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Michael Yao

MD/PhD Candidate (Bioengineering), BS Applied Physics

[email protected]

linkedin.com/in/michael-s-yao

michaelsyao.com

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania

Current MD-PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and 2021 Caltech physics graduate. Interested in using software engineering and innovative research to solve complex and meaningful real-world problems.

Academic Merits

HHMI-NIH Scholar (University of Pennsylvania): accelerated MD-PhD program

Class Rank: 3/233; In-Major Rank: 1/3 (Caltech)

2021 Caltech Housner Prize Winner

Cumulative GPA: 4.20; Major GPA: 4.20 (Caltech)

Relevant Experience

August 2021

May 2021

Software Engineering Intern, MRI Sequence Development Team, Hyperfine

  • Optimized k-space filter to better correct correct for spike noise in Python
  • Implemented and improved on an adaptive coil combination algorithm to remove phase discontinuities in MRI imaging, improving image quality for 95% of test images from clinical sites

April 2021

October 2017

Undergraduate Research Fellow, Mikhail Shapiro Laboratory, Caltech

  • Programmed Java and Python applications to analyze DNA for potential sites of homology-based recombination, speeding up research pipelines by up to 15%
  • Engineered probiotic bacteria and CAR T-Cells to be thermally activated using ultrasound to spatially localize cancer immunotherapy (patent pending)
  • Manipulated cellular water diffusivity to act as a sensor for hypoxia in MRI imaging

Projects

Present

July 2021

CTO/Founder, Sentinel Cloud

  • Rethinking medical records with a user-friendly, secure, and cloud-based EHR designed to simplify healthcare for physicians and their patients
  • Built on Flask stack and Google Cloud Platform
  • Backed by Wharton's Venture Initiation Program and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

June 2021

May 2021

SDN Webscraper

  • Simple Beautiful Soup webscraper that parses through available historical data for medical school admissions to help current and future applicants better understand the application process timeline.

Programming Languages

Backend

class Python:

  self.years_of_experience =

  self.server_side_choice = 'Flask'

  self.language_of_choice = True

  self.editor_of_choice = 'vim'

mysql> UPDATE personal.skills SET

    −> hashing_algorithms = 1,

    −> rsa_encryption = 1,

    −> systems_design = 1

    −> WHERE user = 'Michael Yao'

    −> ;

Frontend

<head>

  <title>HTML/CSS</title>

  <meta name="years-of-experience"

        content="2">

  <meta name="favorite-css"

        content="display: grid">

</head>

$("#JavaScript").focus(function () {

  var yearsOfExperience = ;

  var libraries = [ 'jQuery',

                    'React',

                    'AOS',

                  ];

});

Research

#!/usr/bin/python

import numpy as np

import scipy

import skimage

import torch

import nibabel as nib

function Matlab()

  yearsOfExperience = ;

  % Medical Image Analysis

  imgRegistration = true;

  imgSegmentation = true;

end

Miscellaneous Lanuages and Tools

Mathematica, R, C, C++, Java, bash, git

Teaching

Publications and Talks

†Co-first authors.

Outreach