I’m a PhD student at Stanford. I am an electrical engineer by training, but my vision is to change the way medicine is practiced by enabling long-term monitoring of people’s biomedical signals. Right now, if you go to the doctor, they do a 1-time measurement of, say, your blood pressure or glucose level, and compare that to population averages of blood pressure and glucose levels to diagnose you.
That’s very unsatisfying to an engineer – what ought to be done is a continuous measurement of one’s own vital signs and biomedical markers so that (1) individuals are diagnosed based on their own individual baseline (thus avoiding false negatives) (2) individuals learn what kinds of environmental variables cause changes in their health on an patient-to-patient basis (3) doctors can predict whether an individual is at risk for a medical incident before it happens, instead of piecing together the damage after the fact. My goal is to make the technology to make that happen.
I was born in 1993 in Karachi, Pakistan, but moved to the United States when I was 1 year old. I lived in the Midwest for several years, then moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, and then to Atlanta, Georgia, where I went to Walton High School. I went to MIT for my undergrad, where I majored in electrical engineering and computer science (6-2, B.S. ’15). During my undergraduate years, I did research with Professor Joel Voldman on neural probes, and with Professors Thomas Heldt and George Verghese, where I developed a new way to assess lung function using capnography. I am now working on my master’s degree, with Professor Robert Langer and Dr. Giovanni Traverso to build wireless communication and powering systems for ingestible electronics.
In this website, I occasionally blog about my experiences in academia and entrepreneurship and suggest tips and ideas for improvement, both of self and society. The philosophy behind my articles is that if I think of something and there are at least 10 people among my Facebook friends who have the potential to benefit from reading it, then it’s worth writing down.
I also document the different projects, apps, and research that I work on. This, I hope, serves as inspiration for you to go off and build something yourself to better humanity. If you have any questions, you are always welcome to get in touch (see below).
Reach me through my Stanford E-mail address, which you find by searching my name in the Stanford Directory [it’s harder and harder to trick spam-bots these days!]
If you see something wrong, fix it with your hands. If you can’t do that, then speak out to correct it. If you can’t do that, then know in your heart that it is wrong – that is the very minimum of faith. – Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ)