Ellen grew up in sunny Southern California, solely subsisting on a diet of boba milk tea and In-N-Out burgers. An early interest in science drove Ellen to pursue a degree in Chemistry at Caltech, where her passion for science and human engagement led her to consider a career in medicine. She is currently pursuing an MD-PhD at Harvard Medical School and conducts research on the dysregulation of cell death in cancer. Ellen dreams of one day serving as a pediatric oncologist, of guiding children and teenagers through one of the most grueling journeys that a person can face.
Ellen's affinity for the humanistic elements of science have led her to serve as a STEM tutor for high school and college students, a writing center tutor, and a laboratory teaching assistant. Whether the task at hand is an algebra worksheet, a history essay, or a lab report, Ellen has found the experience of supporting students through academic challenges to be deeply rewarding. By combining expertise and compassion, Ellen hopes to demystify complex scientific concepts and help students reach their true academic potential.
In her spare time, Ellen rocks out on keytar in a four-piece girl band called Panic! At the Library and daydreams about a side-career in medical illustration.