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: Jack E. Froehlich Memorial Award, Henry Ford II Scholar Award, Richter Scholarship, 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


May 2020

Oct. 2019


Nov. 2017

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


© Michael Yao 2020

Updated May 2020