I was born and raised in San Jose, California. Growing up, I spent much of my time outside of school on the tennis courts, practicing for tournaments on the weekends. I was ranked in the top 20 within Northern California, and reached the top 200 nationally at the start of high school. Outside of tennis, I developed a love for music and classical piano. The summer before my senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to work in Irv Weissman's lab at Stanford. With the mentorship of Debashis Sahoo (now a PI at UCSD), I was introduced to the wonders of bioinformatics and the fascinating science of stem cell biology.
I subsequently completed my undergraduate studies at Harvard College, graduating summa cum laude in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, with a minor in Music. During my time there, I joined the lab of Jay Rajagopal at MGH, studying mechanisms of intercellular communication in the airway and the molecular regulation of lung cancer lineage plasticity. Mentored by Purushothama Tata (now a PI at Duke), I received the Thomas Hoopes Thesis Prize and the Captain Jonathan Fay Prize, awarded to the most outstanding and imaginative senior thesis among the graduating class.
I entered the MD/PhD program at Yale University in 2016 and subsequently joined the laboratory of Sidi Chen. I successfully defended my dissertation in Fall 2021, entitled "Mapping a Functional Cancer Genome Atlas." My dissertation was awarded the Carolyn Slayman Prize in Genetics. After I complete my MD degree (projected 2023), I plan to continue on with internal-medicine residency and hematology/oncology fellowship training.