Michael Dykstra, HMS

Michael Dykstra, HMS

Michael Dykstra, HMS

Michael is a third-year MD candidate at Harvard Medical School (HMS) with interests in oncology and global health. He grew up on a farm outside a town of 602 in rural West Michigan, where he cultivated an appreciation for science and the natural world. For his undergraduate, Michael attended Grand Valley State University and graduated with a degree in physics. Throughout college he researched novel ways to visualize physiologic processes in live mice, including cerenkov luminescence imaging and immuno-PET. He took time off during college to study in Peru and Guatemala. In Peru he worked in a government health clinic while investigating rural vs urban health disparities. He learned basic Kaqchikel Maya and performed surveys in a small agricultural community to better understand underlying causes of malnutrition in Guatemala. Since coming to medical school he has continued to develop his interests in oncology and global health. Long term, he hopes to improve oncology systems in low and middle income countries. He also enjoys photography, travel, and ultimate frisbee..