Master's student, Biochemistry, Molecular biology
Landon graduated from the University of Georgia in 2021 with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He is now a Master's student at the University of Cambridge and is currently in the process of applying to MD/PhD programs. As someone who has applied to MD/PhD programs twice, he understands the hardship and struggles of a long medical school admissions cycle. His two cycles have had drastically different results, and he is excited to help out anyone who needs it!
Structural biology, Biochemistry, Soccer, Hiking
Juan is an Argentine-Canadian currently pursuing an MD/PhD at Vanderbilt University. He completed his BSc. honors degree in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta (Canada) in 2017. His undergraduate thesis work was done in the structural biology laboratory of Dr. Michael James focusing on substrate-assisted catalysis in serine peptidases. He also performed research in the structure of viral proteins, anti-cancer drug delivery, and Candida albicans morphogenesis and virulence. He came to Vanderbilt in 2017 to join the Vanderbilt Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) to get combined MD/PhD training with the hope of becoming a well-trained physician-scientist. He has completed 1 year of lecture-based medical training and 1 year of clerkship-based medical training before joining the Advanced Therapeutics Laboratory of Dr. Craig Duvall in 2019 for his PhD thesis. Outside of the clinic/lab, Juan enjoys playing/watching any sport but mostly soccer, coaching soccer, running, hiking, and playing with his pet dog, Zoe.
Master's student, Machine learning, STEM Tutoring
Ryan Crowley is originally from Bakersfield in the Central Valley of California. He is currently completing a Master's degree in Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge as a part of his gap year while applying to medical school. Before his time in the UK, he majored in Biomedical Computation at Stanford University. He loves teaching/tutoring and gained substantial experience while at Stanford by helping peers with their STEM coursework and running a tutoring program for underserved middle school students. He's incredibly passionate about addressing barriers that pre-medical students face, and he looks forward to helping as an MCAT tutor!
Medical student, MD-PhD, Gene regulation, Neurobiology
Trae Dunn is an incoming MD-PhD student at Stanford. He completed his undergraduate Biology degree at Kennesaw State University (KSU). While at KSU, he did four years of research in the Hudson Lab studying the roles of various transcription factors in gene regulation and nervous system development in C. elegans. At Stanford, he is interested in doing his PhD at the intersection of Chemical Biology and Neuroscience with the focus of uncovering novel drug candidates for neurological diseases.
Medical student, MD-PhD, Philosophy, Biomathematics, Hiking
Jithin is currently an MD-PhD student at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and graduated from the University of Scranton in 2021 with majors in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Biomathematics. Jithin enjoys most aspects of science (actually everything but pipetting), especially science communication and writing. He has significant experience tutoring students in the basic sciences like math and chemistry and more experience editing medical school applications. For fun, Jithin likes to hike, play video games, stress bake, and make his roommates watch trashy TV dramas.
Undergraduate, Molecular biology, Physiology
Wesley volunteered as a Rise tutor at Caltech and wored as a TA for Physiology and Molecular Biology. He scored in the 100th percentile on the MCAT.
Medical student, DO, Soccer, Gaming
Farhaan Khan is an incoming medical student at Lincoln Memorial University (DCOM). He enjoys playing soccer, gaming, and going to the gym.
Medical student, MD-PhD, Immunology, Mentorship, Photography, Poetry
Humza is an incoming MD-PhD student at Stanford University who graduated from UCLA in 2020 with a degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. He is interested in studying the immune system in the context of both basic biology and human disease. He has also spent years mentoring students ranging from middle school to college in science. Outside of mentorship and research, he loves trying new foods, photography, and reading poetry.
Bioengineering, Neuroscience, Hiking, Pottery
Sayeh is a senior at Stanford University studying Bioengineering. She is passionate about the development of genetic and neural engineering technologies and their clinical applications. Sayeh really enjoys biological research; in the Luo lab, she researches the molecular and genetic mechanisms of neural wiring, specifically throughout development. As a pre-medical student, she volunteers for Stanford Health Advocacy and Research in the Emergency Department (SHAR(ED)) and leads NeuroConnect, an organization assisting those with memory disorders. Sayeh hopes to pursue an MD/PhD following a Masters in Neuroscience at Oxford. Outside of school, Sayeh loves going to the beach with friends, hiking, pottery, baking, and binging TV shows! She is super excited to connect with pre-medical students!
Medical student, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Refugee/Immigrant Health, Ultimate Frisbee
Yifan is first-year MD student at USF Morsani. He earned his BS in Chemistry and MS in Bioinformatics, both at Georgia Tech. While at Tech, he became involved in TAing, STEM outreach, and research. His Master's research focused on the use of single-cell RNAseq to better understand the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease in diverse populations. As a first-gen immigrant himself, he is acutely aware of the barriers premeds face in the medical school admissions process and is passionate about refugee/immigrant health. Outside of the sciences, Yifan enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, thrifting, craft beer, and hanging out on a hammock with a good book!
Medical student, MD-PhD, Tennis
Varun is currently a first year MD-PhD student at Stanford University, and will be pursuing his graduate studies in Biophysics. He graduated from Caltech in 2021 with a BS in Bioengineering. While at Caltech, Varun was President of the student body, played on the tennis team, and served as an advisor to the institute's Board of Trustees. Beyond the classroom and lab, Varun is a sports enthusiast who also enjoys spending his free time exploring all of the outdoor activities NorCal has to offer—from surfing to skiing.
Richard Woojun Shim
RNA imaging, Gut microbiome, STEM tutoring
Richard graduated from Caltech in 2020 with a BS in biology and a minor in chemistry. He is currently working in Dr. Jeffrey Moffitt's lab at Harvard Medical School where he develops RNA imaging techniques, specifically in the context of host-gut microbiome interactions. During his time at Caltech, he worked as a TA for the physiology class and served as a representative for the biology major. Richard also has extensive tutoring experience in math and sciences starting from high school and throughout college.
Undergraduate, Bioengineering, Hiking, Biking, Creative writing
Maggie is a junior at Caltech studying bioengineering who is enthusiastic about disease therapeutics development. Last fall, she took the MCAT and obtained a score in the 98th percentile. At Caltech, she has served as a TA for complex analysis and as a Dean's tutor for biology, chemistry, and physics. In her free time, Maggie enjoys hiking, biking, and creative writing.
Medical student, MD-PhD, Biomedical engineering, Teaching, Reading, Running
Luke is an MD-PhD student at Johns Hopkins, where he plans to complete his graduate studies in Biomedical Engineering. In 2021, he graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Luke is passionate about teaching and mentorship, and as an undergraduate, he served as a TA for various chemical engineering courses. During his free time, he enjoys reading and long-distance running.
Medical student, MD-PhD, Cancer immunotherapies, Neuroscience, Tennis
Violet is a MD/PhD student at Duke University. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in biophysics and neuroscience in 2021, she stayed for a full time research position. Her research interests are in cancer immunology, metabolism, and developing cutting edge immunotherapies. She is also passionate about mentorship and has spent extensive time working with science outreach programs and as a physics TA. In her free time, she loves reading, playing tennis, and exploring new restaurants.
Undergraduate, Chromosomal engineering, Student government, Volleyball, Piano, Hiking
Megan is currently working in Dr. Kaihang Wang's lab at Caltech where she develops systems used for large scale chromosomal engineering. She will graduate Caltech in June of 2022 with a BS in Biology and is planning on applying to MD/PhD programs. For her MCAT, she scored in the 99th percentile. During her time at Caltech, she was the student body Vice President, served on the core steering committee for a youth mentorship program, and played on the volleyball team. Outside of courses and lab, Megan enjoys coaching volleyball, playing piano, and hiking.
Medical student, MD-PhD, Anthropology, Reading, Hiking
Cristian is an Anthropology MD-PhD student at UCLA. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Human Biology and Society in 2019, he worked as a High School Chemistry teacher at Crenshaw High School. He is interested in labor, transnational capitalism, and migration in Guatemala and the US. In his free time, he really enjoys reading, hiking/outdoors, going to the gym, and going to the beach!
Medical student, MD-PhD, Bioengineering, Healthtech, Running
Michael graduated from Caltech in 2021 with a BS in Applied Physics, and is a current MD-PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in the department of Bioengineering. He is interested in healthcare entrepreneurship and helping translate clinically relevant technologies to bring them to market. While at Caltech, Michael worked as a TA for various physics and engineering courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and also served as editor-in-chief of Caltech's undergraduate research journal. Outside of class, you can find him swimming and playing chess.
Master's student, Medical sciences, Biochemistry, Medical research, CrossFit
Cameron is currently a senior at Northeastern University studying chemical engineering and biochemistry. He was recently awarded a Churchill Scholarship to complete a Master's degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Cambridge in the fall of 2022 and will be attending medical school in the fall of 2023. Cameron is passionate about medical research and mentoring those who are new to the field as well as helping others reach their academic potential. He also enjoys participating in the sport of CrossFit and doing outdoor activities with his friends.
Undergraduate, Computational neuroscience, Computer science, Tennis, Hiking
Jen is a senior undergraduate at Caltech majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Biology. She is interested in computational neuroscience, specifically applied to complex clinical topics such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, PTSD, and more. She has tutored extensively in the past within the fields of computer science, biology, and chemistry. In her free time, Jen enjoys playing tennis for the Caltech women's tennis team, hiking, and exploring SoCal.
Medical student, MD-PhD, Enzyme engineering, Tennis, Running
Andrew is an MD-PhD student at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he was a Churchill Scholar and Master's Candidate at the University of Cambridge, and he graduated from Caltech in 2021. Andrew has a passion for teaching and for making complex topics understandable for all. He has volunteered as a STEM tutor and worked as a TA for Organic Chemistry and Physiology at Caltech. For fun, Andrew enjoys playing tennis, running, and playing the cello.