Venkata "Ravi" Yelleswarapu

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  • 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

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. 


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Recent News  (Last Updated: 11/17/18)

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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