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.