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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
BIlal

BIlal

PhD

Expertise

Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, & Neuroscience

Neil

Neil

PhD candidate

Expertise

Genome editing, immunology, metabolism, molecular biology, cancer immunotherapy

Rachel

Rachel

PhD candidate

Expertise

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

Aleena

Aleena

PhD

Expertise

Biological Engineering, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology

Haley

Haley

PhD candidate

Expertise

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

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)

Paul

Paul

PhD candidate

Expertise

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

Chanyoung

Chanyoung

PhD

Expertise

Biology of regeneration and stem cells, cancer biology, general biology

Emma

Emma

PhD

Expertise

Scientific communication, biotechnology, bacteriophage research, medical/scientific illustration, experimental-based research, scientific writing (blogs, magazines, primary literature), public speaking, bioengineering, microbiology, virology, biology, bacterial genetics, genetics, genetic sequencing/bioinformatics, molecular engineering, protein design and expression, immunology, project management, conflict resolution, negotiation, storytelling, verbal communication, and leadership.

Matthew

Matthew

PhD candidate

Expertise

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

Max

Max

PhD candidate

Expertise

Biology, aging, cancer, computational biology, stem cell biology, evolutionary biology, genetics, synthetic biology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals

Luke

Luke

PhD

Expertise

Immunology, virology, genetic engineering, CRISPR, design gene therapy using CRISPR, create business model to start a biotech, create pitch deck to raise money for a biotech

Lizzie

Lizzie

PhD candidate

Expertise

Tissue engineering, biotechnology, reproductive health, omics, sequencing, uterine biology, endometriosis, preterm labor, pregnancy, hormones, organ on chip, microfluidics, lab on a chip, cell therapies

Laura

Laura

MS

Expertise

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

Noam

Noam

PhD candidate

Expertise

Synthetic biology, computational biology, machine learning, systems biology

Natalie

Natalie

PhD

Expertise

Electrical engineering - applied physics. Specifically electromagnetic wave-matter interactions and nanotechnology

David

David

PhD

Expertise

Biological Science, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Climate Change Biology, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), Data Science, Bioinformatics, Botany, Environmental Justice & Sustainability, Metabolomics, Population Genetics

Jack

Jack

PhD candidate

Expertise

Cancer biology, molecular biology, biophysics, pharmacology, microscopy.

Berenice

Berenice

MS candidate

Expertise

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

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