Phillip Tan is a data scientist in the San Francisco Bay Area. He recently graduated from the Metis data science program, where he most notably created a mobile web app that turns a snapshot of your ingredients into recipe recommendations. Prior to becoming a Metis alum, Phillip studied neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. When he isn't glued to his computer, Phillip spends his time at the gym, dog-sitting his sister's furry child, improving his French, or traveling the world. Phillip gets his dose of reality TV from politics, small-talk ammo from basketball/football, drama from House of Cards, and comedy from Rick and Morty. Also, Phillip is the champion of his fantasy football league and a retired poker player. He is currently training for the Tough Mudder NorCal event in Ocotober and just recently discovered a newfound love for golf.
Phillip was born and raised in the suburbs of the Bay Area, as the son of two refugees. His father escaped the Cambodian Genocide and his mother the Vietnam War—both to Paris, France before ultimately settling in California. His parents grew up wealthy in Southeast Asia before losing it all amidst the violence, but still managed to raise Phillip and his sister among middle-class friends in middle-class neighborhoods. Both his parents are the epitome of hard-working immigrants, who preached to him and sister that knowledge is the only thing that is out of reach for any war or genocide.
Phillip chose to study neuroscience at one of the top public schools in the nation. A product of his tendency to have frequent existential crises, Phillip was drawn to the idea of studying human consciousness. At the University of California, Davis, Phillip was extremely active all over campus, partly because it was his childhood dream to become a doctor and partly because he needed to contribute financially. As a pre-med student, Phillip completed his senior thesis at a neurology lab that studied anxiety and depression in females, helped coordinate the largest student-run health conference in the nation, volunteered at the UC Davis Medical Center, and worked in the legal department for a major health insurance company. In addition, Phillip was an intramural sports referee and tutored college calculus.
In his third year of college, in an attempt to discover a part of his heritage, Phillip spent six months living in Paris, France. During this time, he was fortunate enough to reconnect with family and also backpack a good majority of Western Europe.
In an attempt to impact the scientific community on a larger scale, Phillip is turning a career once destined for medicine or research into a career in data science. He most recently graduated from the Metis data science program in San Francisco, and plans to gain experience in the field through employment.