Carlsbad, California, United States
Tyler Chen, from Carlsbad, California, is pursuing a PhD in bioengineering at Stanford School of Engineering. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and bioengineering. Tyler aspires to improve the quality of human life by building technologies to tackle genetic disease and disability. He has developed microfluidic devices for advanced genomics at UC Berkeley’s Streets Lab, iGenomX, and Illumina. Tyler also co-founded and led Berkeley Hyperloop to design and build one of the first prototype vehicles for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. He is a third-degree black belt in Songahm Taekwondo and a martial arts “tricker.” He is the recipient of UC Berkeley’s 2019 University Medal.