San Francisco, CA
A.B. in Molecular Biology, 2007
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Dr. David Jackson, Professor
Before his undergraduate studies at Princeton even began, Max scored a perfect 1600 on his SATs, captained his high school's varsity baseball and soccer teams, and was an Intel Science Talent Search semi-finalist for his research in developmental neurobiology. At Princeton, Max graduated with honors and was awarded a Department of Molecular Biology Senior Thesis Prize for his research with Dr. Coleen Murphy studying the genetic regulation of aging in the roundworm C. elegans. Outside the classroom, Max helped found and later direct the Princeton chapter of Let's Get Ready, which provides 50 high school students each year with free SAT tutoring and college admissions guidance.
In Dr. David Jackson's laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor, Max attempted to identify a gene encoding a structural component of plasmodesmata, which are pores that connect adjacent cells in plants. Such research has implications for basic understanding of plant physiology and engineering of higher yield crops.
Max received his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at Stanford University in May 2010. He has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Stanford Graduate Fellowship. He is currently attending UCSF Berkeley in pursuit of his MD.
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