Meet Our Class of 2018 Fellows: Tyler Hayes


London Business School

Tyler is an MBA candidate at London Business School and an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School, from both of which he will graduate in 2020. A New Jersey native, Tyler received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University, where he double-majored in French & Italian Studies and minored in Economics. While at Harvard, Tyler worked as a researcher at the University's Stem Cell Institute, where he developed experimental pipelines to study drugs in clinical trial for stem cell transplants in leukemia. Tyler's clinical experience has centered on groundbreaking cancer care across several of Harvard's world-renowned hospitals.

Previously, Tyler was a project leader in oral cancer at the Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine at King's College London, where he also received a Master of Research in Translational Cancer Medicine. His work on the mutations that drive oral cancer has been published and presented internationally. After his undergraduate studies, Tyler won a Fulbright Scholarship to Switzerland, where he improved stem cell technologies for skin grafts at l'École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.

Emboldened to ignite positive change in the LGBTQ community, Tyler helped lead Duke's biannual weekend-long diversity retreat focused on race, gender, socioeconomic status and sexuality. At Harvard, he fought to address gaps in LGBT access and outcomes in healthcare with the medical school's LGBT organization.

Outside of the classroom and hospital, Tyler can be found tutoring high school students in science and math, expanding his repertoire of vegetarian dishes or practicing Dutch with his partner Sam.


What made you consider business school?

Despite my rich experiences in biomedical research and patient care, it became clear that one fundamental piece of my training in "translational" medicine was missing - an understanding of the mechanisms that target and invest in viable discoveries, finance their transformation through clinical trial to therapy and ultimately bring them to the global marketplace. I intend to capitalize on my MBA experience by understanding the forces that drive innovation across key players in drug development and helping to close the gaps that stall innovation between them.


What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am most excited to meet my fellow students who represent every corner of the globe and whose life and career experiences are equally as varied. I'm also looking forward to being a part of LBS' Out in Business Club and helping organize its annual EUROUT conference, which brings together hundreds of LGBTQ MBA students and top-tier employers from all over Europe and beyond.


Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

As someone who didn't grew up surrounded by any LGBTQ role models, I am most inspired by those leaders who have braved ostracizing themselves professionally by being proud and vocal members of the LGBTQ community. Ian McKellen, Billie Jean King, Ellen Degeneres, Anderson Cooper, Caitlyn Jenner and skier Gus Kenworthy are some names that come to mind.


What's one thing everyone should know about you?

I am a die-hard fan of the TV show The Great British Bake Off, and, while the UK might not be known for its culinary contributions to the world, I can't wait to eat my way across the UK over the next two years one pie, pudding, tart, and trifle at a time.

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