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Who we are:

We are scientists and engineers. We are real people with real experience in real research. And we are brought together every summer with a common passion for STEM and a common goal of bringing out the best for the high school students we mentor. 

 

Leadership & Administration

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Director of Operations

David Linnevers

Over two decades of experience in working in higher education administration and admissions at institutions such as UCLA Medical School. 

Director of Research & Development

Edward Njoo

Experienced organic chemist, educator, scientist, and Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. Co-author on multiple peer-reviewed papers in biochemistry, chemical biology, and organic synthesis. 

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Director of Educational Outreach

Ankur Gupta

Graduate of U.C. Berkeley, current M.D. candidate at Louisville. Experienced molecular and cell biologist passionate about translational science and biomedical education.

Board Member

Phil Mui

Phil Mui, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President of Technology in Salesforce, and of the Office of the CTO.  He received his S.B., M.Eng., and Ph.D. from MIT, and an M.Phil as aa Marshall Scholar at Oxford.

Deputy Admissions Director

Harman Brah

Experienced biochemist at UCSD Medicine; former scientist at UCSF who specializes in computational biochemistry & drug discovery. Oversees admissions process.

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Director of Admissions

Jimmy Qian

Current M.D. candidate at Stanford Medical School, several years of research experience in theoretical systems biology. Holds an M.S. in Chemistry, B.A. in Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania. 

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Chair of CS & Engineering

Robert Downing

Four decades of experience in the high-tech and data systems industry (3COM, IBM, etc.) and as a professor and instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Director of Communications

Avery Kruger

Ecologist and marine wildlife scientist with extensive research experience in ecology, evolution, and marine biology. Avery has previously been editor in chief of our student journal.

Chair, Biological & Life Sciences

Soumya Suresh

Experienced biologist and scientist interested in applying the tools of genetics and molecular biology to study ecological and botanical systems.

Research Faculty

 
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Robert Downing

Data Science & Macine Learning

Four decades of experience in the high-tech and data systems industry (3COM, IBM, etc.) and as a professor and instructor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Phil Mui

Computer Science

Phil Mui, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President of Technology in Salesforce, and of the Office of the CTO.  He received his S.B., M.Eng., and Ph.D. from MIT, and an M.Phil as aa Marshall Scholar at Oxford.

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Ankur Gupta

Molecular & Cell Biology

Graduate of U.C. Berkeley, current M.D. candidate at Louisville. Experienced molecular and cell biologist passionate about translational science and biomedical education.

Avery Kruger

Ecology & Evolution

Ecologist and marine wildlife scientist with several years of research experience in ecology, evolution, and marine biology. 

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Yash Johar

Inorganic & Physical Chemistry

Materials and inorganic chemist interested in application of nanotechnology to water oxidation catalysis and quantum dot synthesis.

Harman Brah

Computational Biochemistry

Experienced biochemist at UCSD Medicine; former scientist at UCSF who specializes in computational biochemistry & drug discovery. Oversees admissions process.

Meenal Pant

Computer Science

Software engineer at Google and founder of PyKids; interested in applying Python programming to real-world applications.

Nilai Patel

Physical & Electrochemistry

Graduate of UCSC, and currently a materials scientists interested in electrochemical engineering for water oxidation catalysis, next-generation solar cells, and spectroscopic/instrumental analysis.

Gayathri Renganathan

Medicinal Biochemistry

Gayathri obtained her M.Pharm at Anna University and has served as a lecturer in Inorganic & Analytical Chemistry, and in her area of expertise, medicinal biochemistry.

Jack Shurtz

Marine Biology & Oceanography

Marine biologist with a passion for mentoring students. Studied and trained at the Scripps Institute for Oceanography in San Diego. 

Nardeen Mikhail

Microbiology

Ms. Mikhail holds an M.S. in microbiology and has taught at the undergraduate level for several years. Her research interests focus on mycotoxin-producing fungi that cause food spoilage.

Nicholas Papano

Computer Science & Engineering

Software engineer with enthusiasm for making mechanical products to improve the human quality of life. The Papano group has engineered everything from turbine blades to keyboards.

Peter Le

Molecular & Cell Biology

UCLA graduate, and current Stanford scientist interested  in understanding human health from the perspective of single-celled organisms using the tools of modern molecular biology.

Keshav Rao

Software Engineering

Keshav is a UC Berkeley graduate and founder of multiple startups,  and an experienced computer engineer. The Rao research group focuses on applied computer science.

Calvin Leung

Quantum Mechanics & Physics

Former engineer on Falcon 9 at SpaceX, and currently pursuing a PhD at MIT in studying fast radioburst signals, quantum communication, and searching for dark matter with atomic clocks. 

Katelyn Hakinson

Clinical Psychology

PhD candidate and M.S. graduate at Palo Alto University in clinical psychology with an emphasis in forensic and neuropsychology. 

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Larry McMahan

Quantum Physics

Dr. McMahan holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Rice, and has four decades of experience in industry (Hewlett-Packard) and in academia as a professor. 

Edward Njoo

Organic & Medicinal Chemistry

Experienced organic chemist, educator, scientist, and Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University. Co-author on multiple peer-reviewed papers in biochemistry, chemical biology, and organic synthesis. 

Joshua Teso

Psychology

Graduate of UC San Diego, experienced experimental psychologist interested in understanding phenomena surrounding human memory.

Scott Clark

Organic Chemistry

Scott Clark is an experienced synthetic organic chemist. Research in the Clark laboratory focuses on complex molecule synthesis.

Soumya Suresh

Genetics & Environmental Studies

Experienced biologist and scientist interested in applying the tools of genetics and molecular biology to study ecological and botanical systems.

Hiral Dantara

Genetics & Bioengineering

Former professor, experienced geneticist and molecular biologist who specializes in CRISPR/Cas9 genetic manipulation and in microbiology.

James Guo

Data Science & Psychology

Experienced psychologist interested in using statistical analysis to understand risk factors and treatment options for depression in at-risk populations.

Karishma Johnson

Data Science and Ecology

Experienced statistician interested in using data analysis to understand complex systems relevant in environmental studies. 

Prabhjeet Kaur

Genetics, Microbiology

Adjunct professor at Evergreen Valley College; experienced geneticist interested in studying fungi species dispersed throughout the SF Bay Area.

Sam Fendell

Machine Learning, Software

UC Berkeley graduate with several years experience as a software engineer at Google and Amazon. Interested in using machine learning to classify and analyze real-world problems.

Carly Truong

Molecular & Cell Biology

Graduate of the American University; experienced neurobiologist with an eye for using cell biology and biotechnology to solve challenging biomedical problems.

Kavya Tallapaka

Biochemistry

Biochemist and COMET fellow at Stanford; experienced in biomedical research utilizing applied biochemistry and molecular biology.

Kavita Gandhi

Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dr. Gandhi holds an M.S. in Biomedical Science and an M.D., and is interested in pursuing challenging topics in modern medicine through translational research in chemistry.

Suresh Subramaniam

Data Science 

Seasoned executive and data scientist with experience in managing large operations and applying data science to solve business problems.

Arielle Ramey

Experimental Psychology

Arielle holds an M.A. in experimental psychology and has several years of research in clinical and experimental psychology.

Staff & Facility Managers

 
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Laboratory Manager;

Chemistry Specialist

Saly Mamani

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Laboratory Manager,

Life Science Specialist

Icela Bernal

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Laboratory Manager,

Physical Science Specialist

Lydia Chew

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Laboratory Technician

Haojin Chen

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Head Lecturer,

Computer Science & Engineering

Dennis Liu

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Technical Specialist,

Computer Science & Engineering

Jesse Jen

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Laboratory Manager,

Healthy & Safety Specialist

Neville Bosco

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Lecturer, Biological, human, and life sciences

Victoria Schmit