Omar Abudayyeh is an MD/PhD candidate at Harvard Medical School and graduated in 2012 with a degree in mechanical engineering and biologica engineering form the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Henry Ford II Scholar (the top graduating engineering student from MIT) and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. He is also a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.
His interests are in technology development with a particular focus on alleviating the burden of disease on society. Previously, he worked at the Koch Institute on developing a nanotechnology-based urine test for diagnosing diseases, such as cancer and liver fibrosis, and at Flagship Ventures on leveraging the bacteria in the body to develop breakthrough therapeutics. His current work at the Broad Institute is focused on integrating large-scale cancer genomics and signaling data into models for biological discovery and clinical prediction.
Passionate about implementing innovative projects that positively change how people think and interact, Omar is Co-Founder of Modalyst, a business-to-business online wholesale platform for connecting designers and boutiques. He also was a Founding Member of TIMtalks (Think. Inspire. Motivate. – Powerful Ideas by Passionate Students), a forum similar to TED talks to enable students at MIT to share and reflect on their big ideas, experiences, and endeavors, regardless of whether they have succeeded or failed.