Suyash Raj is a second year PhD student in the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. He studies neural stem cells in the lab of Dr. Irv Weissman. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017, Suyash dedicated himself to research in preparation for medical school applications. His orthopedics research at Boston Children’s Hospital led him to discover his interest in the intersection of programming and biology to further bioinformatics. His newfound skills and passion for lab work landed him in an industry position at Semma Therapeutics, which later got acquired by Vertex Pharmaceuticals. There, Suyash worked on the development of a cell-based therapy for Type 1 Diabetes which is currently in Phase I/II clinical trials. He followed his passion for translational research to Stanford University where he hopes to uncover the mechanisms of neural regeneration. In his free time, Suyash enjoys playing video games, experimenting with new recipes, baking goods to share with his lab, finding good restaurants to take his fiancée to when she visits, and traveling around the bay area.