Meet 18 Year Old Abu Qader Founder of Startup GliaLab

Abu Qader moved to the U.S. from Afghanistan with his parents when he was a child. He says It makes him “feel blessed and privileged and it makes me want to do things” to help people. He said he feels a calling to use his computer skills to do something more important than making money.

When Qader was 15, he discovered the potential of machine learning. Now what he’s building could help doctors and patients all over the world.

Qader is the founder of GliaLab, a machine learning startup that works with medical imaging devices to give smarter breast cancer diagnoses. Qader taught himself about machine learning via YouTube videos, and learned how to uses Google’s machine learning technology Tensorflow.

“Thousands of women are misdiagnosed with breast cancer every year, and it usually leads to death or enormous treatment costs,” Qader told us last year. “Where we come in is right when the radiologist is making (the diagnosis) … We have a lot faster, a lot more accurate, and a lot cheaper method of telling you what type of cancer tumor you have.”

Qader said at the time that GliaLab’s software is between 93% and 99% accurate, and gives results in real-time.

Qader’s work has even gotten the attention of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai.

Abu Qader with Sundar Pichai