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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.

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Riya

Riya

PhD candidate

Expertise

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

Jordan

Jordan

MA candidate

Expertise

Social science research, sociology, marriage and family therapy, psychosocial development, systemic therapy, systems theory, social injustice, food insecurity, homelessness, and emotional and behavioral health

Selena

Selena

PhD candidate

Expertise

Cancer Research, Brain Cancer, Novel Cancer Treatments, Immunology, Immunotherapy, Science Communication

Sarah

Sarah

DMD

Expertise

Dentistry, Biology, Dance, Bioethics

Abrar

Abrar

PhD

Expertise

Cancer biology, Bioinformatics, Genomics/Genetics, Medicine/Health, Scientific writing

Jack

Jack

MD/PhD

Expertise

Processing and materials science of biomaterials

Blake

Blake

DMD

Expertise

Dentistry, Medicine, Surgery, Pathology, Anatomy, Research

Emily

Emily

PhD candidate

Expertise

Biology, RNA biology, bioethics, science writing, genetics, genome editing, antiracism and science, public health

Nikhith

Nikhith

PhD candidate

Expertise

Tissue Regeneration, Stem Cell Biology and Ethics, Cardiac Tissue Engineering

Soumya

Soumya

MD

Expertise

Biology, public health, health care ethics, medicine, health care policy

Dalton

Dalton

PhD

Expertise

Survey and interview research methods; Archival research methods; Science Communication; Public Engagement with ScienceSocial, ethical, and policy issues with biotechnology (Agricultural, medical, or environmental); Socio-economic impacts of biotechnology; Environmental impacts of biotechnology; Applications of synthetic biology and bioengineering; Public and stakeholder perceptions on emerging technology; Projects investigating applications and/or impacts of environmental policy; Environmental ethics and politics; Bioethics and biotechnology policy; Social and ethical challenges of sustainability; Sustainability politics; Socio-economic impacts of sustainability innovation (e.g. renewable energy; carbon capture); Sociology of science and innovation; Philosophy of science and innovation; History of science and innovation;

Carrie

Carrie

PhD candidate

Expertise

limnology, biogeochemistry, conservation, environmental science, science communication, education, inclusive science

Erin

Erin

PhD candidate

Expertise

Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Bioethics, Marine Bio

Jacob

Jacob

PhD candidate

Expertise

Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Bioethics

Lars

Lars

JD

Expertise

Law, intellectual property, health law and policy, bioethics, tech law and innovation

Lars

Lars

JD

Expertise

Law, intellectual property, health law and policy, bioethics, tech law and innovation

Grace

Grace

MA candidate

Expertise

Philosophy, history of philosophy, ethics, bioethics, action theory, philosophy of neuroscience, medical ethics, meta-ethics, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Anscombe, Wittgenstein

Grace

Grace

MA candidate

Expertise

Philosophy, history of philosophy, ethics, bioethics, action theory, philosophy of neuroscience, medical ethics, meta-ethics, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Anscombe, Wittgenstein

Margaret

Margaret

MD

Expertise

Asthma, health disparities

Kendra

Kendra

PhD candidate

Expertise

neuroimmunology, neurodevelopment, developmental biology, glia, neurodegenerative disorders, neurobiology, science ethics, music & neuroscience