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.

Ellis

PhD candidate

Subjects

Literature, Creative Writing, History, Film, Humanities

Expertise

Iberian and Latin American literatures and cultures, contemporary activism and social movements, humor studies, literary analysis, cultural studies, urban studies, creative writing

Education

  • Stanford University, PhD
  • New York University, Masters
  • University of Otago, Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honors

Experience

    Ana

    MD candidate

    Subjects

    Biology

    Expertise

    Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Pre-Medical studies

    Education

    • University of Turin, MD
    • University of Glasgow, BSc Neuroscience

    Experience

    • Research Assistant, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
    • Exchange student building foundations in developmental biology, cellular and molecular biology, University of Barcelona

    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

    Jamie

    Bachelor of Arts candidate

    Subjects

    Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Biology, Chemistry

    Expertise

    Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Linguistics, American Sign Language, Biology, Chemistry, Writing

    Education

    • Princeton University, Bachelor of Arts

    Experience

    • Research Assistant, Boston Children's Hospital
    • Research Assistant, Princeton High Meadows Environmental Institute
    • Tutor, Princeton Tutoring

    Hebert

    Ph.D. candidate

    Subjects

    Robotics, Physics, Math, Engineering, Computer Science

    Expertise

    Basic Mechanics, Electronics, Robotics

    Education

    • University of Michigan, Ph.D.
    • Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, M.Sc.
    • Military Institute of Engineering, B.Sc.

    Experience

    • Armoured Vehicles Engineer / Liaison officer at IVECO (CNH Industrial's Military Vehicles Company), Brazilian Army's Department of Science and Technology

    Eytan

    Master of Science in Real Estate Development candidate

    Subjects

    History, Fine Arts, Architecture, Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences

    Expertise

    Architecture, Architectural History, Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Design, French

    Education

    • MIT, Master of Science in Real Estate Development
    • MIT, Master of Architecture
    • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Bachelor of Science

    Experience

    • Teaching Assistant, MIT

    Alberto

    MA in Economics candidate

    Subjects

    Economics, Finance, Math

    Expertise

    Economics, Statistics, Econometrics, Finance, Mathematics, Accounting

    Education

    • Columbia University, MA in Economics
    • Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo, Specialization in Applied Mathematics
    • Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, BA in Economics

    Experience

    • Teaching Assistant, Columbia University
    • Economist I, Central Bank of the Dominican Republic
    • Junior Analyst, Analytica

    Rachel

    J.D. candidate

    Subjects

    History, Law, Politics

    Expertise

    Government, Politics, Law, Legal Theory, U.S. Legal History, Social Sciences

    Education

    • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
    • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A.

    Experience

    • Summer Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice
    • Communications Intern, Dewey Square Group
    • Hansard Scholar Intern, Parliament of the United Kingdom

    Staci

    PhD candidate

    Subjects

    Other, Biology, Chemistry, Math

    Expertise

    Chemistry, History/Philosophy of Science, Graphical Visualization, Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Geometry

    Education

    • Yale University, PhD
    • St. John's College, MA
    • Middlebury College, BA

    Experience

      Daniel

      PhD

      Subjects

      Physics, Computer Science

      Expertise

      Particle colliders, Coding in physics, Dark matter

      Education

      • MIT, PhD
      • Caltech, BS

      Experience

      • Science Curriculum Designer, IXL Learning
      • Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analyses

      Nicole

      M.D. candidate

      Subjects

      Other, Neuroscience, Biology

      Expertise

      Neuroscience / Medicine / Biology / Psychology / Animal Behavior / Autism / Traumatic Brain Injury / CTE / Neurodegenerative Disease

      Education

      • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, M.D.
      • Princeton University, Ph.D.
      • Princeton University, A.B.

      Experience

      • Research Fellow / PhD Student, Princeton University
      • Lab Manager, Princeton University
      • Student Researcher, Princeton University

      Madalina

      PhD candidate

      Subjects

      Economics, Other

      Expertise

      social psychology, cognitive psychology, experimental psychology, research methods in social sciences, behavioral science, cognitive science

      Education

      • Princeton University, PhD
      • Princeton University, MA
      • University of Rochester, BA

      Experience

      • Research Assistant, University College London
      • Research Assistant, University of Rochester
      • Research Assistant, Princeton University

      William

      Ph.D. candidate

      Subjects

      Other, Physics

      Expertise

      Theoretical physics, astrophysics, cosmology, cybersecurity

      Education

      • Stanford University, Ph.D.
      • Yale University, B.S.

      Experience

        Sarah

        MPhil

        Subjects

        Literature, Creative Writing, History, Other

        Expertise

        Classics, Latin, Ancient Greek, Late Antiquity, Early Religions, Early Christian Church, Animal Behaviour, Ancient Philosophy, Literature

        Education

        • Oxford University, MPhil
        • Princeton University, BA

        Experience

        • Gastwissenschaftlerin - Fulbright Research Scholar, Humboldt Universität

        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

        Jiadi

        Master of Science candidate

        Subjects

        Physics, Math, Engineering

        Expertise

        Design and Manufacturing, 3D printing, Modeling and Control

        Education

        • University of Michigan, Master of Science
        • University of Michigan, Bachelor of science

        Experience

          Derek

          Master of Public Health candidate

          Subjects

          Business, Sports Analytics, Other, Biology, Computer Science

          Expertise

          Statistics, Data Visualization, Data Analytics, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Public Health

          Education

          • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Master of Public Health
          • Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts

          Experience

          • Business Process Improvement, Genentech
          • Marketing Intern, Stanford Social Innovation Review
          • Epidemiology and Data Management Aide, Santa Clara County Public Health Department

          Vladimir

          PhD

          Subjects

          Physics, Math

          Expertise

          Constructive Mathematical Methods in Economics

          Education

          • Uppsala University-Sweden, PhD
          • University of California-Riverside, Master Degree
          • St Petersburg State University-Russia, Diploma (equiv. Masters Degree)

          Experience

          • Post-Doctoral Scholar, ETH Zürich
          • Visiting Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics
          • Post-Doctoral Scholar, Zurich University, Switzerland

          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

          Youlim

          PhD candidate

          Subjects

          Film, Biology, Humanities

          Expertise

          Microbiology, Infectious disease, Biology, Immunology, Film Production

          Education

          • Stanford University, PhD
          • Duke University, Bachelor of Science

          Experience

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