Shyam grew up in Los Angeles, and completed his undergraduate degree in Neurobiology at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Wash U, he conducted research on the role of serotonin signaling in early brain development, and served on the university’s Board of Trustees. He graduated magna cum laude, won the Dean Quatrano Prize for his undergraduate research, as well as the Ethan A.H. Shepley award for leadership, scholarship, and service to the school. He is currently a student in the Harvard-MIT MD/PhD program, with an MD from Harvard in the Pathways Program.

Shyam has had experience teaching and tutoring in a variety of settings, with students from a diverse array of backgrounds. His experience includes working one-on-one with students in subjects including science (Biology, Neuroscience, Genetics, Chemistry and Biochemistry), math (through Calculus II), standardized test preparation (SAT, ACT and MCAT), as well as coaching public speaking and interviewing. Shyam also has experience working with students with learning disabilities including dyslexia and ADHD, helping students develop flexible approaches to their learning. His approach to teaching combines didactics, helping students develop problem solving skills, and assistance in preparation for homework and exams. Shyam loves helping people realize their particular passions, and helping students develop concrete skills to apply to their work.

Outside of his research and medical work, Shyam loves to cook, listen to podcasts, sing, and play volleyball. 

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School - MIT, MD/PhD (in progress)
  • Washington University in St. Louis, BA in Neurobiology (magna cum laude)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Statistics
  • MCAT
  • Admissions Coaching (College, MD)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Shyam was excellent in all measures. An anecdote indicative of Shyam's commitment: I brought him a personal statement which had a significant amount of work done to it with another tutor. I agreed with Shyam's initial feedback that several pieces of it needed to change, and when I was having a bit of difficulty implementing broad strategic changes to the PS, Shyam sat down with me and did a 45 minute recorded, detailed personal interview with me to help flesh out some overarching themes we wanted in the statement. He then shared this with me on a google drive, for me to listen to as I went forward. This sort of uncommon creativity in helping me get my ideas on paper was common throughout our tutoring sessions."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Daniel, MD applicant)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Shyam was extremely helpful w/ MCAT verbal tutoring. He helped break the passages down for me and identify where I was going wrong. I am currently waiting for my scores, but I certainly had more confidence taking the test thanks to Shyam. "
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Christopher, MCAT Student)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Shyam was organized, very knowledgeable and smart, had a great grasp for the material but also had a clear passion for medicine and science that was infectious and made our meetings enjoyable. He really helped me structure my studying, encouraged me, and taught me a lot of valuable material in addition to useful test-taking strategies...Shyam is fantastic. I could not recommend him more highly. Cambridge Coaching has been great and easy to work with."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Isabelle, MCAT)