IFE welcomes the inaugural Jim Valentine Fellow, Omair Khan!

IFE, in partnership with  ARTIS Ventures (AV), welcomes the awesome Omair Khan, Stanford MD/PhD Candidate in immunology, to the IFE AV team.

IFE co-founder Jim Valentine’s legendary spirit lives on in the next generation of ARTIS Fellows. IFE is proud to mentor and support Omair, a self-starter and cutting-edge thinker — qualities he shares with the late Jim Valentine. IFE partners with AV to foster leadership, with an emphasis on soft diplomacy and collaboration, in the healthcare and life sciences industries.

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Omair Khan is a second year MD/PhD Candidate at Stanford University from New Orleans, LA. He is working in the laboratory of Dr. Irving Weissman where he is interested in exploring the nexus of immunology and cancer biology, specifically glioblastoma. He previously completed his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Global Health Studies at Yale University, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Flavell.

Outside of class and lab, Omair serves on the board of community non-profits, mentors prospective medical students, tutors underprivileged students in math and science, volunteers at free clinics and advocacy groups and enjoys working out, snowboarding, and travel.


In addition to being an ARTIS Fellow, Omair is honored as the first Jim Valentine Fellow in homage of a great friend and longtime mentor of ARTIS who recently passed after his long courageous fight with cancer. Jim is remembered for his brilliance, larger-than-life personality, and razor-sharp wit. He believed in taking risks, grand visions, and an entrepreneurial spirit, all the while maintaining his sense of humor. As a Valentine Fellow, Omair embodies the technical expertise to drive innovation forward and the clinical focus to translate this research to impact human lives.

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