Tyler Chavez

Current Role: Medical Student, Harvard University School of Medicine


Tyler is a graduate of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Biotechnology with minors in Biology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology.

Tyler’s interest in the healthcare field was sparked by his love for science and fascination with the human body and was enhanced by his experience working in the Emergency Department of a local hospital. Through this experience, his eyes were opened to many of the health disparities that exist in the United States and specifically in his home state of New Mexico. Tyler’s interest in research began as a general interest in genetics. He spent a semester assisting a senior researcher in a plant genetics laboratory, where he studied gene expression in alfalfa. He is extremely interested in, and hopes to one day contribute to, the integration of genetics into medical practice as well as the idea of personalized medicine.

During SUMR, Tyler worked alongside Dr. Angela Bradbury, a medical oncologist/hematologist, on an analysis of the delivery and dissemination of genetic testing in cancer prevention. He also worked alongside Dr. Meghan Lane-Fall, an anesthesiologist and critical care expert, on a project attempting to standardize OR to ICU handoffs at two Philadelphia hospitals.

Tyler served as the Vice President of the Pre-Health Professions Club at New Mexico State University and in his free time, enjoys playing basketball, tennis, and guitar.