User:William M. Yashar

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Will Yashar (a photographer's interpretation)
Will Yashar (a photographer's interpretation)

I am a senior studying physics at MIT and am currently applying to MD/PhD programs. I am interested in developing medical devices and technology as a research physician. As a research technician in the Karp lab at Brigham & Women's hospital, I am currently working on creating medical technology for applications in translational and regenerative medicine.


"Pembroke 'til I die"- Our Lady Foundress, 1347
"Pembroke 'til I die"- Our Lady Foundress, 1347
  • 2015, Candidate for Bachelor of Sciences in Physics, MIT
  • 2013-2014, Part II and Part III Physics student, Pembroke College University of Cambridge

Research interests

Regenerative medicine, how noble a discipline. Photo credential from NIH:
Regenerative medicine, how noble a discipline. Photo credential from NIH:
  1. Medical Devices and Technology
  2. Regenerative Medicine
  3. Translational Medicine


  1. Lu, Sharon M., Daniel J. Scanderbeg, Patrick Barna, William Yashar, and Catheryn Yashar. "Evaluation of Two Intracavitary High-dose-rate Brachytherapy Devices for Irradiating Additional and Irregularly Shaped Volumes of Breast Tissue." Medical Dosimetry 37.1 (2012): 9-14. [Paper1]
  2. Mundt, Arno J., and John C. Roeske. Image-guided Radiation Therapy: A Clinical Perspective. Shelton, CT: People's Medical Pub. House-USA, 2011.


    Research contributed to a chapter on partial breast irradiation treatments.

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7.05/5.07 (Biochemistry) Spring 2015
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I have worked in a variety of lab settings ranging from dark matter research to culture preparation. During my sophomore year, I worked on designing NMR spectroscopy techniques to test human hydration and, in another lab, adapted NMR technology to conduct tests without the use of superconducting magnets. While I was in San Diego, I worked at the Salk institute where I had two goals: to design a vector sequence and transform it into a yeast plasmid and to create a bioinformatics genome alignment procedure. I am now working in the Karp lab where I use microfabrication and synthetic polymers to design medical devices for applications in translational and regenerative medicine.

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