Age: 18Herndon, VA
Project Title: GlioVision: A Platform for the Automatic Assessment of Glioblastoma Tumor Features, Molecular Identity, and Gene Methylation from Histopathological Images using Deep Learning
Kavya’s project is a major first step to personalized, targeted treatment for patients with cancer. It identifies a significant disconnect in the treatment of patients in the current medical system: as a society we’ve made leaps and bounds towards creating therapies targeted for a cancer’s specific genetic mutations, but have not significantly sped up the process for obtaining this tumor information. This seeming disconnect is likely the reason that in the past thirty years, the mortality rate for patients with glioblastoma has not decreased. The result of Kavya’s project, GlioVision, makes the adoption of precision medicine techniques economical for every hospital in the country. GlioVision can determine relevant characteristics of a tumor in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods by using a scanned image of a biopsy rather than a DNA sample. Kavya was driven to tackle this specific problem about reading articles about Senator McCain’s glioblastoma diagnosis detailing the severity of the disease and its short prognosis.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A founder of a medtech company at the cutting edge of developing diagnostic tools and treatment regimens for aggressive cancers
If you could have dinner with the five most interesting people in the world, living or dead, who would they be?
Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawing, Katherine Johnson, Steve Jobs, Taylor Swift
What is your absolute dream job?
Astronaut in the ISS
If you were a wrestler, what would your entrance song be?
'We Are The Champions' by Queen
Aside from necessities, what's one thing you could not go a day without?
What lame superpower would you want?
The ability to immediately understand someone's background
If you could be on any TV show, which one would it be?
The Ellen Degeneres Show
What is your favorite food?
Pav Bhaji (vegetable curry with bread)
Say you're independently wealthy and don't have to work, what would you do with your time?
Devote all my time, energy, and money to creating an institution to support students with a thirst for learning but who lack the resources to do so
Which skill would you like to learn?
What is your favorite tradition or holiday?
In the News
TJ graduate earns Davidson scholarship for brain cancer research, September 9, 2018.
HERNDON TEEN AWARDED $50,000 FOR RESEARCH ON PERSONALIZED, TARGETED TREATMENTS FOR CANCER PATIENTS
Kavya Kopparapu to be Named a 2018 Davidson Fellow
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