Originally from southern California, Charles went to MIT at age 16, majored in chemical engineering and was one of the first students ever to complete the biomedical engineering minor--all while playing varsity volleyball and contributing to various research projects, including a stint at Suntory in Osaka, Japan. After undergrad, he worked in engineering consulting for a few years before returning to MIT for a PhD (2009) in molecular pharmacology, where he characterized the metabolic and pharmacokinetic profiles of an experimental prostate cancer drug candidate. Next, Charles completed postdoctoral research studying carcinogenesis and doing agent-based mathematical modeling of tumor growth kinetics at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton.
As an undergraduate and graduate student, Charles TA'd and tutored extensively, and was a Big Brother here in Boston from 1998-2008. He is still affiliated with MIT as an assistant coach for the varsity volleyball teams, where he serves as both an academic and career mentor to the players and as a recruiting and admissions advisor to interested high school students. Charles was recognized for his coaching contributions with the AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year award for Division III Men's Volleyball in 2010.
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