Stephanie Choi, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Hey Dunster! I am currently a first year at HMS and graduated from Harvard College in 2013 with a concentration in economics. As an undergrad, I lived in Cabot House and really did love the quad (!), but that trek is way too far without a bike. I’m super psyched to join Dunster this year as a non-resident tutor. I spent a gap year abroad before medical school to do work with North Korean refugees and have also done work in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania during college. Let me know if you want to talk about global health, travel, fellowships, being pre-med as a non-science concentrator, or any other life things. In my free time, I love to run and recently signed up for my 5th Boston Marathon. If you’ve ever considered trying a marathon as part of your life bucket list, come find me and I’ll be happy to help convince you. Feel free to contact me at any time – I’m excited to meet you all!
Edward Chu, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Email: Ewchu [at] partners.org
Hi everyone. My name is Edward Chu and I am one of the internal medicine residents at Massachusetts General Hospital. Originally from Orlando, FL but somehow found my way up the East Coast. My path into medicine is the least bit straightforward so if you are non-traditional student in need of some perspective feel free to seek me out. I studied biomedical engineering at Duke but was entirely confused about what to do with life. Took the MCAT, GRE and GMAT and then interviewed for finance, consulting and engineering jobs. Ultimately worked two years for Medtronic before attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During that time, I was on the admission committee and encountered a wide spectrum of amazing applicants. Needless to say, this has been a long but rewarding journey for me. Please let me know if I can help out with your application in any way!
Esther Chung, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Hi Dunster meese! My name is Esther, and I’m a first-year medical student at HMS and just recently graduated from Harvard & can’t seem to fully leave D-Haus in my past. I live over in Longwood but I’ll be around in the Square to grab some weekend meals because Lamont is still my favorite study space (no joke). During undergrad, I worked at the Brigham’s Neurosurgery Lab and am continuing to pursue my interests in that field, or more broadly, in surgery. I’m on the board for Assoc. of Women Surgeons and APAMSA and volunteer at the pediatric HMS-student run clinic in Revere. I miss all the restaurants in Cambridge so feel free to contact me for a meal if you have questions about my experience with the med school applying process or anything else about life! :)
Steven Corsello, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Email: corsello [at] gmail.com
Greetings Dunster. I grew up in Rochester, NY and studied biochemistry at Harvard. I went on to attend Harvard Medical School and served as a Dunster resident tutor. I completed my internal medicine training at MGH and am currently a fellow in hematology and oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. My research interests include cancer biology and genomics. I am an avid skier and also enjoy running. Please don’t hesitate to contact me and I hope to get to know many of you this year.
Michael Coulter, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Hi, I’m Mike Coulter, one of the non-resident pre-med tutors here in Dunster. I graduated from Dunster House in 2008 and am currently an HST MD student. This year I’m doing a research year studying genetics and neuroscience in Chris A Walsh’s lab at Children’s Hospital Boston. I’m happy to answer any questions about applying to medical school and what life is like in med school. I look forward to meeting many of you.
Max Darnell, Non-Resident Tutor in Engineering
Hi everyone! My name is Max and I’m really excited to be a Non-Resident Tutor. Originally from Texas, I did undergrad at UT Austin in mechanical engineering and now am starting the 4th year of my PhD in SEAS, working in Dave Mooney’s lab on tissue engineering. I’m also very interested in entrepreneurship, whether that’s what’s going on in tech, your zany startup idea, or the latest biotech IPO. Outside of intellectual pursuits, I love getting outside to run, backpack, climb, and my newest (entirely responsible) hobby of running ultramarathons. So hunt me down anytime and I’d love to chat!
Scott Elman, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Email: scott.a.elman [at] gmail.com
Hi Dunster! I’m one of the non-resident tutors and am a second year student at Harvard Medical School. I’m originally from Livingston, NJ and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2011, where I studied biochemistry, Spanish, and psychology. In between my undergraduate studies and medical school, I worked as a long-term substitute teacher, and found it to be an incredible rewarding experience. Please feel free to ask me about college, medical school or anything else on your mind! I found the advising that I received during my time as an undergraduate was very helpful, and I’m looking forward to paying it forward to you all. Send me an e-mail or stop me in the dining hall if you ever want to chat.
Justin Koh, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Hey Meese! I grew up in Los Angeles, CA and graduated from Harvard College in 2012, concentrating in Chemistry, with a concurrent Masters from the GSAS in Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Most importantly, I’m also a proud former Dunster resident! Med school brought me back home to UCLA, and I’m back in Boston as an Orthopedic Surgery resident at Boston Medical Center. I’m so thrilled to be working with you all – please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about med school, residency, or really anything else!
Nicole De Paz, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Email: nicole.depaz [at] gmail.com
Hi Dunster! My name is Nicole de Paz, and I’m a pediatrics resident at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. I just finished up medical school at Harvard (Class of 2016) and am super excited to be a Dunster non-res tutor this year. A bit about me: I’m originally from Florida (outside of Orlando), and I went to Yale for college, where I majored in biology, was involved in La Casa (Yale’s Latino Cultural Center), and fell in love with community health as a free clinic interpreter. After graduation, I spent a gap year as an asthma educator and care coordinator for IMPACT DC, a clinical/research/education program based at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. During medical school, I solidified my interest in pediatrics and primary care through involvement with the Harvard Center for Primary Care, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and clinical rotations where I got to blow bubbles and play peek-a-boo as part of my day job. When I grow up, I hope to be a primary care pediatrician involved in advocacy (especially for children and families facing adversity, like limited English proficiency, poverty, and trauma), community-based research, and medical education. In my free time I love to be outside–hiking, biking, running–and spend time with my significant other, family, and friends. Feel free to contact me with questions about primary care, pediatrics, being a Latino/a in medicine, taking a gap year between college & med school, or anything else!
Aaron Kuan, Non-Resident Tutor in Neurobiology and Physics
Email: aaron.t.kuan [at] gmail.com
Hi, my name is Aaron Kuan. I’m currently a post-doc in the Neurobiology Dept at HMS. In my research we slice up brain tissue into thin slices, image them with electron microscopy, and reconstruct the neuronal circuits. I recently graduated from SEAS in applied physics (’16), and was an undergrad here studying physics and music before then (Pfoho, ’09). I was also part of the Havard-NEC joint program, studying violin at New England Conservatory (MM ’10). I played in HRO and conducted the Dudley House Orchestra in the past. I’d be happy to talk to you about anything music, physics, bio related – please feel free to contact me!
Jing Li, Non-Resident Tutor in Economics
Email: jingjing188 [at] gmail.com
Hello Meese! I was a resident tutor at Dunster for the past two years and I’m so happy to be returning as a non-resident tutor this year! I was born in China and grew up in Lawrence, Kansas, home to the KU Jayhawks. As an undergraduate at MIT, I studied computer science, math, and economics, and now I’m a 4th year in Harvard’s Economics PhD program. My research spans industrial organization, environmental economics, public economics, and retirement and aging. I run casually and have done a couple of half marathons, so let me know if you ever want a (slow) running buddy! I love to cook and eat food and look forward to cooking with some of you as a part of Dunster’s Culinary Team. Please feel free to contact me to chat about anything you’d like. I look forward to getting to know you all.
Madeleine Matthiesen, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Hey Dunster! I am currently an intern in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at MGH. I grew up in Chicago and graduated from Dunster in 2009. I took a gap year through CPIC and did case management in the Bronx with substance abuse patients before heading back to Chicago to attend med school at the University of Chicago. In my free time, I like to watch and play sports (I’m a former Crimson Sports chair) and spend time exploring Boston with my husband, who is also a former Dunsterite. I look forward to meeting many of you, and definitely reach out to me if I can help in any way!
Brad Matthiesen, Non-Resident Tutor in Technology
Hey Meese! I’m originally from Kansas City, MO. I graduated from D-Haus in ’09 as a Chemistry and Physics concentrator. I later earned a masters in computer science from the University of Chicago. I spent 6 years as a data scientist working in litigation consulting, but I’m currently across the river at the Launch Lab where I’m the founder of an edtech company. Feel free to reach out about machine learning, tech, or startups.
James McSpadden, Non-Resident Tutor in History
Hey Dunster! My name is Jamie McSpadden, and I’m a fifth year graduate student in the History Department. I’m happy join the Dunster community this year as a non-resident tutor and sophomore advisor. I’m a proud son of Eli who graduated from Yale in 2008 with a degree in German Studies before going as Fulbrighter to Germany and then on to the Netherlands where I studied and worked as a translator in Leiden. I came to Harvard in 2011, but every summer I keep going back to Europe to brush up on another language or do archival research on interwar political culture. Catch me in the dining hall, drop by my office in Robinson, or send me an email if you want to talk about history, grad school, Germany, or life in Europe. Last but not least: Go Yale!
Nathan Nakatsuka, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Email: 08nanaka [at] gmail.com
Hi Meese! I grew up in Honolulu, Hawai’i and graduated from Harvard College in 2012 concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology. I then spent a year at the other Cambridge in England doing an MPhil in Genetics working at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Now I’m starting the MD/PhD program at HMS. In college I was involved in homelessness outreach, mentoring, bioethics, club tennis, and a Christian fellowship. I also played on the Cambridge University tennis team, so I’m always up for a game. I loved Dunster, and I love helping fellow meese, so contact me anytime for literally anything!
Ken Skinner, Non-Resident Tutor in Chemistry
Email: kskinner[at] fas.harvard.edu
Helloooooo Moose!!! My name is Ken Skinner and I am a Non-Resident Chemistry Tutor in Dunster House. I grew up in Newark, NJ, spent my undergrad years at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, and am now studying Biochemistry and membrane proteins in the Gaudet research group pursuing my Ph.D. in Chemical Biology at Harvard. I love working out, sports & running (XC & track throughout high school and college), good food (especially eating out), making jokes, and video games. So if you’re interested in either of these or want to start up a workout schedule/plan to reclaim (last time was 1963) Dunster its’ rightful Straus cup! I’m very excited to get to meet you all and be sure to let me know what I can do to help make your experience at Dunster more memorable and fulfilling. I know we’re going to have a great year together in different facets.
Aswin Sekar, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Hi Dunster! I am a fourth-year MD/PhD student at HMS, where I am studying the genetics of neuropsychiatric disease. I did my undergrad in molecular, cell, and developmental biology at UCLA, and spent a year after college doing research on autism genetics as well as rural development work in India. Outside of school, I enjoy singing, running, and basketball. Feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss taking time off after college, pursuing MD vs. MD/PhD, or anything else!
Derek Stenquist, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Hey Dunster! My name is Derek Stenquist and I’m a student at Harvard Medical School. I’m from Hudson, Massachusetts and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2010. After college I worked at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Medical Simulation program for a year before heading to Zimbabwe for my second year off to work for Grassroot Soccer, an organization that teaches HIV prevention to youth and provides HIV testing and counseling through soccer. I also spent time in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica during and after college and my interests include global health as well as emergency medicine, orthopedics, infectious disease, and pediatrics. I love to play and watch soccer as well as any other sport, I’m trying to like running road races, and I’m a fan of jazz music, spending time with my family and in the outdoors, and anything to do with Latin American culture. I’m really looking forward to being a non-resident tutor! Please feel free to email me to talk about anything related to pre-med, travel and time off before grad school, not knowing exactly what type of medicine you want to pursue, or anything else.
Wenxin (Vincent) Xu, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Hello Dunster! I graduated from Dunster House in 2009 with a degree in Chemical and Physical Biology, and a secondary in East Asian Studies. I’m currently in my final year at HMS. I am applying to residency programs in internal medicine, and my research interests include preventive medicine and large-dataset epidemiology. I’m also a bit of a board game fanatic and am always on the lookout for a game of chess or go. I look forward to meeting many more Dunsterites and answering any questions you may have about starting a career in medicine!
Albert Yeh, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Hi Meese! I am currently a PGY-1 in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital and am excited to return to Dunster house this year as a non-resident premed adviser, having served as a resident tutor over the past 5 years and living it up as a proud moose. I grew up in Dallas, Texas where the Mavericks and Cowboys were a big part of my life. I subsequently graduated from Harvard College in 2007 as a biochemistry concentrator, having traveled to the cloud forests of Ecuador to teach English and visiting Beijing University as part of the chess team where I lost my passport and was stranded for some time. I took a bit longer than usual (6 years) to finish medical school (HMS c/o 2013), spending 2 years as an HHMI fellow studying cancer dormancy while taking up running as a hobby in the meantime, participating in several half and full marathons. My goal this year is to learn how to cook, having been spoiled in a dorm for way too long. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail if you ever want to chat – my door is always open!
James Yeh, Non-Resident Tutor in Medicine
Email: Jay773 [at] mail.harvard.edu
I am a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and work clinically in both hospital medicine and urgent care. I am also a research fellow working on understanding the relationships between physician industry relationships and prescribing behavior. My academic interests are in the realms of evidence-based medicine, medical education, medical publication, and pharmacoepidemiology. I am involved in the teaching of a number of courses at HMS and at the Brigham. I also serve as the deputy editor for the Harvard Public Health Review. Feel free to contact me if I can be of help in any way.