Bayan’s educational philosophy centers around the idea that grades and test results are not a measure of intelligence; rather they are a reflection of work ethic, preparedness, and confidence in one’s abilities.
Bayan graduated Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in Research from Cornell University. During his time at Cornell, he tutored college students in a variety of science and English subjects while holding administrative roles for several clubs and community initiatives. He facilitated a junior youth empowerment group, which improves students’ self-confidence by building community and fostering a sense of camaraderie. Additionally, Bayan was awarded highest honors for his independent project: Creation of an iPSC calcium indicating sensor under the control of an αMHC promoter, which can be expressed in cardiomyocytes. During the project, he successfully created a research tool that allows other medical researchers to study the differentiation of iPS cells to cardiac cells, and has vast implications for medical research. His tool will be used to create therapeutic interventions for cardiac infarction.
Bayan’s passion for scientific research has pushed him to work on a variety of projects across labs and disciplines. Through first-hand work at the Cornell Heart Lung Blood Resource for Optogenetic Mouse Signaling, Bayan learned techniques involving molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology. Previously, he had worked to understand how different populations respond to various stressors by studying heat shock proteins as a researcher for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Bayan is also an accomplished cellist and has performed several solos and concertos. His passion for music allowed him to be the first chair cellist for the Dana Hills High School orchestra while playing varsity tennis. In his free time, he enjoys painting, running, reading novels, swimming in the ocean and living a balanced, healthy lifestyle.