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Welcome to my website! I'm Kevin Hu, and I'm a senior at Mass Academy. Scroll down to learn more!

About me

I am a... student.

I'm a senior who is dual-enrolled at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science (Mass Academy) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Prior to junior year, I was a student at Westborough High School. I chose to enroll at Mass Academy because I wished to challenge myself beyond the courses offered in a standard high school curriculum, and to experience the unique project-based learning offered here. I am particularly interested in bioinformatics and computational biology, and I have performed research both independently and under the guidance of a mentor. I am currently working with Dr. Mahmoud Ghandi of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard towards the discovery of alternative splicing factors pertinent to the treatment of cancer through MIT's PRIMES program. I have independently researched topics such as neurological gene expression patterns, genome compression algorithms, and in silico BioBrick circuit assembly in my free time as science fair projects.

My hobbies

In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano, taking walks in the forest behind my backyard, and folding origami. I also enjoy watching Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and House. On the weekends, I'll sometimes play Minecraft with my two younger brothers, or we'll play poker together if my parents aren't working. My favorite books include Randall Munroe's What if? and Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers. As you can probably tell from this website, I'm also interested in graphic design, and I like to create little simulations in JavaScript whenever I find the time.

Education

Besides undertaking a rigorous courseload at Mass Academy and Westborough High, I've also supplemented my skills with collegiate and online courses.

Mass Academy and WPI

As a Mass Academy senior, I am dual-enrolled at WPI with the same academic status as an incoming freshman. The flexible and diverse array of courses has allowed me to further my understanding of mathematics and biology through classes that would otherwise not be open until a typical junior or senior year of college. These include focused classes such as operations research and virology, as well as more general classes like cell biology and probability.

I completed my junior year down at Mass Academy, where I took the standard set of courses in Mathematical Modeling, Physics, French Immersion, STEM, STW (Scientific and Technical Writing), Humanities, and Computer Science. Because I had taught myself calculus prior to arriving at the Academy, I was able to take the Physics with Calculus track and also completed the Multivariable Calculus course at WPI in May. Although I am currently taking courses at WPI, my status is that of a Mass Academy senior and I continue to participate in Mass Academy's various clubs and teams. This year, I am returning to lead both the Programming and CyberPatriot teams as a co-captain.

Westborough High School

At Westborough High School, I took a rigorous schedule consisting of mostly honors and accelerated courses. Because I was interested in learning more about bioinformatics and computational biology, I enrolled in AP Statistics and AP Biology in sophomore year, which are usually taken by juniors and seniors. I was an active member of the Science Club and Math Team, and I also participated in the Robotics Team as a member of the programming subteam and web designer.

Harvard Secondary School Program

Through Harvard's Secondary School Program (SSP), I was provided the opportunity of taking two college-level courses on the Harvard campus. I chose to take two science courses in biology, having completed the AP Biology course at Westborough High School just a month before. The first class, BIOS S-14 Principles of Genetics, served as an introduction to the deeper concepts of genetic regulation and mechanisms of mutation as well as other details. I also completed a bioinformatics project in which I researched the FOXP2 language-associated gene. The other course, BIOS S-129 Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, is typically taught to graduate students in biology and was comprised of a seminar and class discussion of the details of cellular development and regenerative therapies. I thoroughly enjoyed this course because of the revelations regarding experimental design and also because much of it was devoted to in-class analysis on cutting-edge papers and technologies. In fact, a lecture on transgenic animal models was the inspiration for my research on the reliability of mice as neurological disease models in junior year.

Coursera

I enjoy taking courses offered by the Coursera online learning platform. I have completed Stanford University's Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part 1 course (unfortunately, Part 2 was unavailable by the time I finished). I also completed the University of Toronto's Bioinformatic Methods I and II courses, which cover nucleotide and protein data analysis, respectively. I am currently in the process of completing Stanford University's Machine Learning course.

Research

My journey in research began in seventh grade, when a friend and I decided to engineer a humanoid robotic arm using LEGOs as a project for the regional science fair. In the process, I realized that I enjoyed making things and that participating at science fair made me a vastly better presenter, organizer, and researcher. I later discovered my interest in bioinformatics and computational biology, which combines several fields that I enjoy learning, namely statistics, computer science, and biology. My research projects, which have explored topics as diverse as genetic circuit assembly and alternative splicing, have since won multiple awards at the regional, state, and international levels.

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I’m always open to new opportunities. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or if you just want to get in touch.

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