2017 Forbes 30 under 30

2017 TEDMED Hive Innovator

2017 Academy of Achievement Delegate (

2016 NIH- Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F30, 5 years; perfect score of 10)

2016 National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship

2015 Friends of the McGovern Institute Fellowship

2015 OneStart Life Sciences and Healthcare startup competition semi-finalist

2014 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow

2013 Harvard Graduate Student Leadership Institute Fellow

2012 MassChallenge StartUp Competition Finalist for MODALYST

2012 MIT Arab Students Organization’s Science and Technology Achievement Award

2012 Henry Ford II Scholar (MIT’s top graduating senior in engineering school)

2012 MIT Znaty Outstanding Achievement Award for Outstanding Research in Biological Engineering

2012 MIT Mechanical Engineering Excellence in Education Award

2010 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar

2010 Amgen-MIT Scholar

2010 Member of Tau Beta Pi (engineering honor society)



2008 Siemens Competition Semi-Finalist

2008 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, 4th place

2008 National Merit Scholarship Recipient


Select Media:

CRISPR System Targets RNA in Mammalian Cells


Scientists Use New Crispr System to Edit RNA in Human Cells

Researchers engineer CRISPR to edit single RNA letters in human cells

Gene-editing tool CRISPR can now manipulate more types of genetic material

RNA Editing Possible with CRISPR-Cas13

CRISPR toolbox gets two new molecular gadgets, boosting gene-editing

Scientists unveil CRISPR-based diagnostic platform

Fast CRISPR test easily detects Zika and antibiotic resistance

CRISPR-Based Nucleic Acid Test Debuts


A new CRISPR breakthrough could lead to simpler, cheaper disease diagnosis

Crispr Offers a Leap Forward for Diagnosing Disease

Scientists Find Form of Crispr Gene Editing With New Capabilities

Researchers unlock new CRISPR system for targeting RNA

CRISPR May Work On Way More Diseases Than We Think

Bacterial RNA-editing tool could disable viruses or halt disease

Taking Gene-Editing to the Next Level: Scientists use a process developed by bacteria to manipulate RNA

Cpf1 makes for a CRISPR cut

New CRISPR Tools More Precise, but Targeting Mishaps a Worry

New system for human genome editing has potential to increase power and precision of DNA engineering

New kid on the CRISPR block



US News: Project-Based Education Is Key to Increasing STEM Interest

MIT News:  Abudayyeh named a Paul and Daisy Soros New American Fellow

ScienceBlogs: Young Innovators Appointed to Serve on USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Youth Advisory Board!

MLive: Top Scholars hope to improve their world with science


Harvard Medical Student Review (visit):

Boston NPR: From Hallway Talk At Harvard Med School To New Student Review 

Harvard’s The Crimson: Medical School Launches Student-Run, Peer-Reviewed Journal 

Harvard Medical School Countway Library Blog: Scholar Medical Publication DIY by Harvard Medical Students


MODALYST (see all):


The Emerging Designer:

The Boston Globe:

Bloomberg Businessweek:



TIMtalks (visit):

MIT Admissions: The story behind TIMtalks

Slice of MIT: TIMtalks Capture Student Experiences

My talk: Drugging the Undruggable: The road not taken


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