Education & Certifications

  • MS, Stanford University, Electrical Engineering (2018)
  • B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Electrical Engineering (2016)

Stanford Advisors

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Information Theory, Genomic data compression, DNA storage

All Publications

  • DeepZip: Lossless Data Compression using Recurrent Neural Networks Goyal, M., Tatwawadi, K., Chandak, S., Ochoa, I., IEEE IEEE. 2019: 575
  • Humans are still the best lossy image compressors Bhown, A., Mukherjee, S., Yang, S., Chandak, S., Fischer-Hwang, I., Tatwawadi, K., Weissman, T., IEEE IEEE. 2019: 558
  • SPRING: A next-generation compressor for FASTQ data. Bioinformatics (Oxford, England) Chandak, S., Tatwawadi, K., Ochoa, I., Hernaez, M., Weissman, T. 2018


    Motivation: High-Throughput Sequencing (HTS) technologies produce huge amounts of data in the form of short genomic reads, associated quality values, and read identifiers. Because of the significant structure present in these FASTQ datasets, general-purpose compressors are unable to completely exploit much of the inherent redundancy. Although there has been a lot of work on designing FASTQ compressors, most of them lack in support of one or more crucial properties, such as support for variable length reads, scalability to high coverage datasets, pairing-preserving compression and lossless compression.Results: In this work, we propose SPRING, a reference-free compressor for FASTQ files. SPRING supports a wide variety of compression modes and features, including lossless compression, pairingpreserving compression, lossy compression of quality values, long read compression and random access. SPRING achieves substantially better compression than existing tools, for example, SPRING compresses 195 GB of 25x whole genome human FASTQ from Illumina's NovaSeq sequencer to less than 7 GB, around 1.6x smaller than previous state-of-the-art FASTQ compressors. SPRING achieves this improvement while using comparable computational resources.Availability: SPRING can be downloaded from Information: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.

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  • Compression of genomic sequencing reads via hash-based reordering: algorithm and analysis BIOINFORMATICS Chandak, S., Tatwawadi, K., Weissman, T. 2018; 34 (4): 558–67


    New Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies for genome sequencing produce large amounts of short genomic reads per experiment, which are highly redundant and compressible. However, general-purpose compressors are unable to exploit this redundancy due to the special structure present in the data.We present a new algorithm for compressing reads both with and without preserving the read order. In both cases, it achieves 1.4×-2× compression gain over state-of-the-art read compression tools for datasets containing as many as 3 billion Illumina reads. Our tool is based on the idea of approximately reordering the reads according to their position in the genome using hashed substring indices. We also present a systematic analysis of the read compression problem and compute bounds on fundamental limits of read compression. This analysis sheds light on the dynamics of the proposed algorithm (and read compression algorithms in general) and helps understand its performance in practice. The algorithm compresses only the read sequence, works with unaligned FASTQ files, and does not require a material are available at Bioinformatics online. The proposed algorithm is available for download at

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  • An Actively Detuned Wireless Power Receiver With Public Key Cryptographic Authentication and Dynamic Power Allocation Desai, N., Juvekar, C., Chandak, S., Chandrakasan, A. P. IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC. 2018: 236–46
  • An Actively Detuned Wireless Power Receiver with Public Key Cryptographic Authentication and Dynamic Power Allocation Desai, N. V., Juvekar, C., Chandak, S., Chandrakasan, A. P., IEEE IEEE. 2017: 366