The Kelvin Institute

There are no absolutes.

Our Team

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Al Huang

Albert “Al” Huang

President

“No reality disappoints the skeptic.”

Born and raised in the multicultural Silicon Valley, Albert became accustomed from an early age to observing how differences in culture and background affected peoples' lives. In Baltimore, Athens, and rural China, he began to see how these social variables could influence people's health, quality of life, and life expectancy. To understand what role he can play in righting the health inequities he saw, both in his own family and in society, he pursued an education at Johns Hopkins University, studying human behavior and neuroscience, before starting TKI with Jake and Pat.

Albert intends to lead TKI to become a research, education, and policy think tank that can cover underserved or unaddressed issues in healthcare and beyond, using the research tools gained from years of study at Johns Hopkins and other institutions. An avid writer, he believes in the power of clear, digestible prose in conveying and clarifying ideas important to the public's decision-making, and will strive to make TKI an independent and reliable mouthpiece for America's citizens.

  • Healthcare Policy
  • Social Determinants of Disease
  • Palliative Care
  • Chronic Disease and Long-term Care
  • Science Education

The Health Gap (Dr. Michael Marmot)

Jake Schick

Jacob “Jake” Schick

Vice President

“Be the change you wish to see.”

Jake was born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He attended college at Johns Hopkins University, where he studied molecular and cellular biology. One of Jake's Motivations in joining TKI was through a volunteer experience with Strong City Baltimore. Here, he volunteered with Baltimore residents and tutored adult students in basic Math and English. By working with these students, he recognized the subtle ways education influences our everyday lives.

Jake hopes TKI will play an important role in bridging the gap in science education between academia and the general public. He also looks forward to being part of a progressive organization which influences policy in science and medicine.

Outside of academics, Jake is very interested in art and music. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, and spending time with friends and family.

In 2015, one of Jake’s close family members passed away from an overdose. Remembering her strength and positivity inspires him each day and has been a major motivation to him in entering policy. Through policy, Jake hopes to have a voice in how we think about mental health in the future.

  • Healthcare Costs
  • Drug Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • Science Education
  • Reproductive Health

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot) – This book by Rebecca Skloot discusses Henrietta Lacks, an African-American lady whose cervical cancer cells became the source of the famous HeLa cell line. In doing so, Skloot provides a commentary on important issues in research ethics.

Jake is currently a clinical research assistant at Lancaster General Hospital where he studies Familial Hypercholesterolemia and other disorders in lipid metabolism.

Pat Young

Patrick “Pat” Young

Chief Data Officer

“Follow your gut. Then just do it.”

Patrick hails from the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, enjoying its endless sunshine. He moved to Baltimore to attend college at Johns Hopkins University. Patrick graduated with a Bachelors’ degree with honors in Biology and Natural Sciences with a special interest in biophysical applications.

In TKI, he serves as the Chief Data Officer, managing the company’s databases and analytics workflow. Patrick is interested in learning about innovative biomedical and sociological methods to promote health in society. Living with a brother with autism, disability awareness and advocacy is one of Patrick’s main interests. He desires to dissect this further by finding ways how illness and humanism intersect.

Even though he may not publicly admit it, Patrick holds his mother dearly, as she taught him what it means to be strong in the face of adversity. She encouraged him to be open with others about overcoming personal difficulty, to help him understand and connect with the underserved. He continues to embody this mission today.

  • Health Disparities
  • Disability Rights
  • Rising Healthcare Costs
  • Mortality
  • Mental Illness
  • Human Trafficking

Sad Perfect (Stephanie Elliot) – A book about someone who struggles with eating disorders.

While not working in TKI, Patrick is a Research Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatric Endocrinology studying the cell mechanisms of differentiation in stem cells into pancreatic beta cells.