Surya grew up outside of Ann Arbor, MI and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a BS in Cellular & Molecular Biology and Pure Mathematics. During his undergraduate career, he was a co-director of TEDxUofM in 2013 and completed an honors thesis studying transcription regulation in AML.  He is currently planning to pursue a PhD studying neural stem cell biology with the eventual goal of working in regenerative medicine.  In his free time, Surya follows college football and basketball in an almost obsessive manner and has recently taken up boxing as a hobby.