My goal is to invent microchip-based tools that enable accessibility to medical diagnostics in resource poor settings. Inspired by the success of cell phones in resource limited settings, I am building hybrid microfluidic-electronic systems that embed and automate complex processes into a chip that requires minimal user expertise. Having been born and raised during my childhood in rural India, I have first-hand experience of the dire need for improved tools to diagnose water-borne pathogens or to diagnose Tuberculosis.
My ambition to tackle these high impact problems requires a broad skillset so I double majored in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering at Boston University, with a Nanotechnology concentration. I am currently pursuing this passion as a second year Bioengineering PhD candidate at UPenn, where I integrate microfluidics, microelectronics, and materials science to create miniaturized platforms for point-of-care diagnosis.
I am actively involved in tech commercialization through programs like Penn Biotech Consulting Group and acting as a Tech Consultant for the Y-Prize competition at Penn. I am also an active Penn Center for Innovation fellow, where I actively work with Technology licensing officers to evaluate disclosures to understand how Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer work together to create a true societal impact.
We built a Bluetooth enabled, Arduino reader for automated diagnosis of transparency changes in microfluidic devices.
We created an android app to test how "drunk" users were based on a set of tests gauging logic, balance, and reaction.
Using an FPGA board and Verilog, we recreated the classic Pong with many more features.
For our Biomedical Instrumentation, we used an Elecro-oculogram to measure changes in voltage as the eyes moved to control the Snake in the classic game.