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19-year-old grad becomes one of youngest PhDs in the world

You can now call 19-year-old Tanishq Mathew Abraham a doctor.

The biomedical engineering student next week will receive his PhD from the University of California at Davis on Tuesday, reports Fox40.

He began taking college courses while still in high school at age 7. Three years later he completed high school and then officially graduated from college with an undergraduate degree at UC Davis four years later at age 14.

Born and raised in an Indian American immigrant family, he plans to focus on artificial intelligence in medicine.

“I think we are now in the AI revolution, and I want to continue to be a part of it,” Abraham said to the Sacramento Bee.

Confidence is high among those that know Abraham that he will go on to do great things.

“For Tanishq, to have already reached this milestone at such a young age is incredible,” said Jean-Pierre Delplanque, vice provost and dean of graduate studies at UC Davis. “I know he will continue to accomplish great things in his life, and I cannot wait to see the transformative impact he will have on our world.”

Abraham got to ring the bell at UC Davis, a tradition executed by successful PhD candidates who have completed all the requirements for their degree.

Abraham’s sister who is in the second year of a graduate music program at Indiana University will sing the national anthem at his commencement. His 90-year-old Indian American grandmother will also be in attendance. The veterinarian received her PhD in the 1960s.

The graduate founded the Medical AI Research Center just this year. It’s a collaboration with others from Stanford and Princeton. It’s already published a paper on a technology that develops images from brain activity, MindEye.

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