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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.

Creative Writing
Riya

Riya

PhD candidate

Expertise

Genomics, CRISPR-gene editing, genome architecture, social justice in STEM, Art in STEM, creative writing (poetry/short stories)

Matthew

Matthew

MFA

Expertise

Graphic design, data science, sustainability, participatory design, information design, sound design, film making, photography, creative writing, user experience design

Catalina

Catalina

MFA

Expertise

creative writing, literature, fiction, narrative, multimedia, creative nonfiction

Daniel

Daniel

PhD

Expertise

International Psychology; Global Mental Health; Counseling; Capacity Building; Disability Justice; Disability Education; Juvenile Justice; Leadership

Cayla

Cayla

MS

Expertise

Interdisciplinary or Exploratory Projects, Writing/Research, Music and Recording/Music Production, Journalism, Creative/Fiction and Nonfiction Writing, Psychology/Sociology Research

Amalia

Amalia

PhD candidate

Expertise

Cognitive Science; Developmental Psychology; Computational Modeling; Scientific and Creative Writing; Literature; Film

Brian

Brian

MD/MS candidate

Expertise

Narrative Medicine, Creative Non-Fiction, Immunology, Biology

Cindy

Cindy

PhD candidate

Expertise

Counseling psychology, minority youth and families, immigrant mental health, adolescent mental health and risk factors, Asian American mental health, cultural identity, bilingualism, parent-child relationships and intergenerational conflict, academic/research writing

Bridgette

Bridgette

Industry expert

Expertise

Creating writing, poetry, hybrid, zine, anthology, community engagement, gardening

Sophia

Sophia

MS candidate

Expertise

Cognitive Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Psychology, Political Science, Multiculturalism, Human Rights, Restorative Practices, Anti-Racism

Max

Max

Industry expert

Expertise

Photography entrepreneur videography

Nia

Nia

PhD

Expertise

Conservation, biology, ecology and evolution, climate change and sustainability, genomics and genetics, science writing, fiction and non-fiction writing

sarah

sarah

PhD candidate

Expertise

cancer biology, biology, genetics

Kalifa

Kalifa

MD candidate

Expertise

Projects that approach medicine from a public health perspective; Understanding the global implications of health policy; Using quantitative and qualitative analysis

Patrick

Patrick

MFA

Expertise

Literature; Creative Writing; Religious Studies; Philosophy; Theology; German Language

Rebecca

Rebecca

MA

Expertise

Memorialization culture (monuments, memorials, and museums); Public history; Genocide, crimes against humanity, and mass atrocities; History of human rights; Germany [German literature, poetry, film, and art]; 20th century; World War II

Jade

Jade

PhD

Expertise

Linguistics, Translation, Arabic Language and Literature, Spanish Language and Literature, cross-cultural awareness, intercultural communication, comparative literature, European linguistics, cultural studies, humanities

chloe

chloe

MFA

Expertise

interdisciplinary arts and mixed media, documentary-based research projects, filmmaking, poetry and essays, environmental arts, oral history and interview techniques

Phillip

Phillip

MFA candidate

Expertise

Creative Writing, Law, English, Philosophy

Katrina

Katrina

MA

Expertise

Creative writing; Prose fiction; Poetry; Literary Analysis; Mythology and Folklore analysis; Science Fiction and Fantasy; World building; Film theory and history; Screenwriting