Email: radhagar981[at] gmail.com
Hey Dunster! I’m a fifth year MD/PhD student at HMS, where I’m currently studying inherited forms of heart disease using stem-cell-de-rived cardiomyocytes. I attended Indiana University Bloomington for my undergraduate studies, where I majored in Biochemistry and Biology. One of my favorite parts of undergrad included studying abroad in Santiago, Chile, and at the University of Oxford, where I did research on the formation of bacterial communities. In my free time, I enjoy running along the Charles, hiking (just did the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal with my dad!), dance, and cooking. I’m also passionate about science communication and global health, and enjoy writing for a few science media outlets. I can’t wait to get to know several of you; please get in touch with any questions that I might be able to help you with!
Hi Dunster! My name is Andrew and I’m excited to be one of your non-resident Pre-Med Tutors this year. Technically an Adams House graduate (‘05), I went to medical school at the University of Texas before completing my general surgery training at Yale School of Medicine. I’m now a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and live one block away from Dunster with my wife (Courtney), daughter (Eliot), and vizsla (Maple). If you have questions about a career in surgery – or if you are interested in playing with my dog while pretending to study for the MCAT – just let us know!
Danika Barry, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
Hello Dunster Meese! I’m a joint MD-MPP candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School, currently in year 5 of 5. I’m from Aurora, Colorado and live in the Riverside neighborhood of Cambridge– a short walk from Dunster! I’d love to talk with you about non-traditional routes into medicine, or ways to combine a passion for systems change and social justice with a medical career. I studied Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, have an MPH in Global Epidemiology from Emory University, and did a pre-medical postbac at Johns Hopkins. My past work experience has centered on strengthening public-sector provision of quality, equitable healthcare. This has included global and local work: e.g. with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health, and more recently, with MassHealth (Massachusetts Medicaid). I aspire to integrate OB/Gyn clinical practice, health policy research, and public service to improve healthcare for marginalized women. I’d love to help explore what a pathway in medicine might look like for you! Please feel free to contact me anytime!
Daniel Barcia, Non-Resident Pre-Law, Pre-Business, and Fellowships Tutor
Hey Dunster! I am in the second year of the JD/MBA program at HLS and HBS. Originally from Miami (FL), I graduated from Harvard College as a History concentrator in 2015. The following year, I attended the University of Cambridge in England on a Gates-Cambridge Fellowship, where I studied International Relations and Politics. At Harvard Law School, I am an editor on the Harvard Law Review and one of the Community & Activism Co-Chairs of La Alianza. I am currently finalizing a book manuscript based on my undergraduate thesis entitled, “Restless Liberty.” Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have!
Hey guys! My name is Leela, and I’m a dental student at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM). I’m excited to join Dunster House as a Non-Resident Tutor in 2019! I grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from Swarthmore College with majors in Biology and Studio Art in 2017. I’m involved in the Boston visual art, dance, and Jewish communities, and am passionate about education, especially as it relates to modernizing and democratizing professional school. I’ve worked as the lead medical illustrator and a student consultant for an EdTech startup based at Harvard iLab, and have created concept videos for the pre-clerkship curriculum at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and HSDM. Following graduation from dental school, I aim to complete Residency and Fellowship in Maxillofacial Prosthodontics. Currently, I live in Coolidge Corner with my three roommates, all of whom are HMS students. Please reach out if you have any questions about dental/professional school, art, the Boston Jewish community, or … if you want to (vegan!) bake or go for a run!
Edward Chu, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
Email: edward.w.chu [at] gmail.com
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!
Hi Dunster meese! 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 volunteered 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 Pre-Med Tutor
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 medical oncologist 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.
Nicole De Paz, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
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 started off as a non-res tutor my fourth year of medical school at Harvard (Class of 2016) and have really enjoyed getting to know Dunster pre-meds over the last few years. 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. 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) and community-based research and program development. 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!
Sam Enumah, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
Email: s.enumah [at] gmail.com
Hi Dunsterites! My name is Sam Enumah, and I am excited to be a non-resident pre-med tutor! I am originally from Columbus, GA and am a former Dunster House resident. I graduated from Harvard College in 2010 (Neuro-bio concentration). I traveled and taught for a year in Peru and Rwanda prior to medical school. I graduated from Johns Hopkins in 2016 (spent some more time in Rwanda during med school) and am currently a general surgery resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The Dunster community was an amazing and memorable part of my college experience, and I am really excited about the opportunity to meet and learn from all of you (and attempt to provide some advice along the way!). Outside of the hospital, I enjoy running, soccer, political TV dramas (House of Cards), reading for fun (waiting for the next book in the Song of Ice and Fire series…), and eating (South Asian and Mediterranean cuisine and, of course, southern BBQ). Please feel free to contact me with any questions about medical school, residency, college, travel plans, favorite Cambridge food spots or anything else!
Hi Dunster! My name is Courtney, and I’m a cardiac surgeon practicing at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. I’m a transplant to Boston – I’m originally from Ohio, with stops in Texas (research and medical school at Baylor College of Medicine) and Connecticut (cardiac surgery fellowship at Yale). Now I live just up the street from Dunster House with my husband Andrew (also one of your non-resident tutors) – you’ll probably see us walking down Cowperthwaite with our daughter Eliot and a crazy brown dog. If you’re interested in a career in medicine or surgery, I’m happy to talk anytime.
Email: sgillinov [at] gmail.com
Hi Dunster! My name is Stephen, and I am currently working as a research coordinator in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mass General Hospital while I am applying to medical school. I graduated from Dunster in May 2019, and I am thrilled to rejoin the Dunster community as a non-resident tutor this year! While at the College, I concentrated in Human Evolutionary Biology (HEB) and was heavily involved in research, including a senior honors thesis on running biomechanics. My other interests included Running Club, Health Leads, and Dunster IMs (Roll Moose!). From concentrating in HEB, being pre-med, and taking many courses across the Life Sciences, I am familiar with course offerings and pathways across the biological sciences, and I am happy to advise on course selection or general academic topics. In addition, from multiple past projects to my current work at MGH, I have maintained a deep interest in research, and I am available to provide guidance in this area. Outside of academics and research, I love running (I ran my first marathon in May 2019) and playing tennis, and I look forward to staying involved with Dunster IMs this year! Please feel free to reach out!
Symone is a 2016 graduate of Harvard College. At Harvard she studied human developmental and regenerative biology with a secondary in global health and health policy. After graduating, she worked at Athena health, a healthcare technology company, for 2 years as a project engineer/project manager. In that role, she worked with developers and healthcare providers to implement innovative solutions to some of the operational issues facing small practices and larger provider networks. Currently, Symone is a second-year in the Pathways MD program at Harvard Medical School.
Liz Kantor, Non-Resident Tutor in Music and Biology
Email: eptkantor [at] gmail.com
Hey there, Dunster! I grew up in New York (go Yankees – sorry not sorry), and just graduated from Harvard in 2018. I am a proud former resident of Dunster, where I spent a ton of time in the dining hall, practice rooms, and working on the housing day videos with my amazing blockmates. While a student at Harvard, I studied MCB with an English secondary, and I was super involved in lots of arts across campus from the modern dance company to working on music teams at the American Repertory Theater. These days I’m working as a research technician in a Parkinson’s lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, music directing and conducting for a few theaters around Boston, and playing keys/synth bass in a band with some fellow Dunsterites! I also love to bake, play board games, and explore different parts of the city. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have absolutely any questions about science, the arts, fun things to do in Boston, or literally anything else – I would love to help you in any way I can!
Aaron Kuan, Non-Resident Tutor in Neurobiology, Physics, and Music
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!
Val Leifer, Non-Resident Tutor in Biology
Email: vleifer [at] bwh.harvard.edu
Hello Meese! I’m a 2019 Dunster grad, currently working at an orthopedic clinical research and health policy center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where I will be for two years before (hopefully!) attending medical school. At Harvard, I concentrated in Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) with a secondary in English. I also spent two summers doing research through URAF fellowships – PRISE and the Harvard Cambridge Summer Fellowship – which were two of the best experiences I had at Harvard. Beyond MCB and English, I love running along the Charles, reading good books, and exploring different parts of Boston. Please reach out to me if you have any questions about science, pre-med classes, English, getting involved in research, applying for summer fellowships, good places to run in Boston, how to approach taking a gap year (or two) between college and med school, or really anything at all — I would love to help in any way that I can.
Brandon Levin, Non-Resident Tutor in Business and Pre-Law
Email: brandonslevin [at] gmail.com
Hi, Dunster! I’m Brandon, and I’m in the midst of a JD/MBA joint-degree at Yale Law School and Harvard Business School. Originally from Los Angeles, I trekked east for college at ‘that other place’ (Yale) – majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics, singing a cappella with the Whiffenpoofs, and getting involved in student government. Following a brief stint in DC, I spent two years in the United Kingdom as a Keasbey Scholar, where I studied Global Governance and Diplomacy at Oxford and Public Policy at Cambridge. After getting my fill of clotted cream and tea, I returned to the U.S. to start law school. There I was an editor of the Yale Law Journal and focused on foreign policy, national security, and education law through clinical work. My internships have run the gamut – from the National Economic Council in the Obama White House to the ACLU to McKinsey & Company – so I’m happy to chat about summer work, fellowships, joint-degrees, consulting, a cappella, or any and all sports…and I’m always game to play pick-up basketball!
Greg Leya, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
Email: gregleya [at] gmail.com
Hey Dunster! It’s a privilege to be returning this year as one of your Non-Res Pre-Med Tutors after being a Resident Tutor for 5 years. I graduated from Dunster in 2012, stuck around for my MD/MBA at HMS and HBS, and am currently a general surgery resident at Mass General Hospital, going into cardiac surgery. As an undergrad, I concentrated in MCB with a secondary in Econ. My academic interests include the intersection of medicine and business, especially with regards to healthcare systems reform and healthcare entrepreneurship. Outside of academics, I play tennis, ski, and run, but will take any excuse/sport to get outside. Looking forward to a great year ahead! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Renat Lumpau, Non-Resident Tutor in Law
Email: lumpau [at] gmail.com
Hello Dunster! I’m thrilled to be part of D-Haus for the third time in my life, now as a non-resident pre-law tutor. Previously, I was a 2003 Dunsterite as an undergrad, and then served as a Resident Tutor from 2006 through 2009 while I was at Harvard Law School. I am now a trusts & estates attorney at a Boston law firm called Choate, Hall & Stewart. I live near Porter Square with my wife Anna and our two daughters. If you have any questions about law school or what it’s like to be a lawyer, just let me know!
Angela Ma, Non-Resident Tutor in Economics and Business
Email: angelama [at] g.harvard.edu
Hi Dunster meese! My name is Angela, and I’m a second-year Ph.D. student in business economics at Harvard. I just graduated from Dunster in 2018 and am so happy to stay apart of this community. As an undergrad, I loved dancing with the Ballet Company, reviewing articles with the Economics Review, and hanging out in Dunster Dhall forever. I also worked in software engineering and investment banking during the summers, so please let me know if I can help with questions related to economics, finance, computer science, how to thrive/survive in Boston as a Californian, and anything else. Looking forward to meeting you!
Douglas Mata, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
Email: dmata [at] bwh.harvard.edu
My name is Douglas and I am excited to be a Non-Resident Tutor in medicine this year. I am currently a resident physician in anatomic and clinical pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. I was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, later returning to Houston to study biochemistry and cell biology at Rice University. As an undergraduate student, I studied abroad in Panama and Hong Kong, and after college, I worked as a teacher in Osuna, Spain. I received my master’s degree in public health with a concentration in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Cambridge in England and my medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. My research interests are broad and include topics in neuropsychiatry (depression and burnout), oncopathology (bladder and kidney cancer), medical education (curriculum design), and global health (virology). I am happy to answer any questions about studying abroad, clinical research, medical publishing, and what life is like as a resident physician. I look forward to meeting you all this year!
Brad Matthiesen, Non-Resident Tutor in Technology and Computer Science
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.
Madeleine Matthiesen, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
Hey Dunster! I am a hospitalist in both 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 provided case management for patients with substance use disorders in the Bronx 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’m passionate about taking care of adults and kids, medical education, taking time off, and a lot more. I look forward to meeting many of you, and definitely reach out to me if I can help in any way!
Namrata Narain, Non-Resident Tutor in Economics
Email: 08nanaka [at] gmail.com
Hi Meese! My name is Namrata and I am thrilled to be a Non-Resident Tutor in Dunster House. I am originally from Jaipur, India (please ask if you are traveling to India and need recommendations!) I graduated from Harvard College in 2015, with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics, and went across the pond to get my master’s in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics at the London School of Economics for a year. I have been back in 02138 ever since. I worked as a Pre-Doctoral Fellow in the Educational Innovation Laboratory at Harvard from the summer of 2016 to January 2018, where I studied fascinating topics in Social Economics like racial differences in police use of force, job training programs, school desegregation, and other related topics in the economics of education. I am currently a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow for Professor Claudia Goldin. We are studying parental leave policies and their impacts on female labor force participation and firm productivity using survey and administrative data. As an undergrad, I was an avid participator in intramural sports (let’s go running together!), directed Ghungroo, and led conferences for Harvard University’s India Initiative. If you are thinking of masters programs in economics or searching for research opportunities, or in general trying to navigate the Applied Math/Econ concentrations, please reach out! I am also a good source of advice on podcasts and restaurants around Boston.
Jiho Park, Non-Resident Tutor in Biological Sciences and Chemistry
Hey Dunster! I graduated from Dunster House in 2018. I’m excited to be returning as a Non-Resident Tutor this year! I was born in Seoul, spent part of my childhood in Singapore, and grew up in Irvine, California. I was a MCB concentrator at Harvard, and was involved with research, HoCo, and College Bowl. I currently work as a data scientist at nference, a biotech startup located in Kendall square, where I’m pursuing my interest in applying computational techniques to drug discovery and development. My other interests include cooking, aviation, and elections. Please feel free to contact me if you want to chat about classes, the state of the biotech/pharma industry, or your favorite dystopian novel/TV show!
Shawheen Rezaei, Non-Resident Fellowships Tutor
Hello Dunster! My name is Shawheen Rezaei, and I am honored and excited to be serving as your Non-Resident Tutor for Fellowships. I graduated Harvard College in 2017 studying
Economics and Middle Eastern Studies through the Advanced Standing A.B./A.M. program. Although technically in Leverett House, I spent most of my free time in Dunster and wrote the entirety of my senior thesis in Dunster dining hall. I focused on post-conflict development research during my undergraduate studies, which enabled me to travel to countries across the world to work with organizations like the UN and the World Bank. After graduating, I had the opportunity to study an MPhil in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge through a Harvard-UK Fellowship and worked in management consulting with BCG. I am now back at Harvard taking pre-med courses with the hope of becoming a psychiatrist. During my free time, I enjoy traveling near and far, biking, and learning new languages.
Email: melissarodman [at] gmail.com
Hi Meese! My name is Melissa, and I am looking forward to continuing to serve as a Non-Resident Tutor, with a focus in the arts, humanities, journalism, and business. A lifelong New Yorker, I graduated from the College (and Dunster!) in May 2018 and spent my first post-grad year across the river at Harvard Business School, where I was a research associate in entertainment, media, and sports. Now I’m working as a consultant/writer in Boston. I have experience with on-campus advising–including study abroad advising at the Office of International Education–and am here to help you achieve your academic, extracurricular, and professional goals. In addition, I have worked in film, publishing, and museums and would be happy to answer your questions about pursuing your passions in the arts and culture.
Hi Dunster! I’m currently an M2 at HMS and very excited to join the Dunster community. Originally from NY, I graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in History and Science and a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. While at Harvard, I was a FOP Leader and Health Leads Patient Advocate. After graduating, I spent a year at Oxford pursuing a master’s in Medical Anthropology before ultimately returning to NY, where I spent 2018 working at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health on a large HIV/AIDS public health project. I’m really excited about the intersection of the social sciences/humanities and medicine, so come chat with me about being a non-science concentrator while pre-med, taking time off after college, or anything else!
Andrew Skaras, Non-Resident Pre-Law Tutor
Hey Dunster, my name is Skaras and I am excited to be joining as a non-Resident Tutor in 2019. I grew up outside of Dallas, Texas, but I’ve spent most of my time in the Northeast since I left for college. I graduated from Boston College in 2015, where I studied Economics and Philosophy. After graduating, I spent a year doing construction work in Queens, NY and a year working at a fast-food franchisee in Dallas for their General Counsel. I am a 3L at Harvard Law School, where I am involved with the Harvard Law Review, the Prison Legal Assistance Program, and the Federalist Society. I have spent parts of my summers in private practice and parts working for the Department of Justice. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing board games, exploring museums, running, and playing squash. Please feel to reach out at any time to talk about law school, non-traditional paths there, government work, or anything else! Or if you want to play squash! I look forward to getting to know y’all in the coming year.
Erica Brown Soto, Non-Resident Tutor in Languages and Higher Education
Hi Meese! In the past I have served as a Wellness, Intramurals, and Languages and Literature Resident Tutor in Dunster House. During my time at Harvard, I lived in Leverett and studied Slavic Languages and Literatures. After graduation, I taught English at a university in Ukraine, which allowed me to indulge my love of food, travel, and languages, before returning and earning an EdM at Boston University in International Educational Development. Since finishing that degree, I’ve worked as a research assistant at MGH, in development and alumni affairs, as a campus minister, and taught for the last five years as a TF at Harvard in the Department of Government. I am also currently in my fourth year of a PhD in Higher Education at Boston College; my dissertation research thus far has focused on how social, economic, and cultural capital intersect with elite undergraduates’ approach to seeking out and accumulating summer experiences during college. I am also in my third year as a part time faculty member there, where I teach an undergraduate course on leadership and organizational theory. In my spare time, I enjoy baking and cooking, reading, watching documentaries with Odeviz, running, taking German classes downtown, and playing with our two little ones – Felix (5) and Bruno (2).
Odeviz Soto, Non-Resident Tutor in Religion
Email: ods125 [at] mail.harvard.edu
Welcome to the best house on cam-
pus! A graduate of Dunster in 2007, I studied History and had some amazing formative years while here, so it is a distinct joy to return to my alma mater as a Non-Resident Tutor. After commencement, I taught in Salzburg, Austria for a year before returning to receive a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. I have previously worked as an Admissions Officer at Harvard Divinity School and I am currently the Associate Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School. My personal and academic interests include higher education, comparative religion, colonial/postcolonial history, and languages. Outside of work and school, I enjoy sports (especially baseball), music, dancing, good food, and travel. I am always looking for a good conversation, so say ‘hello’ in the dining hall so you can meet me, my wife, Erica, and our two kids (Felix and Bruno). I look forward to meeting all of you!
Tamer Teker, Non-Resident Tutor in Engineering
Hi Dunsterites! My name is Tamer and I am very excited to be joining as a Non-Resident Tutor in 2019. I grew up in Duisburg, Germany where I also studied engineering. I have been living in and out of Boston for the past 6 years, completing my MPP at Harvard and working at MIT and abroad. I am passionate about renewable energy and energy access, and I work on electrification projects in sub-Saharan Africa, currently for an energy startup in Lesotho. I mostly telecommute so you will likely find me working at Dunster or the Harvard libraries. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, exploring restaurants in Boston with Manon, and taking French classes. Manon and I also are very excited to welcome our first daughter in September! I look forward to getting to know you all, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you would like to talk about engineering, public policy or being a first-generation student.
Hello Dunster! My name is Evan and I am currently a medical student at HMS. I was born in Lewiston, Maine but grew up mostly outside of Rochester, New York. As a recent graduate of the college in 2016, I’m very excited to stay involved with life in Cambridge and become a member of the Dunster community! I studied neurobiology and computer science while at the college, and was also on the varsity swimming team. Nowadays when I’m not in class or in the hospital, I enjoy traveling, watching sports, and exploring Boston with friends. I look forward to getting to know you all and helping out in any way I can!