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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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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

Veronica

Veronica

MS

Expertise

Genetic counseling, human genetics, healthcare

Lars

Lars

JD

Expertise

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

Donovan

Donovan

PhD

Expertise

Social Science, Political Science, Public Policy, American Politics, Race and Ethnicity, Social Psychology, Public Opinion, Socialization, Political Behavior, & Political Psychology

Arnel Blake

Arnel Blake

PhD

Expertise

Epistemology, feminist philosophy, philosophy of language, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of science

Shaylyn

Shaylyn

PhD candidate

Expertise

Developmental biology, cell biology, developmental neuroscience, sensory neuroscience, hearing development, hearing loss, psychology of music, societal importance of music, medicine, LGBTQ public health issues, healthcare access issues

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

Jordan

Jordan

PhD candidate

Expertise

Stem cells, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Cancer Metabolism, Microbiology, Pathogenesis, Metabolism, Microscopy

Marcella

Marcella

MBA candidate

Expertise

Finance, Banking, Payments, Entrepreneurship, Organizational Behavior

Meg

Meg

PhD candidate

Expertise

Materials Sciences/ Applied Physics / Electrical Engineering

Nila

Nila

PhD candidate

Expertise

Genetics, meiosis, Drosophila melanogaster, DNA repair, recombination,

Will

Will

PhD candidate

Expertise

Ethics, Political Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Work with Philosophy and the social sciences, Writing for the Humanities, philosophical ideas in film and literature

HEAVEN

HEAVEN

MPH candidate

Expertise

Public Health, Health Policy, Community Health Sciences, Immigrant health, Medicine & public health

Will

Will

PhD candidate

Expertise

philosophy of language (and linguistics), cognitive science (especially neuroscience and psychology), environmental ethics, ethics of artificial intelligence

Jacob

Jacob

PhD candidate

Expertise

Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Bioethics

Riya

Riya

PhD candidate

Expertise

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

Erin

Erin

PhD candidate

Expertise

Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Bioethics, Marine Bio

Jack

Jack

MD/PhD

Expertise

Processing and materials science of biomaterials

Kendra

Kendra

PhD candidate

Expertise

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