Our mentors

Polygence mentors are selected based on their exceptional academic background, teaching experience, and unique ability to inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers and industry leaders.

Siddhartha

PhD candidate

Subjects

Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Math, Engineering, Computer Science

Expertise

Mathematical Biology, Theoretical Biophysics

Education

  • Princeton University, PhD
  • Harvard College, A.B

Experience

    Kevin

    J.D. candidate

    Subjects

    Law, Politics, Humanities, Social Sciences

    Expertise

    Philosophy, Law, Social Sciences

    Education

    • Yale Law School, J.D.
    • University of Oxford, BPhil
    • Princeton University, AB

    Experience

      Melanie

      PhD

      Subjects

      Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Math, Computer Science

      Expertise

      Biophysics, bioinformatics, statistics, data science, machine learning, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry

      Education

      • Stanford University, PhD
      • Oberlin College, BA

      Experience

      • Bioinformatics Scientist, Centrillion Biosciences

      Bernardo

      Ph.D. candidate

      Subjects

      Engineering

      Expertise

      Aircraft design and simulation, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

      Education

      • University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor, Ph.D.
      • University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor, Master of Science in Engineering
      • Princeton University, Bachelor of Science in Engineering

      Experience

      • Aerodynamics and Aeroacoustics Intern, A3 by Airbus
      • Advanced Engine Design Intern, Pratt and Whitney

      Emma

      PhD candidate

      Subjects

      Biology, Chemistry, Engineering

      Expertise

      Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, Molecular Biology, Molecular Biophysics, Molecular Medicine, Synthetic Biology

      Education

      • Harvard University, PhD
      • Yale University, Bachelor of Science

      Experience

      • Graduate student, Harvard University
      • Undergraduate researcher, Yale University
      • Research Assistant, Laboratory for Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester

      Robert

      PhD candidate

      Subjects

      Physics, Chemistry, Engineering

      Expertise

      semiconductor physics, mechanical engineering design, analog circuit design, chemical engineering, renewable energy

      Education

      • Harvard University, PhD
      • Purdue Univeristy, BS Physics, BS Mechanical Engineering

      Experience

        Devi

        BA

        Subjects

        Other, Neuroscience, Biology

        Expertise

        Applications of neuroimaging in understanding neurocognitive disorders, end-of-life care (i.e. hospice care), learning (from a neurobiological perspective), memory, the intersection of science and society (i.e. topics like nature vs. nurture)

        Education

        • Duke University, BA

        Experience

        • Research Assistant, National Institutes of Mental Health

        Sarah

        PhD candidate

        Subjects

        History

        Expertise

        Archaeology, Classics, Art History, Ancient Greek, Humanities

        Education

        • Harvard University, PhD
        • Harvard University, MA
        • Columbia University, MA
        • Dickinson College, BA

        Experience

        • Curatorial, Harvard Art Museums

        Elizabeth

        PhD

        Subjects

        Literature, History, Film, Humanities, Social Sciences

        Expertise

        European and Middle East History, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, French Literature,

        Education

        • Columbia University, PhD
        • Columbia University, MA
        • University of Oxford, Joint Honors BA

        Experience

        • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
        • Research Fellow, The British Academy

        Robert

        Ph. D candidate

        Subjects

        Fine Arts, Other, Biology, Chemistry

        Expertise

        Molecular Biology, Immunology, Virology, Biochemistry, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID19)

        Education

        • Princeton University, Ph. D
        • Princeton University, Master of Arts
        • Columbia University in the City of New York, Bachelor of Arts

        Experience

        • Laboratory Technician II, Columbia University Medical Center
        • Research Assistant, Columbia University in the City of New York

        Katie

        Master of Science

        Subjects

        Math, Engineering

        Expertise

        Structural Engineering

        Education

        • University of California - Los Angeles, Master of Science
        • University of Washington, Bachelor of Science

        Experience

        • Project Engineer, Thornton Tomasetti
        • Engineer II, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

        Kristen

        Research Scholars Initiative

        Subjects

        Economics, Social Sciences

        Expertise

        Economics (Macro & Micro), Introductory Coding for Finance & Economics

        Education

        • Harvard University, Research Scholars Initiative
        • Texas A&M University, M.S.
        • Texas A&M University, B.S.

        Experience

        • Teaching Fellow, Harvard University
        • Hedge Fund Fundamentals Analyst, Skylar Capital
        • Equities Data Analyst, Bloomberg

        Jessica

        Ph.D.

        Subjects

        Biology

        Expertise

        Biology, Neuroscience

        Education

        • College de France, Ph.D.
        • Universita degli studi di Padova, Molecular Biology
        • Universita degli studi di Padova, Molecular Biology

        Experience

        • Postdoc, Harvard University

        Mahmoud

        PhD candidate

        Subjects

        Politics, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Math, Engineering

        Expertise

        Science policy, electrochemistry, combustion, energy, environment

        Education

        • MIT, PhD
        • Ohio University, Bachelor's

        Experience

        • Student Researcher, Idaho National Lab
        • Chemical Engineering Intern, Solvay
        • Visiting Student Researcher, University of Pittsburgh

        Gabrielle

        Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)

        Subjects

        Other, Neuroscience

        Expertise

        Neuroscience, Kinesiology, Healthcare, Public Health, Physical Rehabilitation

        Education

        • Washington University School of Medicine, Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)
        • University of Michigan, BS

        Experience

        • Lecturer, Washington University in St. Louis

        Amy

        PhD

        Subjects

        Fine Arts, Biology

        Expertise

        Cancer Biology, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Science Communication

        Education

        • Stanford University, PhD
        • University of Pennsylvania, BA

        Experience

        • NIH/NCI Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

        Beliz

        PhD candidate

        Subjects

        Math, Engineering, Computer Science

        Expertise

        Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Medical AI

        Education

        • Stanford University, PhD
        • Stanford University, Master of Science
        • University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Science

        Experience

        • Research Intern, Google AI Research
        • Research Intern, Facebook AI Research
        • Research Intern, Microsoft Research

        Ryan

        M.Sc. Computer Science

        Subjects

        Computer Science

        Expertise

        computer science, algorithmic design, application development, distributed systems, data visualization

        Education

        • Arizona State University, M.Sc. Computer Science
        • Arizona State University, B.Sc. Computer Science

        Experience

        • Senior Software Engineer, Nordstrom
        • Software Team Lead, Connexta (Geospatial Intelligence Agency)
        • Graduate Software Engineering Intern, ExxonMobil

        Kailie

        B.A. candidate

        Subjects

        Journalism, Film, Music, Environmental Science, Psychology

        Expertise

        psychology, environmental science, history, decision making, entrepreneurship, marketing, film/media, religious studies

        Education

        • Princeton University, B.A.

        Experience

        • Marketing and Video Production Intern, Adaptive Alternatives
        • Marketing Intern, Last Call for Food
        • Head Lifeguard, Santa Barbara County

        Sharifa

        PhD candidate

        Subjects

        Biology, Computer Science

        Expertise

        Python, R, C++, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Systems Biology, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Data Science, Fellowship applications, College applications

        Education

        • Harvard University / Harvard Medical School, PhD
        • Union College, Bachelor of Science

        Experience

        • Software Engineering Resident,​, Google
        • Genetics Scholar, Stanford University School of Medicine
        • Caltech SURF Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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