Ava is currently a PhD candidate in Organismic Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University. She graduated magna cum laude from Cornell in 2012, majoring in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in neurobiology. In college, she served as a Biology Student Advisor, wrote for a student science journal, and conducted experimental research on the sweetest creatures in the world: bees and wasps. After literally being bitten by the research bug, she worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center after graduating where she co-authored two peer-reviewed publications in Nature and Cell. 

While in graduate school, Ava has been teaching university-level biology courses for over three years. Her duties as a teaching fellow include not only grading, but also lecturing, developing a syllabus, and guiding an undergraduate research project from start to finish. As a conqueror of many applications and standardized tests, Ava hopes to make them as accessible as possible. Not only by creating a personalized lesson plan, but also by helping the student thoroughly understand the material at hand. At Cambridge Coaching, Ava specializes in teaching the SSAT and ISEE, along with high school and college level STEM subjects.

When not serving as an advisor for the health app AskTia or furiously writing code, you can find her jamming out to Beyonce on a spin bike or eating mac and cheese (though usually not at the same time). 

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD Candidate in Organismic Evolutionary Biology
  • Cornell University, BA in Biological Science, Neurobiology Concentration
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics & Probability
  • Admissions
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Ava was always incredibly helpful in teaching me concepts I didn't understand and going over practice problems with me. She would find practice problems online and even seek out teachers who taught the course in the past in order to learn more about how she could help me. She was also extremely supportive and friendly, and always made me feel like I was making progress!"
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    (Anonymous, Biology)