Apolline J.


Apolline was born in Paris, France and moved to LA when she was a kid. After bouncing around a bit, her family ultimately settled in Boston. She is the second of five kids, so she grew up helping her little siblings with homework and beating them at basketball. Her younger brother is now 6 ft tall and, as you can imagine, Apolline no longer agrees to pick-up basketball games. She went to college at the University of Rochester and changed her major a hundred times before settling on genetics, but she still deeply loves soft sciences and literature. She's currently in her first year of medical school at Boston University, working to understand the biology of illness as well as the upstream determinants of community health. She's hoping to use what she learns in pre-clinical years to inform the way she will engage in nuanced, autonomy-supportive conversations with patients in the future. 

In college, Apolline was a TA for several courses, including organic chemistry, introductory biology, and genetics. She thinks that the pre-med path can produce a lot of stress and self-doubt, and as a teacher, it was important to her to make this content more manageable for students (and ultimately energizing!) for students. She works to create gentle, comfortable learning spaces, and she's an expert at tailoring her teaching style to different types of learners. 

In her free time, Apolline enjoys reading, spending time among the trees, and eating breakfast food at times they are not appropriate.

Education & Qualifications
  • Boston University School of Medicine, MD Candidate
  • University of Rochester, BS in Molecular Genetics
  • MCAT
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • French