Nikhil Shankar was born in southern Florida, studied chemical and biomolecular engineering in Philadelphia for college, medicine in New York, and then moved to Boston for residency in Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is currently in his final year of residency and plans to stay in Boston after graduation to work both as a clinician and researcher with appointments with both Harvard medical faculty and the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology. He has spent almost all of his academic career searching for ways to fuse medicine and engineering, and deeply enjoys working with data scientists to interrogate large databases with unique clinically meaningful queries. In his spare time, he enjoys rock climbing, attending concerts, learning foreign languages, and hiking.