in the Pharma & Medical Products and Private Equity practices. I focus primarily on Due Diligence, R&D, and Strategy in these areas (COVID, Oncology, Rare Disease, Diagnostics) to bring my scientific background into the financial world. During my PhD in Bioengineering at Penn, I was interested in many topics ranging from: intersection of science R&D and commercialization; understanding how tech advances are implemented into society at large; the future of tech including personalized medicine, big data, AI/machine learning, crypto implementation, and understanding complicated logistics to make change possible.  

As a Bioengineering PhD at University of Pennsylvania in the Issadore Lab, I worked at the interface of biomedical and electrical engineering to fabricate microfluidic devices for point of care diagnostics. My goal was to invent microchip-based tools that enable accessibility to medical diagnostics in resource poor settings. I built 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, cooking, 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. 

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Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me!

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Recent News  (Last Updated: 2/19/21)

February 19, 2021

Finally picked up a music theory course to learn fundamentals... also recorded an attempt at one of my favorite pieces from Attack on Titan

December 24, 2020

Wow... year flew by and barely did anything due to quarantine. Finally dusted off my keyboard after some inspiration from the final season of SnK for my attempt on Red Swan. Hoping to practice more next year or atleast make more progress on hobbies in general

February 16, 2020

Spontaneously booked tickets to Barcelona for a week long trip. Luckily the vacation worked out with work, but it was fast-paced. Blog on Spain trip.. now back to Boston cold.

November 10, 2019

Erwin's speech/charge was really inspiring - loved the theme during the scene from Attack on Titan. My take at the piece but so little time to practice from travel/work :(

August 20, 2019

Recently marathoned Isayama's Shingeki no Kyojin and Urasawa's Monster mangas. Suddenly felt inspired to draw lol - never realized how much detail there was in objects until I started.

June 16, 2019

Graduated from Penn and moving back to Boston to join McKinsey! Grateful for the amazing friends/mentors I met during my time that have helped me grow - so sad to leave. 

April 25, 2019

Done with PhD thesis defense! 

April 2, 2019

Wanted to run a sub 3:30 marathon before my defense. Ran a self-timed one and almost had it but crashed at end womp womp. Still proud of beating my PR by 35 min from the first marathon!

March 22, 2019

Celebrating my PI Dave's tenure! Lab has grown a lot since we first started.

February 25, 2019

Decided to start cooking more and will be starting a Food Blog. Just a bunch of pics for now, but will one day add recipes and learn how to take pics for blogs!

February 14, 2019

Our manuscript "Mobile Platform for Rapid Sub pg/mL, Multiplexed, Digital Droplet Detection of Proteins" has been published in PNAS!!!!

December 23, 2018

Finally starting to pursue one of my childhood dreams of creating video games! Beginning by learning Unity framework and ROM hacks to understand basics - really excited!

December 16, 2018

Presented my work at the MNM2018 conference in Hawaii, and won best poster award. More importantly - Kauai was amazing! Blog on mini-adventure there and short video (still learning!)

November 17, 2018

Had an amazing time in Taiwan! Wrote a blog about it and decided to try making a video of the experience; must invest in a GoPro next time...

November 5, 2018

Heading out to Taiwan for Microtas 2018! Giving two talks, and participating in the Shark Tank - curious to see differences in Asian microfluidic industry/research. 

October 21, 2018

After much consideration, excited to join McKinsey Boston next year! Looking forward to learn a completely new skill set for my career goals.

August 12, 2018

Presented my work and received a distinguished poster award at the Liquid Biopsy Gordon Conference at Mt. Holyoke!

July 22, 2018

The EMBL conference was great, and Germany was amazing! Wrote a blog about my adventures during my time there!

July 6, 2018

Heading out to Heidelberg, Germany to present at EMBL Microfluidics 2018! First time in Germany - excited!!

June 8, 2018

Heading out to Chicago for McKinsey's Insight 2018 STEM + Healthcare!

April 12, 2018

Completed the annual dissertation committee meeting! Next step: PhD thesis defense!  

March 30, 2018

Presenting digital ELISA results at NEBEC conference, and learned a lot at my first case competition at PGCC

March 25, 2018

A busy weekend! New PR on the Love Run Half Marathon with 7:17 min/mi pace (life goal achieved!); ~3 years of piano and the Halo Theme; and building a functional Opioid Overdose alert system at the Rothberg Catalyzer!

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. Also thought the Westworld cover of Runaway during the Superbowl was amazing, so tried playing it!

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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