Vedant Tapiavala

Sophomore at Dartmouth College

I've been involved in various projects focusing on humanitarianism, healthcare, and technology. I'm grateful to have had the chance to combine my passions along the way, and this site displays examples of this work. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Education

Dartmouth College, 2022-Present

  • Relevant Coursework: BIOL 12 (Cell Structure and Function), PSYC 6 (Intro to Neuroscience), and CHEM 11 (General Chemistry)
  • Received citations in CHEM 11 (General Chemistry) and MATH 30.04 (Evolutionary Game Theory and Applications) for “unusual talents, dependability, initiative, resourcefulness, or other meritorious characteristics”

Experience

Co-Founder/Co-Developer, AlzBuddy

Sep 2018 to Present

  • Developed a noncommercial app for Alzheimer's patients with 10,000+ downloads in 37 countries.
  • Consists of Sounds, Games, and Pictures modules, all of which have received positive feedback from nursing home users.
  • Featured by Forbes, FOX4, NBC5, WFAA8, and CBS11

Head of Outreach & Logistics, Forward Future

May 2022 to Present

  • Managed 501(c)(3) nonprofit fighting food waste & food insecurity featured on NBC5 that received funding from Dartmouth College and the Taco Bell Foundation
  • Implemented and oversaw outreach methods for FoodNex, a mobile app connecting hunger assistance organizations with potential donors that has coordinated donations of 339,000+ pounds of food worth over $370,000

Summer Research Intern, NIH/NINDS

June 2023 to August 2023

  • Conducting research under Dr. Michael Ward on frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at NINDS.
  • Using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) models of neurons and CRISPRi screens to understand genetic factors behind these neurodegenerative disorders.