Yong (Daniel) Shen

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About

Daniel is a second-year medical student at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, in the Columbia-Bassett program. He attended Harvard College, where he graduated with a major in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology, and a minor in Classics. During his time in college, Daniel was part of the Harvard-Radcliffe Kendo Club, rowed with the intramural crew team, volunteered with the Advocating Success for Kids program at Boston Children's Hospital, and served as a co-leader of the Harvard iGEM group. He also ran a small smart up project at the Harvard Innovation Lab on genetically modifying bacteria to digest plastic waste and produce biomolecules of value. He conducted his thesis project on the immunosuppressive properties of lipopolysaccharide on T cells. After graduating, he spent a year in the Canadian subarctic in Yellowknife, Canada, learning about Indigenous culture, history, and trying to live life to the fullest in the Great North. With his free time, he enjoys photography, exploring the great outdoors, cross-country skiing, and mixology. Talk to Daniel if you're curious about taking time off after graduation, artificial intelligence and medicine, evolutionary biology, the history of medicine, and how to thrive in long, cold, dark winters...