Justin hails from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey - but if you ever ask him, he’ll say he’s from New York because it’s “close enough.” He attended Horace Mann School in the Bronx for four years before heading South to continue his education at Rice University in Houston, TX. His hard work granted him acceptance into the FlexMed program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai after his sophomore year. Justin spent his remaining collegiate years focusing on research and entrepreneurship. He graduated with a BS in Bioengineering with a concentration in Engineering Design and, like a true New Yorker, he returned to the city to pursue his MD at Mount Sinai. He continues to follow his passion for research by studying artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Justin has been a teacher throughout every stage of his education, working with elementary school students and undergraduates alike. Most notably, he was a General Chemistry TA for three years at Rice and also served as a Head Academic Mentor to over 450 of his peers, tutoring subjects such as engineering and chemistry. He has also been a mentor for younger students as they transition into undergraduate life at Rice, maintaining a membership on the Rice Bioengineering Student Advisory Committee and serving as a Rice Orientation Week Coordinator. He is now an anatomy TA for first year medical students at Mount Sinai.
When not poring over notes or parsing lines of code, Justin likes to stay active by playing “competitive” spikeball, soccer, and ultimate frisbee with friends, or riding any board he can find – whether that’s snow, surf, or skate (just depends on the season).