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Research Program 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.

Biotech
Joseph

Joseph

PhD

Expertise

Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Cancer Research

Alexa

Alexa

MA

Expertise

infectious diseases (esp. tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS), diagnostics (e.g. COVID, breast cancer, tuberculosis), bioanalytical chemistry, single molecule techniques, other topics in biochemical/biomedical research, chemistry related to the ocean

Berenice

Berenice

MS candidate

Expertise

Medical Device Design, Assistive Technology Design, Low-cost Technology, Biomechanics, Synthetic Biology

Haley

Haley

PhD candidate

Expertise

I would like to mentor students in neuroscience, epilepsy, immunology, cancer biology, molecular biology and biotechnology.

Victoria

Victoria

PhD candidate

Expertise

Plant Biology, Molecular Genetics, Genetics, Biochemistry

Paul

Paul

PhD candidate

Expertise

Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, Tissue Engineering, Bioengineering, Cartilage, Chemistry, Protein Synthesis

Jordan

Jordan

PhD

Expertise

Pharmaceutical sciences, nanomedicines, drug delivery, virology, cancer biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, biotechnology, biotech entrepreneurship

Edward

Edward

PhD candidate

Expertise

Engineering, Biology, Pharmacology, Mathematics, Physics

Rachel

Rachel

PhD candidate

Expertise

biology, ecology, marine biology, zoology, conservation, anatomy, botany, biomechanics, biochemistry, 3D printing, engineering

Anthony

Anthony

PhD

Expertise

Glial biology, neuroscience, brain cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, neuroinflammation, multiple sclerosis

Preethy

Preethy

PhD

Expertise

Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Educational Equity, Social Justice, Organizational Leadership, Public Speaking, Gender Equality, Race Equality

Kyler

Kyler

PhD

Expertise

Microbiology, Microbiome, Bacteriology, Pathogens, IBD, Intestine, Immunology

Morgan

Morgan

PhD

Expertise

Immunology, Molecular Biology, Gene Regulation

Shashwat

Shashwat

MD/PhD candidate

Expertise

Neurosurgery, Neuro-Oncology, Neurology, Medical Imaging

Jennifer

Jennifer

PhD candidate

Expertise

Bioengineering, bioinformatics, math, physics

Sharifa

Sharifa

PhD candidate

Expertise

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

Matthew

Matthew

PhD candidate

Expertise

Plant Biology, Plant Biochemistry and Genetics, Plant-Microbe Interactions

Anish

Anish

MS

Expertise

Neurodegenerative Diseases (Glaucoma, Alzheimers, Parkinsons, etc), Neuroimaging Technologies (MRI, CT, etc.), Neurotrauma (Concussions, Blast impact), Sports Medicine (new treatments, diagnostic tests), Medical Device ideation and design for underserved communities, Anything related to statistical analysis and/or data science (any industry/subject area)

Julian

Julian

PhD candidate

Expertise

Data science, statistics, bioinformatics, machine learning (logistic regression, SVM, feature engineering), genomics, projects with genetically-encoded fluorescent sensors, projects in C. elegans, projects in E. coli

Laura

Laura

MS

Expertise

Marine Biology, Coral Reef Ecology, Coral Reef Restoration, Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology