P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Yakir Reshef, 2015

PhD/MD, Harvard University

Yakir Reshef is the child of immigrants from Romania and Israel

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD/MD in Computer Science and Medicine at Harvard University

Yakir was born in Jerusalem and spent his early life in Israel. After four years in Kenya, during which time his parents pursued medical and public health work, his family moved to the USA. Yakir studied mathematics at Harvard College and did research in computer science and statistics. After graduating he spent three years in his native Israel, first as a software engineer and later as a Fulbright scholar in the department of mathematics and computer science at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He then returned to the USA to enroll in the Harvard-MIT MD/PhD program, where he completed a PhD in computer science in 2018 and an MD through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology medical program in 2020. He is currently an internal medicine resident at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Yakir hopes to combine computational expertise with medical knowledge to help translate growing data sets in the biomedical sciences into better understanding of disease that can lead to improved outcomes for patients.

  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2020
  • PhD Computer Science | Harvard University 2018
  • BA Mathematics | Harvard University 2009
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