Varun Shanker
Varun Shanker
Height: 6-0
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Midland, Mich.
High School: Midland Dow

Research and STEM Activities
Intersection of neural stem cells and synthesis and fabrication of artifical axons which mimic brain tisssue at the MIT Van Vliet Lab for Chemomechanics...Study of Epigenetic Effects of HDAC Inhibitors in Olgodendrocyte Precursor Cells...Designed photo-lithography masks for tracking cells during imaging experiments...developed a novel computational platform for image analysis and quantification of axon wrapping...2014 Dow High Innovation Team: Designed and build low cost waste-utilizing microbial fuel cell...2015 Dow High Innovation Team: Designed and built a piezolectric wearable charger for portable devices...2016 Dow High Innovation Team Leader: Designed and built a low cost Solar Electrolytic Desalination System.

Prior to Caltech
National Merit Scholar...MHSAA Michigan Scholar Athlete Award...AP Scholar with Distinction...AP Scholar with Honor...3-time 1st Place AH Nickless Innovation Award...Mid Michigan Brain Bee Champion...2014 National Honor Society DECA International 3rd Place...2017 Top 10 Finish NHS DECA International...2016 Michigan Mr. Tennis...2016 Singles State Champion...2-time Michigan Team State Champion...Top 10 Midwest Boys USTA Recruit...TennisRecruiting.net 4-star Recruit...Ranked 105 in US...Michigan High School Scholar Athlete Award...4-time Tennis All State...3-time Captain...4-time Saginaw Valley Leauge First Team...2013n Michigan High School Tennis State Champion...2017 Saginaw Valley Leauge MVP...2-time Saginaw News Tennis Dream Team MVP.

Personal
Son of Ravi and Gayatri...Has one older brother, Vikram