About Me

About Me

Education and Professional Interests

Hi! My name is Richard, and I'm a student at Johns Hopkins University. I previously got my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (conc: Computational Bioengineering) at Hopkins, and I'm currently pursuing a M.S. in Computer Science with a focus on Statistical Pattern Recognition, with applications in medicine and healthcare.

Previously, I was a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health (NIBIB) under Prof. Richard Leapman, studying iPSCs using electron and immunofluoresence microscopy. Outside of academia, I've worked in hospitals, early startups, and tech companies. I've also worked on three medical devices throughout my undergraduate years, all of which failed, but I've learned a lot about the intersection between health and technology, and the many pitfalls in this growing niche.

Currently, I'm hoping to advance Precision Medicine via computer-aided diagnostics in medical images, exploring semantic segmentation networks and adversarial examples for better medical image understanding. In my M.S., I am advised by Professors Nick Durr and Alan Yuille. Other research interests I have include exploring: novel dimensionality reduction and compression sensing techniques, attention mechanisms in computer vision, and anomaly detection in time-series data.

For Fun

For fun, I like to read heated internet dicussions about stem cell research on PubPeer. Some of my favorite podcasts/blogs that I follow include: Serious Eats, The Moth, EconTalk, and Lior Pachter's WordPress, which is also fairly spicy. When I travel, I like to make friends through pop-up dance and cooking workshops, and conferences.

I also like exploring strange Javascript libraries and CSS layouts, so if this website looks outstandingly egregious, I'm probably going through a rough patch in life, in which I've developed awful tastes in website design. I made this website using Jekyll to teach myself how to use HTML, CSS, and Javascript. At the end of learning experience, I realized that I should have just used WordPress/Squarespace. My dream is to have an all HTML website, because that's legit.


My dream is to moonlight as a line cook and own my own food truck selling Zongzi.


My contact information is: rchen40 (at) jhu (dot) edu. From small projects to big ideas, I'm always open to collaborate! If you're on Homewood Campus, you can usually find me at either: Clark Building Room 202, or Brody M level (my usual study spot).