Harrison Zhang is pursuing an MD/PhD at Stanford. He received a BA in Biology and Statistics at Columbia University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude, and with Highest Honors. He was selected as one of ten Columbia Science Research Fellows in the Columbia Class of 2022 and was awarded translational research fellowships from Harvard Medical School.
A large portion of Harrison’s undergraduate research has focused on engineering computational tools that leverage vast genomic, molecular, and clinical data to better understand disease states and make more meaningful predictions informing clinical decision-making. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he deployed his computational tools across over 250 hospitals from 7 countries to distill new knowledge surrounding the COVID-19 disease process in real time. He also served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Global Health where he directed the evaluation of public health solutions aimed at addressing modern health disparities. He further founded and directed Humanitarian Voices, a storytelling organization dedicated to sharing the heroic actions of international humanitarians.
Harrison hopes to use the expertise and vision that he develops during his MD/PhD to build on ongoing advancements in technology, increased understanding of the determinants of human diseases, and deeper commitments to social equality by developing cutting-edge technologies that standardize more personalized, accessible, and equitable health care for our communities. Ultimately, he is working to realize his belief that equitable healthcare is an undeniable human right.
Harrison is from Philadelphia. Outside of his academic interests, he is very passionate about the visual arts, journalism, teaching, and community building.