After growing up in a small city 15 minutes away from Austin, Texas, Hisaaki moved to the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, Japan, where he attended an international school from ages 6 to 18. Lured by the Golden State, he next moved to the Bay Area, where he attended The University of California Berkeley. His interest in human behavior and cognition and his passion for medicine drove him to pursue a degree in Economics and Cognitive Science. After scoring in the 99th percentile on the MCAT, he moved across the country to work as a medical assistant in New York City. He is currently completing a post-baccalaureate program in Biology at Marymount Manhattan College, while assisting a research team at NYU Langone’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Hisaaki has guided students and trainees in several settings throughout his academic and professional careers. At UC Berkeley, he facilitated organic chemistry classes for fellow undergraduates as a laboratory assistant in addition to mentoring members of his pre-medical fraternity in both professional development and science course material. After college, Hisaaki joined a healthcare startup where he trained employees one-on-one to become efficient medical scribes in primary care.
Outside the classroom, Hisaaki employs his interpersonal skills as a volunteer counselor for Crisis Text Line. He also spends his time cooking, playing video games, easing back into weight lifting, and learning new skills, like bouldering and DJing.