I am a current junior at Caltech studying Physics with a minor in Computer Science. My current research interests involve ultrasound and MRI imaging and therapy, under the mentorship of Mikhail Shapiro, Ph. D. and Mohamad Abedi in the Shapiro Laboratory. Prior to Caltech, I worked in the Gruenert Lab at UCSF on stem cell research and modification through CRISPR/Cas9 technologies. I aspire to pursue a career as a physician-scientist, involving research at the intersection of multiple fundamental sciences for real-world applications.
Outside of the lab, I am involved in campus life.
Awards: Ronan Armaan Mack Research Fellow, John Stauffer Research Fellow, Caltech SURF Fellowship, Doris S. Perpall Competition Semifinalist, Judy Oliphant Memorial Scholarship
Therapeutic Ultrasound Modalities
using ultrasound to exhibit spatial control over cellular activity in vivo | engineering thermally excitable, tumor-homing probiotics and CAR T-cells
2017 - 2021
California Institute of Technology
B.S. Applied Physics, Minor in Computer Science (in progress)
Medical Imaging Enhancement
manipulation of cellular contrast with DW-MRI imaging in response to external stimuli | tracking cellular movement in the body with millimeter precision
mechanistic studies of magnetism in the context of cellular systems | preliminary background design to engineer proteins and single-molecules to respond to external magnetic fields
2013 - 2017
Dougherty Valley High School
Research Intern at University of California, San Francisco, National Merit Scholar
Huntington Hospital, Pasadena, CA
June 2018 | 6 weeks with Dr. William Caton, M.D.
Pulmonology, ICU, Trauma, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Radiology, Pathology
General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Cardiac Surgery
Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, NY
Aug. 2018 | 2 weeks shadowing Dr. Theodore Koh, M.D.
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
Maw, A.M.; Galvin, B.; Henri, R.; Yao, M.; Exame, B.; Fleshner, M.; Fort, M.P.; Morris, M.A. Stakeholder Perceptions of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Implementation in Resource-Limited Settings. Diagnostics 2019, 9, 153. doi: 10.3390/diagnostics90 40153
Suzuki S, Chosa K, Barillà C, Yao M, Zuffardi O, Kai H, Shuto T, Suico MA, Kan YW, Sargent G, Gruenert DC. Seamless gene correction in the human cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator locus by vector replacement and vector insertion events. (submitted May 2018)
Yao M, Suzuki S, Sargent G, Gruenert DC. Parathyroid Marker Tagging in iPSCs for Directed Differentiation. (for consideration of the 2017 Siemens Competition and 2017 Regeneron Science Talent Search) | PDF
City of Hope, Duarte, CA
June 2019 | 4 weeks with Dr. Kirsten Rood, Ph.D.
Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Hematology,
General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pathology, Palliative