Kisha grew up in San Diego and still isn’t quite sure about this whole “winter” thing even after three years in New York. She attended college at the University of California, Berkeley where she was a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar and majored in molecular and cell biology, with an emphasis in neurobiology, and minored in English. She spent her college summers at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California performing mouse surgery and studying the amygdala in a molecular neurobiology lab. After graduating, she worked in biotech at Abbott Labs before starting medical school at Columbia.
Kisha’s been tutoring since high school and is equally comfortable with kids and college students. During college, she tutored elementary school children in everything from math to music, as well as worked as a peer-tutor for organic chemistry. She thinks that the physics section of the MCAT is fun to teach because it’s straightforward and consistent, but that mastering the internal logic of the verbal section really gives students a chance to distinguish themselves.
Kisha is invested mental health; she does research on the epigenetic effects of maternal mood during pregnancy. She sometimes remembers to prioritize mental health in her own life, too.