Simar Bajaj, from Fremont, California, is currently completing BAs in Chemistry and in the History of Science at Harvard University, where he was elected as junior Phi Beta Kappa. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles in medical journals and over 50 news articles in a wide-range of publications including The Atlantic, Time Magazine, and The Guardian. He is the youngest recipient of the Foreign Press Association Award for Science Story of the Year and the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Award for Excellence in Science Communication from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. He is currently a volunteer with the American Lung Cancer Screening Initiative, as well as a research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Stanford University School of Medicine, where he is working on numerous projects relating to obesity, lung cancer, medical education, and digital health.
He plans to continue his studies by obtaining an MSc in Global Health and Epidemiology at the University of Oxford. His ultimate goal is to become a physician-writer and policy maker, working to create a world without stigma in the promotion of global health and wellbeing.