Nathan Lian

Nathan Lian is a junior from San Diego, California. At Columbia Engineering, he hopes to explore the convergence of business and healthcare, while pursuing degrees in Operations Research, Economics, and Entrepreneurship.

Nathan Lian

In high school, Nathan received funding from the San Diego Supercomputer Center and the J. Craig Venter Institute and worked closely with the Moore’s Cancer Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute to develop non-invasive personalized treatments and diagnostic techniques for cancers and neurological disorders. He also extensively studied conjugation between gammaproteobacteria and diatoms to help discover the presence of episomal DNA within marine diatoms. Nathan’s research efforts have led to his co-authoring of several publications in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Oncotarget and pending publications in PLOS and eLife.

During his first year at Columbia, Nathan joined Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic’s lab, where he worked on orthopedic tissue engineering, specifically conditions and platforms for better joint transplant maintenance and survival. After another year of research, Nathan turned to the world of startups and was brought onto the business development and management teams of CatheCare. There, he developed a keen interest in the business sector and has applied himself to the field ever since, joining the likes of 180 Degrees Consulting as a lead consultant, CollegeVine as an Applications Consultant, and Heritage Fund Management LLC as a junior analyst. This past summer, he worked as a buyside equity research summer analyst at Saola Capital Management, where he covered the Chinese healthcare sector. Next summer, he will be joining JPMorgan as an investment banking summer analyst.

Beyond his academic interests, Nathan enjoys collecting watches, playing guitar, eating, surfing, scuba diving, and playing soccer or lacrosse with his friends and family.