Dylan Cable

Hertz Fellow: Dylan Cable

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Computer Science

Fellowship Years

2019 - present

Dylan is a first-year PhD student in computer science at MIT where he specializes in improving physical methods for biological data collection and creating mathematical methods for biological data analysis. He regards data collection and data analysis as inseparable and believes they must be interwoven to achieve deep knowledge of biological problems.

Dylan’s exploration of neuroscience and biology as an undergraduate at Stanford University convinced him that life science problems are the most important issues to solve. His goal: to uncover the inner workings of vital biological processes. Cable has co-authored a recent article in the Journal of Neuroscience that examines whether single neuron recordings can be recorded from humans using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), a question with major implications for studying the human brain.

Dylan grew up in Chicago where he developed a deep passion for mathematics. In high school, he took math classes at Northwestern University and worked independently with Prof. Paul Sally of the University of Chicago. He graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with a BS in mathematics. He was a recipient of the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award for Scholastic Achievement, which is given to the top 25 graduating seniors in Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences. Dylan’s outside interests include playing the guitar, improv comedy, and long conversations about science, philosophy, and life.