First Name

Varshini

Last Name

O.

Bio

Varshini, a senior at The Seven Hills School, is a passionate and self-driven individual who is the CEO and founder of Sparking Lives Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which is dedicated to empowering the lives of orphans and needy children around the globe by providing medical and educational support, further increasing the accessibility of modern technology and software. Varshini's interest in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology research has prompted her to start a new club at her school known as GIDAS (Genes in Diseases and Symptoms). This club encourages high school students to conduct individual research through the integration of biological data and computational tools such as R programming and Linux software. One of Varshini's greatest technical accomplishments is her publishing of a code program in GitHub which finds significant correlation values between miRNA in Breast Cancer Data. She has also won "The Best Research Paper" award for her computational research performed on Major Depressive Disorder. She further plans to pursue bioinformatics as her major field of study in the near future.