2014 Valedictorian: Zaw Hlyan Phyo

Zaw left high school after his sophomore year to enroll full-time at Ohlone College to pursue his passion in the Biological Sciences.  Zaw found Ohlone to be a nurturing place and he loved the sense of community between students and instructors.  Some of his most meaningful memories include tutoring at the Biology and Chemistry Learning Center and assisting Dr. Grant’s chemistry class as the embedded tutor.

After receiving his A.S. in Natural Sciences at Ohlone, he transferred and graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA in 2016 studying Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics.  He is currently a post baccalaureate research fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health, studying molecular signaling pathways in cancer.  In conjunction, he has begun working on his Masters in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University.  His goal is to pursue a dual MD / PhD degree and pursue a career in academic medicine.