Kavya passionately engages in research at the intersection of medicine and computer science, working on projects that have been recognized by IEEE Spectrum, Tech Crunch, and NVIDIA.
In this line, she was recognized as a 2017 WebMD Health Hero, as finalist in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search "Junior Nobel Prizes."
Kavya is the Founder/CEO of GirlsComputingLeague, a nonprofit group she established to help close the gender gap in computer science.
In 2016, Kavya was the first student board member of the Children's Science Center of Northern Virginia.
Kavya currently serves as a student advisor to the board of the National Center for Women in Information Technology, or NCWIT.
Kavya is an avid public speaker, having given a TEDx Talk, spoken at the Smithsonian, NASA Kennedy Space Center, World Bank Group, and several Artificial Intelligence Conferences.
Kavya is currently collaborating with the University of Montreal as a future signatory of the Montreal Declaration for the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence.
Kavya is a current freshman at Harvard University studying computer science and biology. She is a recent graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.
She has been recognized for her academic achievement as a 2018 US Presidential Scholar.
2019 Glamour’s College Women of the Year
2018 TIME’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018
Uses machine learning techniques and a 3D-printed lens attachment for the automatic screening of diabetic retinopathy using a smartphone. Research collaborators include the NIH and Massachusetts General Hospital. Proof-of-concept testing in Aditya Jyot Hospital in India.
Awards and Honors:
2017 International Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge 1st Place Winner
2017 International Science and Engineering Fair 3rd Place Category Winner
Mentioned in Dr. Eric Topol’s 2019 book titled: Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again
A precision medicine platform which uses deep learning to determine the molecular and genetic signature of a brain tumor with 100% accuracy in a fraction of the time/cost of traditional methods. Clinical testing in Georgetown Medical Center.
Awards and Honors:
2018 Davidson Institute for Talent Development Laureate $50,000 scholarship
2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist $25,000 scholarship
2017 WebMD Health Hero $25,000 grant for my nonprofit
2018 Thiel Fellowship Finalist
2019 Harvard College Innovation Challenge Founder Excellence Prize
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2015 dedicated to teaching and applying emerging technology techniques, with a focus on female and low-income students. GirlsComputingLeague has partnered with the White House CSforALL Initiative, Amazon, Google, and Apple. Since its inception, GCL has raised over $100,000 for computer science programs and impacted over 4,000 students in the DC Metro Area. GirlsComputingLeague has also experienced 200% year-to-year volunteer growth.
IEEE Spectrum: Teenage Whiz Kid Invents an AI System to Diagnose her Grandfather’s Eye Disease
NVIDIA: Braniac vs Brain Cancer: Teen Tackles Deadly Disease
ABC 7: INSPIRE: A better world, one algorithm at a time
WebMD: 2017 Health Hero, Inventor Kavya Kopparapu
Teen Vogue: Meet 7 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalists
NBC: Local Teen Awarded Health Hero Award
Davidson Institute for Talent Development: Kavya Kopparapu, $50,000 Scholarship Winner
Tech Crunch: High schooler makes 3D-printed, machine learning-powered eye diagnosis system
Science Alert: This Teenage Girl Invented an AI-Based App That Can Quickly Diagnose Eye Disease
CNN: 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search “Junior Nobel Prize” Finalists
The Verge: A teenage girl has created a 3D-printed lens and app that can detect eye disease
Smithsonian Magazine: The Future Is Bright If More Teens Could Think About High School the Way Kavya Kopparapu Does
Refinery 29: Gen-Z Female Entrepreneurs
Alba Botanica: Do Good Do Beautiful Campaign