Vishal Thapar, Ph.D.

Projects and Focus

How do I spend my time?
Go to Learning Takes a Village

Learning Takes a Village

Learning Takes a Village or LearnTAV is my primary startup. It’s a grass roots initiative to help students in public schools get the outside tutoring help they need. Tutoring is in Sync with class room instruction making this platform unique.

Go to Boston Chai Party

Boston Chai Party

This is my second project that I am working on in my “spare” time. I love Chai. I have been making Indian chai since I was 13 and every time I make Chai it still brings me back to my time in India. It is my desire to bring this taste to the United States, my new home.

Go to Intro to Bioinformatics

Intro to Bioinformatics

This is a new course I have started teaching at MGH. The course aims at no prior knowledge of any programming and aims to teach Biologists all the skills required to perform basic Bioinformatics analyses like RNA-Seq, ChIP-Seq, Pathway Analysis, GSEA etc.

My actions, that arise from my ideas, make my destiny
Making the world a better place, one idea at a time!

I am a computer scientist who is passionate about ideas and making them real. I like Biology, (Genetics of Cancer in particular), Statistics, Software Engineering and Machine Learning. I am most excited by ideas and entrepreneurship

As a computer scientist and a Bioinformatician, I work at Massachusetts General Hospital collaborating with Biologists to study multiple aspects of Cancer Genetics. I am fond of teaching and have recently started a course on Bioinformatics for Biologists.


What do I enjoy?


Being CXO (Chief Everything Officer)
Very recently, I came to the realization that I am an Entrepreneur. It has taken a long time for me to get to this realization. I have ideas. I love building things and I thrive in uncertainty.

Being Arihant’s Papa

F.T.F (Full Time Father)
This has been my hardest. most challenging and extremely satisfying project. My son is now 3 years old and I have learnt so much from him. My notion of perfection and patience has undergone a complete 180. I thank the universe for this.


Thoughts, if any?