Mihir Rao is a senior at Chatham High School. He conducts research in the fields of computational biology and applied computer science. His work includes AI-enabled diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy, novel methods for accurate in-silico B-cell epitope prediction, and identifying biomarkers associated with MGMT methylation and glioblastoma. Mihir’s research has won him awards in various regional and national competitions and enabled him to be the lead author of a published research report. Mihir also attended the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences (NJGSS) at Drew University. Currently, Mihir conducts applied computer science research at Montclair State University in the environmental science and autonomous vehicle labs. At school, Mihir is the president of various STEM clubs. He is also a jazz drummer in the New Jersey Youth Symphony Big Band, on his school’s competitive robotics team, and a runner on the Chatham cross-country and track teams. Mihir is an Eagle Scout, an EMT on his town’s emergency squad, and the founder and CEO of a computer science education non-profit called Coding Cougars that provides free coding instruction to hundreds of students across New Jersey. Mihir aspires to be a physician-scientist in the future.