about me

The Facts

You’ve reached Omar Abudayyeh’s homepage. I am a second year MD/PhD student at Harvard Medical School/Harvard-MIT Health, Sciences, and Technology program as a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and graduate fellow of the National Science Foundation. In 2012, I graduated with a S.B. degree in Mechanical Engineering and Biological Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Henry Ford II Scholar and Barry Goldwater Scholar.

I presently live in Boston, MA. I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I was born in Raleigh, NC.


My research interests are at the intersection of engineering, nanotechnology, computation/statistics, and biology and I am currently doing research at the Broad Institute. I care about creating tools that open new areas of discovery and questions of biology that demand better technologies. My projects have included developing computational models and techniques for studying canonical oncogenic pathways, such as KRAS, at a systems-level across multiple tumor types (cell lines and patient tumors), better molecular tags for super resolution and electron microscopy, creating a nanoparticle-based urine test for diseases, such as liver fibrosis and cancer, exploring the efficacy of a gold nanoparticle vaccine towards fighting cancer, and designing a polymer micro-electrode array for studying neuronal plasticity (see publications).

I am also passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship. Towards that end, I was Co-Founder of MODALYST, a business-to-business online wholesale platform for connecting designers and boutiques. I also Co-Founded the Harvard Medical Student Review, a student-managed, peer-reviewed online journal. While as a senior at MIT, I worked on developing TIMtalks as a Founding Member and my inaugural talk was on the undruggable protein problem and carving your own path in life. I also served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the MIT Undergraduate Research Journal and Co-President of the MIT Bioengineering-Biomedical Engineering Society.

I am also passionate about education and giving young students a voice and serve as a member of the youth advisory board for the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

Please reach out to me on my contact page for questions, advice, or if you just want to talk about science or life!