I am a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing Computational Biology to find new applications of computer science in medicine. On the side, I love going to hackathons and programming.

Work Experience

University of Pennsylvania

CIS 197 (JavaScript) Teaching Assistant

2016-08-30 - Present

Teaching Assistant in student-led course on fundamentals of JavaScript. Repsonsible for curriculum creation and assessment for course.

University of Pennsylvania

Traumatic Brain Injury Researcher

2016-06-01 - Present

Developing portable mobile applications for computational diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury.

  • Built algorithm to localize pupils and calculate distance between eyes in response to visual stimuli using OpenCV + gradient ascent methods
  • Created Convolutional Neural Network to classify 7 different emotion in real time using 1700+ images from public facial expression databases (98% accurate)
  • Creating clinical study and developing React Native application for Apple ResearchKit apps


Technical Lead & Developer

2015-09-01 - Present

Hack4Impact is a student led group on Penn Campus helping create software to help local and national non-profits accomplish their missions.

  • Created e-commerce system for Reading Terminal Market to bring transactions online
  • Technical Lead after first semester of membership
  • Applied for 501(c)3 certification for the club

School's Out Hackathon

Co-Founder & Co-Director

2013-03-01 - 2015-08-26

Co-Founded nonprofit organization to increase programming awareness and functional literacy rates in Texas and the nation through hackathons and book drives

  • 1000+ students in attendance over 3 iterations of hackathon (and SoHacks 4 set for Aug 2017!)
  • Raised $100k in sponsorships and in-kind donations to further this cause
  • Front Cover of Texas CEO Magazine


University of Pennsylvania

Biology (Concentration: Computational Biology) & Computer Science

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

2015-08-01 - 2019-06-01
  • CIS121 - Prog. Lang. & Tech II (current)
  • CIS120 - Prog. Lang. & Tech I (Fall 2015)
  • CIS160 - Mathematical Foundations Computer Science (Fall 2015)
  • CIS197 - JavaScript (Spring 2016)
  • CHEM 101, 102 - Intro Chem I & II (2015-2016)
  • PHYS 150, 151 - Intro Physics I & II (2016)
  • BIOL 121, 123 - Intro Molecular Bio (2016)
  • MATH 114, 240 - Multivariable, Lin Alg & Diff Eq (2015-2016)


Relaud.io - Powerful, quote-based search for videos (Grand Prize Video)



Reverse engineered YouTube Caption API to get captions for videos and used Jaccard String Similarity to do fuzzy matching on user requested captions. Front page ProductHunt.

LeARn - Collaborative, Augmented Reality (Top 10 & Grand Prize AR/VR)

PennApps XIII


Created Augmented Reality Education platform with Google Cardboard. Used marker based SLAM to calculate position of multiple viewers of marker and then overlayed 3D objects onto marker with correct orientation for all users.

MoleML - Mobile Screening Platform for Basal Cell Carcinoma (Grand Prize Medicine & Health)

PennApps XII


Created machine learning model for automated basal cell carcinoma assessment and diagnosis through Random Forest based ensemble training Methods with Computer Vision Processing.


The effects of perturbed cerebral blood flow and cerebrovascular reactivity on structural MRI and behavioral readouts in mild traumatic brain injury.

Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism


Long J, Watts L, Li W, Shen Q, Muir ER, Huang S, Boggs RC, SURI A, Duong T

Hereditary endocrine tumors: A comprehensive review.

Scientific and Educational Poster presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting, Society of Abdominal Radiology


Vargas P, SURI A, Katabathina V.

The Devil is in the DNA: A comprehensive review of rare malignancies that warrant genetic testing

Scientific and Educational Poster presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting, Radiological Society of North America


Katabathina V, Gowri G, SURI A et al.

The birth of a hacker culture

TEDxSanAntonio Presentation (first under 18)


When you think of a hacker, what do you think of? A man who breaks into your bank accounts? Someone who steals important documents? To programmers, though, it’s actually a compliment. The new definition of hacker is “a clever programmer.” And within San Antonio and the United States, there are too few of these clever hackers. How do we increase this number? By building a culture of hacking. Through hackathons, maker-fairs and side projects, we can build a culture of hacking that leads to innovation. In this talk, you’ll learn of the various efforts that are underway, as well as how you can be a part of the culture and become a hacker too!


Web Development


  • React
  • Redux
  • React Native
  • JavaScript (ES5, ES6)
  • Mongo
  • MySQL
  • PHP

Other Things


  • Machine Learning
  • OpenCV/Computer Vision



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