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About Me

Contact:

Name: Ming Jack Po
Location: New York, NY
Email: mail at jackpo.org
Phone: 718-233-3135

Education:

PhD – Biomedical Engineering – Columbia University (2006 – 2014)
M.D.- Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons (2011 – 2014)
M.A. – Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University (2004 – 2005)
B.S. – Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (2005)
Stuyvesant High School (1997 – 2001)

About Me

I am a clinician in training, an active member of the New York Entrepreneurial scene with several previous venture backed startups, and am involved with several efforts nationally and internationally related to education, healthcare and non-profit reforms. I am always open to meeting new people. I have a particular interest in technology startups, global health projects, and social entrepreneurship. If you are working in those areas, or are interested in talking with me about those topics, feel free to contact me by email or phone using the information above.

Research

My research adviser is Professor Andrew Laine in the department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. Some of my current research projects are below.

  • Crystal Recognition (NESG) - An automated algorithm designed to recognize the formation of crystals in high-throughput images.
  • Cardiac Biomechanics (in Collaboration with Dr. Holmes Group at UVA)- The development of algorithms to diagnose pathological hearts from CT and US data.
  • Autism (in collaboration with Child Psych at Columbia Medical) - The development of therapeutic games for children affected with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Biomechanics of Breast Feeding (in collaboration with Dr. Elad’s Group at Tel Aviv University) - The development of algorithms to analyze the biomechanics of breast feeding.
  • Biomechanics of IVF (in collaboration with Dr. Elad’s Group at Tel Aviv University) - The development of new biomechanical models to analyze In Vitro Fertilization.

Entrepreneurship

I’ve had the opportunity of experiencing the first dot com bust with a front row seat at my first startup experience with TeamSphere Interactive when I was 14. Unfortunately, the company imploded and I left the startup 2 years later. Shortly after leaving TeamSphere Interactive, I was recruited to Wall Street quant firm, D. E. Shaw & Co., where I stayed until leaving for college in 2001. During my gap year between my Masters and my PhD, I spent some time at Fannie Mae and Capital One as well.

My current interest lies in Entrepreneurship and finance. I co-founded PeerDecision and served as its CEO before we shut down the company in 2008. The company created a web based platform to facilitate the college admissions process for high school seniors. I continue to be fairly active in both the hedge fund community and the startup community in New York, and much less so, in Chicago.

Education / Non-profit Reform

I believe very strongly in the value of education, much to the amazement of friends and families who’ve interacted with me when I was younger. I am an adjunct faculty in the School of Education at City College of New York, and a faculty with the Center of Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University.

I spend some of my free time helping coach and advise local math teams. I serve as an assistant coach to the New York City Math Team, an adviser to the Baltimore County Math Team / League, and an adviser to the Florida State Math Team.

I also serve as an organizing member of the New York State Mathematics League (NYSML), a member of the advisory panel of the American Math Competitions, and a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Math Circle.

Professional Societies

Political Organizations I Support

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