Brian D.


Brian was raised in sunny California in the heart of Silicon Valley. In high school, he bounced between studying biology, architecture, and product design, and ultimately ended up doing a research project on worm lengthening that led to his lifelong fascination with RNA. He attended Stanford University for undergrad, where he studied computer science and biology and graduated with a 4.01 GPA. There, he co-authored 6 papers studying noncoding RNA structure and regulation, transcription, and RNA-protein interactions. His senior thesis won the Kennedy Award for best thesis in natural sciences, and he was named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Currently Brian is a first-year MD-PhD student at Harvard Medical School and MIT. 

Brian has tutored and taught in various capacities for years. In high school and college he taught SAT classes and was a private math tutor. He also led a student group that taught English as a Second Language to Spanish-speaking custodians who worked on the Stanford campus. As part of the Splash program at Stanford and MIT, he has developed and co-taught several short courses on data visualization, neural processing, RNA biology, and machine learning to high school students. Finally, Brian currently mentors undergrads as part of the American Physician Scientist Association.

In his free time, Brian loves tacos, beaches, running, and sunshine. He also greatly enjoys long drives and hikes deep into nature and is trying to learn how to cook for himself.


Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School/MIT, MD/PhD candidate
  • Stanford University, BS Computer Science and Biology
  • David M. Kennedy Thesis Prize (best thesis in natural sciences)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • MCAT