Hello, I’m

Avi Gupta



Social entrepreneur

Jeopardy! Contestant

Know about me

About Me

About Me

I am a senior at the Catlin Gabel School in Portland, OR interested in science, social entrepreneurship, and activism. I founded and lead Project32, a student-run social startup that leverages the power of education and community engagement to tackle dental disease in youth. My research on vascular disease and designing artificial blood vessels has been submitted to peer-reviewed journals and presented at national conferences.  In my free time, I love to play chess and watch (and compete in) Jeopardy! Starting next year, I aspire to pursue an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering. Ultimately, I plan to use my passion for biotechnology to improve lives and develop affordable new treatments.

What i can do better




I study cardiovascular disease pathophysiology and artificial blood vessel design in the Lindner and Hinds Labs at Oregon Health and Sciences University. My work in the Lindner Lab focused on novel imaging and image processing techniques to non-invasively quantify blood flow variability in patients with peripheral arterial disease. My work in the Hinds Lab focuses on novel techniques for assessing the thrombogenicity of artificial blood vessels, with the ultimate goal of developing new, safer biomaterials for use in humans.


Manuscript Accepted- Journal of American Society of Echocardiography
BP Davidson, J Hodovan, O Mason, F Moccetti, A Gupta, JT Belcik, M Salganik, B Annex, JR Lindner. “Limb Perfusion Imaging with Contrast Ultrasound Differentiates Symptom Class in Peripheral Artery Disease Patients with Intermediate Ankle-Brachial Index”. Accepted for publication Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Manuscript in preparation, expected submission March 2019
A Gupta, M Hinds, DE Anderson. “Quantifying Physical Characteristics of Thrombus Formation on Cardiovascular Biomaterials using MicroCT”. Manuscript in preparation.


Oral Presentation, Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting (April 2019)
DE Anderson, A Gupta, MT Hinds. “Correlating Thrombus Constituents of Surface-Modified Vascular Graft Materials to Luminal Volume using MicroCT to Better Quantify Clinical Functionality”. Oral presentation Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting (April 2019).
Presentation at BMES Annual Meeting (October 2018)
A Gupta, DE Anderson, E Yim, MT Hinds. “Development of MicroCT Techniques for Quantifying Thrombus Formation on Cardiovascular Biomaterials”. BMES Annual Meeting (October 2018)
Presentation at BMES Annual Meeting (October 2018)
DE Anderson, A Gupta, EK Yim, MT Hinds. “Assessing vascular graft technologies by correlating luminal volume to platelets using MicroCT”. BMES Annual Meeting (October 2018)
Activities and charity




I founded Project32 in 2016 with a mission to eradicate dental disease by providing underprivileged communities with access to dental hygiene products. We partner with local dentists, urban homeless shelters, and global nonprofits to spread dental resources to youth worldwide and to homeless populations in the United States. Project32 is rapidly expanding with active student leadership and the recent formation of partnerships with Virginia Garcia and Medical Teams International.

Watch: How it all started
Watch: Everyday Heroes segment on ABC KATU Channel 2 News
Watch: Interview on NBC KGW Channel 8 News
Read: Latest updates from the Project32 team!
Donate to Project32
On Armando Puentes on KBOO FM Community Radio, talking Project32. Listen to the radio interview.

Activities and charity



Chess Club

  • Co-founded the Chess Club at the start of freshman year
  • Co-President of the club for the past four years
  • Co-captain of the Varsity Chess Team
  • The Chess Club is focused on making a social impact and regularly runs tournaments to fund our efforts locally and internationally.
  • Our recent chess festival attracted a contingent from Hermiston, OR, who drove three hours and stayed overnight on our campus in Portland to join in the fun!
  • Led the Chess Club in supporting chess worldwide, including in Macedonia, Guatemala, and most prominently in Equatorial Guinea (EG).

Chess in EG

Chess in EG started my sophomore year as a project in advanced Spanish class to examine sports in a Spanish-speaking country. We came into contact with Federico Elé Rano, a chess enthusiast in Equatorial Guinea (EG), the only Spanish-speaking nation in Africa and we connected over our shared passion for chess. Over the course of two years, we developed chess lesson plans in Spanish, organized scholastic chess festivals and started a GoFundMe page for chess supplies in EG schools (big thank you to the US Department of State for delivering them).  More

We have worked (with Federico) to help found the Equatoguinean National Chess Association (ANAGE) which will allow for Equatoguinean representation in the World Chess Federation (FIDE). In November 2018, we traveled to EG at the invitation of ANAGE when the organization was officially chartered. We visited schools, met with Cabinet-level Ministers and Olympic officials. Our efforts were covered extensively on local and international media and helped raise chess awareness in the entire region.

Read my Trip Blog here!

On Armando Puentes on KBOO Community Radio, an afternoon of conversation about our project. Listen to the radio interview.

What i can do better

Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

Civic Engagement Awards

Science and Academic Awards


  • Captain of Team Quantum
  • Regional competition: Champion’s award (1st place), 1st place robot performance.
  • State competition: Champion’s award (1st place), 1st place robot performance. Selected as one of two Oregon teams (out of > 400) to advance to FLL World Festival (first team in school history).
  • FLL World Festival: Global Innovation Award for Q-Gown (2015) (Watch ABC KATU News story about our work)

Extracurricular Awards

  • Co-captain, Catlin Gabel Chess Team, Oregon High School Team Champions (2017, 2018, 2019)
  • 2-time, Utah State Chess Champion for age group (2007-2008)
  • Start-up PDX, Founder and CEO of Grand Prize Winning Team, Clear Park (Read Portland Business Journal Article)
  • 3rd place, MathCounts Chapter Competition, top 15, State Competition. Member bronze medal winning team at state. (2015)
  • 2nd place, Beaverton Library Short Story Contest (November 2016)
  • 2-time Most Valuable Participant, Mock Trial State Championship (2018)
Activities and charity

Fun Stuff

Fun Stuff


It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to qualify as one of 15 teenagers nationwide selected from the thousands who applied to compete in the 2019 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament (airs week of June 17th, 2019).

For those of you who are curious about how my Jeopardy! appearance went, watch this space for more details.


Much to the (minor) annoyance of my neighbors, I am a drummer by night, practicing at home and playing concerts at venues around Washington County.


An incredible and unique experience: I had the opportunity to MC and host the International Youth Silent Film Festival Global Awards Show (2017, 2018) where young talented filmmakers from around the world submit their original silent short films to be screened with a live organ soundtrack.

My Featured Work

In the News

In the News

ABC KATU Channel 2 News

KATU Everday Heroes Segment. Full article

NBC KGW Channel 8 News

Watch: How it all started


Watch this space for upcoming air times!






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