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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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Kelly

Kelly

PhD candidate

Expertise

Neural circuits, neuroscience

Colin

Colin

PhD candidate

Expertise

Engineering, renewable energy, energy storage, energy policy, electricity markets, mechanical design, fabrication and design for manufacture

Garrett

Garrett

PhD candidate

Expertise

machine learning (especially reinforcement learning and meta-learning); robotics, Computer Science, reinforcement learning, AI/ML, deep learning, math

Alyssa

Alyssa

MBA

Expertise

business strategy, analytics, economics

Ryan

Ryan

PhD candidate

Expertise

Science Technology and Society (STS) studies , China-US socio-economic relations, Anthropology of capitalism, Ocean-based development

Joseph

Joseph

PhD

Expertise

Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Cancer Research

Xenia

Xenia

JD/PhD

Expertise

Entrepreneurship, Startups, Venture Capital, Corporate Law, Business Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity

Michelle

Michelle

PhD candidate

Expertise

sociology, social movements, social psychology, social media, gender, anthropology, urban studies, theory

Matthew

Matthew

PhD candidate

Expertise

machine learning, mathematical modeling, data science, time-series analysis, dynamical systems

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

Jonathan

Jonathan

MD candidate

Expertise

Medicine

Riya

Riya

PhD candidate

Expertise

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

William

William

PhD candidate

Expertise

Computer Science, Machine Learning, Robotics, Control Algorithms

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn

MA candidate

Expertise

Music, Theatre, Education

Lei

Lei

PhD

Expertise

mental health among Asian international and Asian American college students, bilingual (Mandarin/English) counseling, research methods and designs, blog/vlog/podcast creation

David

David

MD/PhD candidate

Expertise

Biology, chemistry, math, statistics, computer science

Alexandra

Alexandra

PhD

Expertise

politics, international relations, public opinion, quantitative social science, political psychology, market research, data visualization

Riasat

Riasat

PhD candidate

Expertise

Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Graphic Design

Grace

Grace

PhD candidate

Expertise

sensory neuroscience, 2 photon calcium imaging, behavior, social behavior, electrophyisology

Imad

Imad

PhD candidate

Expertise

Astronomy: Galaxies, Astronomy:Machine Learning, Astronomy:Data Analysis