Curriculum Vitae

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Academic Merits

July 2020 Class Rank: 3/233; In-Major Rank: 1/3
June 2020 Cumulative GPA: 4.20; Major GPA: 4.20
September 2019 MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test): 520, 98th percentile (129 C/P, 129 CARS, 132 B/B, 130 P/S)
October 2014 SAT: 2360, 99th percentile (800 Math, 760 CR, 800 WR, 12 Essay)
June 2014 SAT Subject Test: 800 Math II, 800 Biology, 800 Chemistry

Research and Clinical Experience

Undergraduate Research Fellow with Mikhail Shapiro @Caltech (09/17 - Present)

  • Microbial and T-cell engineering, design and optimization of thermally-controlled genetic circuits for transcriptional control
  • Design of CRISPR-based systems for immunotherapeutic applications and gene regulation, with applications for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell engineering
  • Manipulating cellular water diffusivity to enhance MRI image contrast
  • Theoretical modeling of nanoscale biomagnetic hysteresis and cellular responses to external magnetic fields

Research Intern with Dieter Gruenert @Department of Otolaryngology, UCSF (06/15 - 07/17)

  • Directed stem cell differentiation. Gene editing of the human GCM2 gene in CFBE41o- immortalized cells and primary induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to introduce genetically expressed markers to track gene expression in the parathyroid differentiation pathway
  • Seamless gene correction of Class II W1282X and ∆F508 CF genetic mutations

Shadowing Student @City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA (06/19 - 07/19)

  • Four-week preceptorship program (100+ hours) shadowing doctors and professionals in academic medicine from various subspecialties in medicine, including pathology, hematology, clinical trial research, medical oncology, palliative care, surgery and associated surgical subspecialties
  • Learned from various MD-PhD physician scientists about their respective career paths and life experience, reaffirming my desire to become a physician scientist

Shadowing Student @Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA (06/18-08/18)

  • Six-week preceptorship program (200+ hours) shadowing physicians and hospitalists from various specialties in medicine, including pulmonary intensive care, emergency medicine, pediatric internal medicine, opthalmology, cardiology internal medicine, diagnostic and interventional radiology, pathology, neurosurgery, general surgery and associated surgical subspecialties


  • Languages: English (Native Speaker) · Spanish (Proficient) · Chinese (Passable)
  • Programming Languages: Java (Proficient) · Python (Proficient) · C (Proficient) · Matlab (Passable) · HTML/CSS (Passable) · C++ (Passable)
  • Operating Systems: Linux (Proficient) · Mac (Proficient) · Windows (Passable)
  • IDEs: Jupyter Notebook · IntelliJ · Eclipse · Vim ·
  • Computational Tools: Mathematica (Proficient) · R (Proficient)


  1. Abedi, MA$^{\dagger}$; Yao, M$^{\dagger}$; Mittelstein, DR; Bar-Zion, A; Swift, M; Lee-Gosselin, A; Shapiro, M. (2020). Thermal bioswitches for localized activation of microbial immunotherapies. (In Preparation for Submission, $^{\dagger}$Equal contribution)
  2. Yao, M; Uhr, L; Daghlian, G; Amrute, JM; Deshpande, R; Mathews, B, MD; Patel, SA, MD; Henri, R, MD; Liu, G, MD; Reierson, K, MD; Johnson, G, MD. (2020). Demonstration of a longitudinal action medical mission (LAMM) model to teach point-of-care ultrasound in resource-limited settings (Published in POCUS Journal)
  3. Maw, AM, MD; Galvin, B, NP; Henri, R, MD; Yao, M; Exame, B, MD; Fleshner, M, MD; Fort, MP, MD; Morris, MA, MD. (2019). Stakeholder perceptions of point-of-care ultrasound implementation in resource-limited settings (Published in Diagnostics)

Honors and Awards

2020 Larson Scholar Fellowship, Caltech
2020 Jack E. Froehlich Memorial Award, Caltech
2020 Henry Ford II Scholar Award, Caltech
2020 McLean Scholarship, Caltech
2019 Richter Memorial Fund Scholarship, Caltech
2019 Ronan Armaan Mack Research Fellowship, Caltech (Summer Research Fellowship)
2018 Stevens Center for Innovation Showcase Competition Finalist @University of Southern California (USC)
2018 Doris S. Perpall Competition Semifinalist, Caltech
2018 John Stauffer Research Fellowship, Caltech (Summer Research Fellowship)
2018 Judy Oliphant Memorial Scholarship, Diablo Valley Assistance League
2017 National Merit Scholar, NMSC
2017 United States of America Biology Olympiad (USABO) Semifinalist
2016 United States National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO) Honors (Top 150 Nationally)


AtriaConnect, Inc. (April 2018 - Present)

What is AtriaConnect? A Video Guide

CEO and co-founder of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. AtriaConnect is a startup medical nonprofit centered on equipping resource-limited communities with both state-of-the-art technologies and the knowledge on how to use them. Since the group was founded in April 2018 at Caltech, we have…

  • successfully trained four Haitian physicians in a community hospital in Haiti how to incorporate point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) into their individual medical practices
  • raised over $40,000 USD in revenue to fund our organization’s work
  • been accepted into the Sling Health Accelerator Program in 2018, and presented at the 2018 USC Stevens Center for Innovation Symposium
  • established a growing network of students and doctors that spans 3 countries, 15 institutions, and 18 physicians
  • partnered with companies such as Philips Healthcare and Innovating Imaging Technologies (IIT)

Chatter (May 2020 - Present)

Landing Page (In Progress)

Website and mobile iOS app to make information on contraceptives more accessible. Users are able to see what their (anonymized) social media contacts and community members use for birth control and sexual health. By making contraceptive usage data more transparent and easily accessible, we hope to encourage more engaged conversations between patients and their healthcare providers. This project is a collaboration between the USC EMERGE Lab and AtriaConnect. Written using Swift, Xcode, Firebase, HTML/CSS, and Jekyll.

Plasmid Homology Analyzer (June 2020)

Java program that takes a DNA sequence string and checks for potential sites of DNA recombination given a set of parameters. Takes into account minimum homology length, maximum allows homology mismatch, and predicted DNA secondary structures to output potential sites where DNA could be excised due to sequence homology.

MCAT Study Guide (June 2019 - December 2019)

Publicly available, condensed study guide (150 pages) written to help students prepare for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Used personally and by students I have tutored previously.

Outreach and Volunteer Involvement

2020 President of Caltech’s Medlife student club, member since 2017. Organized science exhibition days at local high schools, lab tours for high school students, clinical volunteering opportunities, community cancer symposiums, etc.
2020 Editor-in-Chief of Caltech’s undergraduate research journal, editor since 2017.
2020 Current tutor for high school students as a part of Caltech’s RISE Tutoring Program, and an independent tutor and college application essay editor.
2019 Member of the Academics and Research Committee at Caltech since 2017, and member of the Core Curriculum Steering Committee during the 2018-2019 school year. Acting liaison between faculty and undergraduates at Caltech to improve the quality of academic life on campus.
2018 Student Ambassador for Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Established a safe and inclusive space for students in summer research programs at Caltech, and offered resources to settle disputes and overcome difficulties throughout the summer.

Teaching and Mentoring

Present Teaching Assistant @Caltech in Pasadena, CA

Quarter Course Course Description
Spring 2021 ACM95b Differential Equations and Complex Analysis (Head TA)
Winter 2021 ACM95a Differential Equations and Complex Analysis (Head TA)
Fall 2020 Ph106a Graduate Classical Mechanics and Special Topics
Spring 2020 ACM95b Differential Equations and Complex Analysis
Winter 2020 Ph12b Quantum Mechanics
Fall 2019 Ph12a Introduction to Waves
Fall 2019 CS24 Introduction to Computing Systems
Spring 2019 Ph1c (Analytical) Special Relativity and Electromagnetism
Winter 2019 Ph1b (Analytical) Special Relativity and Electromagnetism

Present Deans’ Tutor @Caltech in Pasadena, CA (October 2018 - Present)

Course Course Description
Ch1ab General Chemistry, Deans’ Tutor Office Hour Session Lead
Ph1abc Analytical Freshman Physics (Classical Mechanics, Special Relativity and Electromagnetism)
Ma1abc Freshman Mathematics (Proofs, Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus)
Ma2 Differential Equations
Ma3 Probability and Statistics
Ch41ab Organic Chemistry
ACM95ab Complex Analysis and Differential Equations
Ph12abc Introduction to Waves, Quantum Mechanics, and Thermodynamics
CS1 Introduction to Computer Science
CS2 Introduction to Data Structures

Independent Tutor

Subject Description
MCAT October 2019 to July 2020
AP Physics C September 2017 to May 2018, June 2020 to Present
AP Chemistry September 2017 to Present
AP Calculus September 2017 to Present
AP Computer Science June 2020 to Present
College Admissions Essays Intermittent (during college application cycles since 2018)


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    • Professor of Chemical Engineering, @Caltech
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  • Gordon Johnson, MD
    • Legacy Health in Portland, OR
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  • Justin Lee
    • MD-PhD Candidate @Caltech-UCLA MSTP
    • 2020 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow
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