Esmat grew up near Sacramento, CA where she spent most of her time rooting for the Sacramento Kings and eating saltwater taffy. Esmat attended UC Berkeley where she graduated with a major in microbial biology and a minor in secondary mathematics & science education. While there, she was awarded a University Merit Scholarship and the Koshland Endowed Scholarship for her dedication to K-12 STEM education. After college, Esmat worked as a research associate at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where she focused on understanding the role of DNA methylation in altering 3D genome architecture. Although she’s not a fan of east coast winters, Esmat made Princeton, NJ her home as she pursues a PhD in Molecular Biology. Esmat’s PhD thesis work focuses on understanding the biochemical mechanisms of cancer-associated histone mutations on post-translational modifications of chromatin.
Esmat has extensive experience in tutoring students from the time she was in high school. As an undergraduate, she partook in formal coursework on classroom pedagogy, social dynamics, and effective teaching strategies specific to STEM courses. Additionally, she participated in several externships at high schools in the Bay Area where she taught algebra, biology and AP Biology. Now, Esmat is a teaching assistant in the Molecular biology department where she helps undergraduates with biology coursework. At Cambridge Coaching, Esmat uses her years of experience to tutor students of all ages ranging from elementary school through the college level.
Outside her studies, Esmat enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, going to group fitness classes, exploring metropolitan areas and watching the Bachelor.