Andrew Gao โ€“ Developer, Researcher, Marketer

Currently: @launchx, @thehelyxinitiative, @catalyst

I'm a rising junior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, California. I'm passionate about applying my coding skills to synthetic biology & biochemistry, and I use my design and writing skills to make science more accessible.

I spread STEM in communities near and far.

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๐Ÿ’ก My Core Values

Opportunities for all.

I deeply appreciate the educational privileges I'm lucky to have. However, millions of people around the world are not as fortunate as I am. Thus, I strive to increase the amount of available opportunities to everyone. To these ends, I apply my coding skills, scientific knowledge, and multilingualism to help open up more opportunities and resources.

Coding is the future.

Coding is one of the most important skills in the 21st century. However, many students around the world do not have access to educational coding resources. I want to change that. To these ends, I volunteer with FIRST Global and the Raspberry Pi Foundation to spread coding knowledge. I mentor robotics teams from Tanzania, Chad, and Suriname, and I translate coding curricula into Mandarin. I also founded and mentored an FLL robotics team in my community for 2 years.

Spreading science.

I apply my science knowledge to educate the public. As a member of CCA's iGEM team, I helped create curriculum for our summer synthetic biology camp and translated educational materials into Spanish and Portuguese, as well as organized the effort to translate into Hindi and Korean. Also, I volunteer with mirCore by educating other students on opioids and their mechanisms of action and teaching lessons on topics such as microarrays.

๐Ÿƒ What am I up to?

I am currently working at LaunchX as a paid digital marketing intern. I create custom graphics, such as Instagram posts, for LaunchX's online presence and create and send newsletter campaigns, among other things.

You can see my other experiences in the table below,

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๐Ÿ›ซ Past Experiences

Experience Role Location Date
iGEM Giant Jamboree 2019 Competitor Boston, MA Nov 2019
Biochemistry Club President CCA 2019-2020
Research Club President CCA 2019-2020
CCA iGEM Team Competitor CCA May-November 2019
Hack Club CCA Vice President of Marketing CCA 2019-2020
Out of Order Robotics Captain San Diego, CA 2018-2020
LaunchX Intern Remote Oct-Apr 2019
Catalyst Science Magazine Director of Finance CCA 2019-2020
Latin Club President CCA 2018-2020
Singlera Genomics Intern San Diego, CA TBD
iGEM Giant Jamboree 2018 Competitor Boston, MA Oct 2018
LaunchX Summer Program @UMich Student Ann Arbor, MI Jun-Jul 2019
COSMOS @UCI Student Irvine, CA Jul-Aug 2019

๐Ÿ—ž๏ธ My Work

Title Type About
Bioreactor Patent Nitrogen/Oxygen Environment Modulation Device for Bacteria Culturing
Horizon 2.0 Research Project (group) Genetically engineering E. coli to degrade toxic oil compounds and convert byproducts into clean hydrogen energy
Auris App Free hearing test app developed at Cosmos
Deep Learning Image Analysis and Liquid Biopsy for Early Lung Cancer Detection Research Project Used targeted bisulfite padlock probing for enhanced DNA methylation sequencing to advance early lung cancer detection. Coded machine learning model that achieved 91% AUC-ROC and 86% accuracy for lung nodule classification.

๐Ÿ“ญ Let's Talk!

If you are interested in the things I do, or if you are hoping to do similar things in your communities, please reach out to me! I really want to talk to people like you, and I'm always happy to help out with your projects and programs through coding and design work. I will also do marketing work for commission occasionally.

You can always reach me by shooting me an email. Looking forward to talking to you!

Built with lots of โ˜•๏ธ in sunny San Diego. Source code by @mingjie.