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Biography of Keyan Salari, recipient of Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Three Iranian-Americans, Keyan Salari, K. Cyrus Habib and Shelli Farhadian, and are among thirty-one finalists in the tenth annual competition for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. These Fellows are among thirty-one finalists in the tenth annual competition for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.


Keyan Salari


KEYAN SALARI is a joint MD/PhD candidate at Stanford University. He has completed two years of medical school and is currently in the first year of a PhD program in Genetics. MR. SALARI is a 2004 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a BA with honors and high distinction in Molecular and Cellular Biology.


Now 24 years old, MR. SALARI was born in Lansing, Michigan. Both of his parents come from small, rural towns in Iran. They arrived in America in the 1970s with few financial resources, but were given the opportunity to pursue graduate school in chemistry and became teachers. MR. SALARI's own interest in science was sparked by early visits to his parents' chemistry labs and the evening courses his father taught at the local community college. The family now resides in Cupertino, CA.


MR. SALARI plans a career as a physician-scientist-educator, with the goal of becoming a leader in cancer research and oncology, and a dedicated educator and mentor. He finds that the ever-increasing volume of information generated as a result of advances in genomic technologies has made the field of cancer genomics more interdisciplinary in nature, and so he has located his research at the intersection of genetics, computer science, and statistics. Upon graduating from Stanford, MR. SALARI plans to complete a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in surgical oncology.


MR. SALARI's research includes work with professors at Berkeley, the University of California at San Francisco, and Stanford. MR. SALARI has published twelve conference papers and seven peer-reviewed scientific articles. He was awarded Berkeley's Spencer W. Brown Award for the best undergraduate research conducted in genetics, and was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biology Fellow. He is currently President of the Stanford Medical Student Association.


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