Our Team and Mission

Polygence is a team of academics and educators united in our passion to make research more widely accessible to all interested students. That is why we decided to establish an education company that has the potential to inspire and transform the academic journeys of generations of students to come. This is how Polygence got started -- excited to mobilize our academic networks in the academic community, we wanted to give the gift of learning and intellectual inquiry to students from all over the world. Polygence is committed to cultivating multi-faceted intelligence -- with mentors covering diverse disciplines across the humanities and STEM, we are excited to embark on a journey to transform education.

Staci Hill

Head of Academics

Education:

Yale University

M.Sc. (2019)
Chemistry

St. John's College

M.A. (2017)
Liberal Arts

Middlebury College

B.A. (2015)
Chemistry

Expertise:

Nutritional Chemistry, Graphical Visualization, Philosophy of Science
Graduate Teaching Award from Yale

Charlotte Werbe

Director of Admissions

Education:

Princeton University

Ph.D. (2018)
French Literature

The University of Massachusetts - Amherst

M.A. (2012)
French Literature

Mount Holyoke College

B.A. (2010)
Education, French Literature

Academic Appointments:

Gettysburg College

(2018-2020)
Assistant Professor

Expertise:

Testimony studies, memory studies, media studies, comics & graphic novels, French and Francophone literature

Lulie El-Ashry

Head of Mentoring

Education:

Harvard University

Ph.D. (2020)
Religion

Harvard University

M.T.S. (2011)
Islamic Studies

American University in Cairo

B.A. (2003)
Political Science: International Relations

Expertise:

Anthropology and Ethnography, Religion and Society, Theater, Literature, Italian and French

George Philip (GP) LeBourdais

Head of Partnerships

Education:

Stanford University

PhD (2018)
History of Art & Architecture

Williams College, Clark Art Institute

M.A. (2008)
History of Art & Architecture

Middlebury College

B.A. (2005)
Art History, French, Italian

Expertise:

History, Art history, Architecture, Photography, Environmental Studies, Critical Studies in Race and Ethnicity

Adam Gyulavari

Head of Engineering

Education:

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

MA. (2015)
Teacher of Engineering
MSc. (2013)
Computer Engineering

Expertise:

Software development, Software engineering, Teaching, Mentoring
Former Software Development Mentor at Green Fox Academy

Victoria Michaels

Student Projects Coordinator

Education:

Johns Hopkins University

B.A. (2017)
International Studies, French Culture, Theatre Studies

Oasis Zhen

Chief of Staff

Education:

Yale University

B.A. (2021)
Ethics, Politics, Economics | Global Affairs

Erin O’Halloran

Mentor Recruitment Coordinator

Education:

University of Oxford

Ph.D.
Global & Imperial History

American University of Beirut

M.S.
Middle Eastern Studies

London School of Economics

B.S.
International Relations & History

Expertise:

International History of the 20th Century; Politics & International Affairs; Modern History of the Middle East & South Asia

Tyler Vitone

Student Success Coordinator

Education:

University of Florida

M.S. (2015)
Entomology

The College of New Jersey

B.S. (2013)
Biology

Expertise:

Ecology, Entomology, Invasive Species, Science Education, Citizen Science

Stephen Weber

Mentor Affairs Coordinator

Education:

University of Georgia

Ph.D. Candidate
Neuroscience

San Jose State University

M.S. (2017)
Molecular and Microbiology

University of California, Santa Cruz

B.S. (2012)
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Expertise:

Neuroscience, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Biology

Levente Belteky

Software Engineer

Education:

Eötvös Loránd University

Computer Software Engineering

Expertise:

Software Engineering, Software Development Mentorship
Former Software Development Mentor at Green Fox Academy

István Kozma

Software Developer

Education:

Green Fox Academy

Certificate of Completion (2018)
Junior Web Developer

Eötvös Loránd University

BA (2015)
Chemistry

Expertise:

Software development, Software engineering

Tamas Czabai

Software Engineer

Education:

Green Fox Academy

Certificate of Completion (2017)
Junior Web Developer

University of Szeged

MSc (2020)
Chemistry
BSc. (2014)
Computational Chemistry

Expertise:

Software development, Software engineering

Ramona Gyorfi

Mentor Recruitment Specialist

Education:

Lake Forest College

B.A. (2020)
Psychology

Balint Hompot

Mobile Application Developer

Education:

University of Amsterdam

M.Sc. candidate
Artificial Intelligence

University of Groningen

B.Sc. (2019)
Artificial Intelligence

Corvinus University of Budapest

B.A. (2015)
International Business

Expertise:

Mobile Development, Software Engineering, AI, Machine Learning

Daniel Horvath

Software Developer

Education:

Corvinus University of Budapest

BSc. (2017)
Business IT

Expertise:

Software development, Web development

Zoe Wallace

Content Creation Intern

Education:

Stanford University

B.A. (2022)
English Literature

Expertise:

20th and 21st Literature, Creative Writing, Cultural Psychology, and Race & Ethnic Studies

Nadia Shalaby

Strategy Advisor

Education:

MIT

M.B.A.

Harvard University

Ph.D.
Computer Science

Alexandria University

M.Sc.
Computer Science

Expertise:

Serial technology entrepreneur and investor

Dennis Yang

Advisor

CEO of Udemy (2014-2017)

Education:

Stanford University

M.B.A.

Frank Visciano

Advisor

COO of Udemy (2013-2019)

Education:

Stanford University

M.B.A.

Swarthmore College

B.A.

Dora Demszky

Educational Advisor

Education:

Stanford University

Ph.D. candidate
Computational Linguistics

Princeton University

B.A. (2017)
Linguistics and Computer Science

Expertise:

Computational Linguistics, Analysis of Textual Data, Computational Social Science

Kevin Wong

Educational Advisor

Education:

University of California, Berkeley

B.A. (2016)
Physics and Engineering

Expertise:

World War 2, 20th-Century French Literature, Graphic Novels and Comics, Cinema and Media Studies, Memoir and Life Writing, Testimony Studies

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