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Omar Abudayyeh

Age: 25

MD/PhD candidate
Founding Member of TIMtalks

Omar Abudayyeh is a MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School/Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology program. He is a 2015 Friends of the McGovern Institute Fellow, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, as well as a graduate fellow of the National Science Foundation. In 2012, he graduated with an S.B. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Biological Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Henry Ford II Scholar (the top graduating engineering student from MIT) and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.

His research interests are at the intersection of genome editing tools and computational biology where he is developing better molecular tools for manipulating cell circuits in diseases such as cancer. Previously, he worked at the MIT Koch Institute for Cancer Research on developing a nanotechnology-based urine test for diagnosing diseases, such as cancer and liver fibrosis, and at Flagship Ventures on leveraging the bacteria in the body to develop breakthrough therapeutics. His current work at the Broad Institute is focused on taking inspiration from bacteria for developing tools to manipulate and study the human genome in health and disease. His work is published in many journals, including Nature and Cell.

Omar is also passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. He recently co-founded MODALYST, a business- to-business online wholesale platform for connecting emerging designers and boutiques, and the Harvard Medical Review, a peer-reviewed journal for student written articles. While as a senior at MIT, he also was a Founding Member of TIMtalks (Think. Inspire. Motivate. - Powerful Ideas by Passionate Students), a forum similar to TED talks to enable students at MIT to share and reflect on their big ideas, experiences, and endeavors, regardless of whether they have succeeded or failed.

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