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!
Jason Anesini, Non-Resident Tutor in Chemical and Chemical Biology
Email: jaa353 [at] g.harvard.edu
Hi Dunster! I am a third year PhD. student in the Chemistry and Chemical Biology department in GSAS at Harvard University. I work in the fascinating world that lies just beyond what you learn in CHEM17/27 or CHEM20/30. Under the direction of Prof. Andrew Myers, I construct complex chemical scaffolds that are designed as a targeted form of chemotherapy. For my undergraduate studies, I attended SUNY Binghamton (go Bearcats!) where I majored in Chemistry with a minor in Chemical Biology. Outside of the laboratory, I split my time generously between Hearthstone, Soundcloud/Spotify, Tik-Tok, rock climbing, and time with my family and friends. Please feel free to reach out to me at your convenience; I’m happy to discuss science concentrations, research opportunities at Harvard and beyond, post-baccalaureate considerations (pre-med versus PhD), or the newest album I’m jamming out to in the laboratory!
Daniel Barcia, Non-Resident Pre-Law, Pre-Business, and Fellowships Tutor
I am a third-year JD/MBA candidate at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. I grew up in Miami and graduated from Harvard College as a history concentrator in 2015. Outside the classroom, I volunteered for political campaigns and worked in the U.S. Senate and State Department. The following year, I attended the University of Cambridge as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar where I studied International Relations and Politics. I am currently an editor on the Harvard Law Review and an aspiring first-time author. I look forward to meeting all of you!
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.
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!
Denis Fedin, Non-Resident Tutor in History, Classics, and Pre-Law
Hi Meese! My name is Denis, and I’m a 2017 Dunster grad. I am very excited to be a part of this community again! I’m currently living in Boston and work at a private equity firm called Berkshire Partners. Prior to Berkshire, I spent two years in my hometown of New York working in investment banking. At Harvard, I concentrated in Classics and History, with a focus on Ancient Greece, and completed a secondary in Economics. I love learning languages and spent a summer abroad in Munich, Germany. I am also an incoming student at the Harvard Law School through the JDP and would be happy to help you during that process. Outside of work, I enjoy reading, traveling, cooking, and spending time outdoors. Please reach out if you have questions about finance job recruiting, law school applications, studying Classics / History and the humanities more broadly, summers abroad, or anything else – always happy to chat and bounce around ideas.
Sophi Guzzo, Non-Resident Pre-Law Tutor
Hello everyone! I am so happy to be one of your Non-Resident Tutors this year. Originally, I am from sunny Miami, Florida. I graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville in 2018, where I studied Political Science and Latino and Latina Studies. During my time there, I spent a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, and translated at the school’s immigration clinic. Upon graduation, I started at Harvard Law where I am currently studying. At HLS, I am a student mentor through the Board of Student Advisers. I am also on the board of Alianza, the law school’s Latino organization— which is where I met my partner, Daniel. As a law student, I am particularly interested in local government and land use. In my free time, I love to read fiction, to run and train for races, and to cook new meals and desserts. I am looking forward to meeting you all and please do not hesitate to reach out for any reason!
Symone Isaac-Wilkins, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
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 Pre-Law Tutor
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!
Rhea Malik, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
Email: rhea14 [at] gmail.com
Hey D-Haus! I am a second year at HMS and so excited to be one of your non-resident Pre-Med Tutors! Originally from Maryland, I graduated from Harvard College (and Dunster!) in 2017 with a concentration in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a secondary in Health Policy (GHHP). Following that, I spent a year in Beijing completing a Masters in Management Science on the Schwarzman Scholarship and spend the remaining time consulting at McKinsey & Company. (Needless to say- if you want to talk about nontraditional paths- I’m all for it!)
At Harvard Med, I stand on the Boards of the Education Policy & Curriculum Committee and the South Asian Medical & Dental Association, and am passionate about improving medical education. I love to dance, bike along the Charles and sky-dive. And, perhaps most importantly, I miss Dunster D-hall, so feel free to reach out anytime for a meal if you have questions about the med school application process, or life in general!
Douglas Mata, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
Douglas A. Mata, MD, MPH, is a resident physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Rice University and his master’s degree in public health from the University of Cambridge, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Madrid, Spain. His research on depression has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Lancet Psychiatry, and his work has been featured in Newsweek, TIME Magazine, and the Washington Post. He recently published his first textbook, Statistics for Pathologists. He is excited to be part of the Dunster community this year and is happy to help students develop their interests in biology, epidemiology, global health, medicine, and science, or to talk about life in general in college and beyond.
Brad Matthiesen, Non-Resident Tutor in Technology/Computer Science
Email: brad.matthiesen [at] gmail.com
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, startups, etc.
Namrata Narain, Non-Resident Tutor in Economics
Email: nnarains [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.
Leonie Oostrom, Non-Resident Pre-Med Tutor
Hi Dunster! My name is Leonie Oostrom-Shah, and I am so thrilled to be joining the Dunster house community. I was born in the Netherlands, but grew up in eastern Washington State. I graduated from Harvard in 2015, where I studied HDRB and African American Studies, and won absolutely no awards. I was also involved with ECHO, HRDC, and various awesome PBHA/CPIC opportunities. After college, I moved to the Bay Area where I lived in an intentional community and worked as a patient advocate/clinical researcher, before going to medical school at the University of Chicago. I am now an emergency medicine resident at Beth Israel Deaconess and live in Roxbury with my husband, Henry, and our cat, Effy. I hope to be a resource for you all, especially as related to health/human rights/social justice, mental health and wellness, and how to make big (wealthy) institutions more human. Henry and I are also looking to hike and explore a bit outside of Boston, so if you are looking for a day out of the city, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Jiho Park, Non-Resident Tutor in Biological Sciences and Chemistry
Hey Dunster! I graduated from Dunster House in 2018, and I am excited to return as a Non-Resident Tutor this year. I was a MCB concentrator at Harvard, and was involved with research, HoCo, and College Bowl. Currently, I am a first-year graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) PhD program at Harvard Medical School. Previously, I worked as a data scientist at nference – a biotech startup located in Kendall Square – where I pursued my interest in applying computational techniques to drug discovery and development. My other interests include cooking, traveling, and following elections. Please feel free to contact me if you want to know more about working in biotech/pharma, need guidance on graduate school applications, or are interested in co-hosting the next Dunster Trivia Night with me!
Jeanna Qui, Non-Resident Pre-Med and Fellowships Tutor
Email: quijeanna [at] gmail.com
Hello Meese! My name is Jeanna Qiu and I am a medical student at Harvard Medical School in the Pathways program. Originally from New Jersey, I graduated from Harvard College in 2020 in Chemical and Physical Biology with a secondary in Sociology. I was a resident of Dunster House and absolutely loved my time here! As an undergraduate, I was very involved in research, serving as a teaching fellow for multiple pre-med courses, and serving as President of Harvard Undergraduate Science Olympiad. I also love playing cello, reading fiction, and practicing yoga. I would love to talk if you have any questions about the process of applying to medical school, being pre-med at Harvard, the fellowships application process, or anything else! I look forward to getting to know you!
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. A lifelong New Yorker, I graduated from the College (and Dunster!) in May 2018 with a focus in the arts and humanities. I am a writer, work in publishing, and also have experience with on-campus advising, including study abroad advising at the Office of International Education. I am here to help you achieve your academic, extracurricular, and professional goals and am happy to answer your questions about pursuing your passions in the arts and culture.
Bridger Ruyle, Non-Resident Tutor in Environmental Science and Engineering
Email: bruyle [at] g.harvard.edu
Hey Dunster! My name is Bridger and I am excited to join you all as a non-resident tutor. I am a fourth year PhD candidate in Environmental Science and Engineering where I research the chemistry of toxic chemicals and their environmental behavior. I am from Denver, CO and my love for the environment started early (I was named after the mountain man Jim Bridger). I majored in environmental engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder where I was a Udall Scholar. I love to backpack, fish, and ski, and am more than happy to talk about good places to go in New England. I have also led several camping trips for people without previous outdoors experience, so if you are looking for general advice on where to start or a buddy to go with let me know! In and around Boston, I maintain my garden, brew kombucha, sew, print make, and go on runs along the Charles River. I can’t wait to meet (or e-meet) many of you starting in the Fall. I am happy to help out in any way I can regarding undergraduate fellowships, exploring the outdoors, or anything else!
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!
Henry Shah, Non-Resident Pre-Law Tutor
Email: hsushah [at] gmail.com
Hi, Dunster! My name is Henry Oostrom-Shah, and I’m excited to join you all this fall. I’m a 1L Public Interest Scholar at Boston University School of Law. I’m from Philadelphia, and graduated from the College in 2017 with a degree in History & Literature. While I was at Harvard, I taught French and ESL in the Roxbury Haitian community, edited the Advocate, and wrote for the Crimson. I was lucky to receive a fellowship to continue my ethnographic research with Roma men in Paris slums, and got a master’s in sociology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Before moving to Roxbury with Leonie, I advocated for fair housing policy in Illinois with and for formerly incarcerated people. You can find me: reading with our cat Effy, wandering the streets of Boston in search of ice cream, or rabble-rousing with kindred spirits. I’m happy for you to join me in these activities and to be a resource more broadly. Let’s talk: law school, especially public interest law; post-grad fellowships; or just making Harvard work for you. We can also prattle on about nothing at all in French, Hindi, Urdu, Dutch, or Haitian Creole.
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 campus! A graduate of Dunster and a previous Resident Tutor in Dunster for eight years, I am excited to stay connected to Dunster as a Non-Resident Tutor. I currently serve as the Director of Admissions at Harvard Divinity School (from where I received my Master of Divinity), and also have experience as the Associate Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School as well as the Assistant Director of Summer Funding and Planning at the Office of Career Services. 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 and basketball), music, dancing, good food, and travel. I am always looking for a good conversation, so please say ‘hello’ in the dining hall so you can meet me, my wife, Erica, and our three kids (Felix, Bruno, and Hugo). I look forward to meeting all of you!
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!