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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.

Public Health
Ambika

Ambika

DVM candidate

Expertise

global health, access to medicine, veterinary

Cassie

Cassie

MA/PHD candidate

Expertise

Psychology, Public Health, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Neurodevelopment Disabilities, Access to Mental Health Services

Jocelyn

Jocelyn

MPH candidate

Expertise

public health, community health, early childhood development, maternal and child health

Chyana

Chyana

MPH candidate

Expertise

Biology, public health, mental health and wellness, math, problem solving, the scientific method, anatomy, microbiology research, structural biology research, medical terminology, community outreach, public speaking

Ana

Ana

MS

Expertise

Biology, Neuroscience, Epidemiology, Neuroepidemiology, Social and Behavioral Epidemiology, Developmental Psychology, Behavioral Psychology

Riya

Riya

DMD candidate

Expertise

Biology, Dentistry, Medicine, Public Health, Community Service/Philanthropy, Biomedical Sciences, Entrepreneurship

Juliana

Juliana

MPH candidate

Expertise

Mental health research, cognitive science, public health, health policy, disability studies

Shefali

Shefali

MPA candidate

Expertise

Ophthalmology, Medicine, Health disparities, health policy

Sophia

Sophia

PhD

Expertise

data science, health data, infectious disease epidemiology, public health, international health, community assessments, survey research, science communication, servant leadership, technical writing, econometrics

Melanie

Melanie

MS

Expertise

Human Biology, pre-medicine, and healthcare management

Natalie

Natalie

MD candidate

Expertise

Global health, human physiology, biology, neuroscience, neurobiology, medicine, surgery

Francesca

Francesca

PhD candidate

Expertise

health psychology (e.g., how psychology and biology are related, how physical and mental health influence each other), stress/adversity, parent-child relationships, adolescent development, role of immune system in health, role of gut microbiome in health

Gracie

Gracie

PhD candidate

Expertise

Global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); environmental microbiology; behavior change; environmental science; global public health

Angelo

Angelo

PhD

Expertise

Public health, Health Education and Promotion, Health Policy, Health inequities, Health disparities, Healthcare services, Implementation, Evaluation, Community Based Participatory Research, Systematic Review, Qualitative studies

Madison

Madison

JD

Expertise

biology, law, ethics, government policy, literary analysis, intersection of law and morality, legal writing, legal research, conflict resolution, religious freedom

Soumya

Soumya

MD

Expertise

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

Oluwaseyi

Oluwaseyi

MD

Expertise

mental health, psychiatry, public health, health disparities, health inequity, medicine, reproductive health, maternal health,

Emily

Emily

MPH

Expertise

infectious disease, harm reduction/substance use, unhoused populations, trauma-informed care

Kara

Kara

MPH

Expertise

Neuroscience, Psychology, Public Health, Epidemiology, Research Methods

Margaret

Margaret

MD

Expertise

Asthma, health disparities