Chris grew up with a passion for STEM, which he explored at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Earning a full-tuition scholarship, he studied Chemical Engineering and completed exciting Biomedical Engineering projects, like growing "dancing" heart tissue whose beating pattern could be manipulated by music. These project experiences and an internship at Genentech, drove Chris to pursue a career in research. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with membership in Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, and Omega Chi Epsilon, the Chemical Engineering Honor Society, he accepted a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Here, he preformed retinal tissue engineering research to preserve and restore vision. Upon completion of his fellowship and publishing his research in a peer-reviewed journal, Chris started his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Starting as a Junior Martial Arts Instructor at 13-years-old, Chris found teaching to be an especially rewarding experience. Throughout his undergraduate and graduate education, he transitioned from teaching martial arts to empowering students to succeed on standardized tests (SAT, ACT and GRE) and in their mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering coursework. In addition to these tutoring experiences, Chris volunteers to teach STEM classes to promising teenagers from low-income communities through the Young Eisner Scholars Program and to mentor an undergraduate engineering student at The Cooper Union.
Though no longer a martial arts instructor, Chris still studies Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has found this training extremely valuable because it encourages him to see the connections between his many interests, like science, martial arts, yoga and cooking. As a tutor, Chris teaches his students to take a similar approach to their learning; instead of being afraid of certain concepts, he challenges students to root them in something they are passionate about and comprehend it through this unique lens.