Michael Yao is an MD-PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania leveraging AI to improve human health.

ML graduate student

I am an MD-PhD candidate advised by Osbert Bastani and James Gee. My research focuses on trustworthiness and robustness for deep learning, offline optimization, meta-learning, and bandit problem formulations. I am broadly interested in developing methods that leverage prior knowledge and data to help algorithms better generalize to new distributions. I explore these problems in the setting of generative design, medical imaging, and reducing health disparities.

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I am currently working as Vice Chair of the Technology Committee for the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA). I am also a Co-Director of Data Science and AI for MDplus. At Penn, I am involved in a number of mentorship and outreach initiatives, and serve on the Admissions Committee for the School of Medicine.

During college, I served as editor-in-chief of the Caltech Undergraduate Research Journal, and was a volunteer tutor for Caltech students through the Deans' tutoring program and for local high school students through the RISE Tutoring Program. I also led initiativees to improve the freshman core curriculum while serving on the Caltech Academics and Research Committee and was a former student ambassador for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

I am actively involved in Penn's interview and recruitment process for medical school admissions. I set aside half an hour a week to meet with current students for pro bono feedback on applications and general college advice, especially for underrepresented students from minority backgrounds. If you're interested in connecting, feel free to reach out to me via email or Twitter.