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Omar Abudayyeh

MD/PhD candidate
Founding Member of TIMtalks

Omar Abudayyeh is an MD/PhD candidate at Harvard Medical School and graduated in 2012 with a degree in mechanical engineering and biological engineering frorm the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Henry Ford II Scholar (the top graduating engineering student from MIT) and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. He is also a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.

As a US National Science Foundation fellow, his research interests are at the intersection of nanoscale engineering and computational biology where he is developing better tools to explore such realms as cancer, liver fibrosis and neuronal plasticity and in these research areas has co-authored several papers in journals such as Nature Biotechnology and presented at numerous scientific conferences. 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 integrating large-scale cancer genomics and signaling data into models for biological discovery and clinical prediction.

Omar 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. 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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