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. 

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
  • Admissions