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Elliot Akama-Garren

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Pre-Med, Race Relations, Fellowships

Hi Kirkland! My name is Elliot and I’m looking forward to getting to know you over the course of my second year as a Resident Tutor. I’m in the MD-PhD program at Harvard Medical School, where I’m doing my PhD in Immunology. Originally I grew up in California and went to MIT for undergrad, after which I spent two years in Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship doing cancer immunology research. Outside of lab I enjoy playing ice hockey, biking, and exploring Boston. Happy to discuss applying to medical school, fellowships, or anything else that might be on your mind!


Eric Bersin

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Engineering, Boat Club, Fellowships

Hey KHaus! I'm excited to return to Kirkland this year along with my wife, Kori. Originally from Chicago, I graduated from Kirkland in 2014, joint concentrating in {Biomedical Engineering} and {Chemistry and Physics}. At Harvard I had the privilege of performing with the Glee Club, the Krokodiloes, and the Bach Society Orchestra. After graduating, I spent a year in Munich on a Fulbright fellowship working at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics. I'm currently a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at MIT, where I'm supported by a NASA Graduate Fellowship and work with Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington. Accordingly, I tutor in Engineering, Fellowships, and Music. My research entails shooting lasers at diamonds in order to build quantum computers - or at least, that's what I tell our funding agencies. Outside work, I love spending time outdoors, volunteering with the Museum of Science, and singing. Come say hello at STEM office hours, chat me up about ways to fund your dream service/study trip, or come de-stress at our dog Dusty's Woofice Hours!

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Luca Politi

Resident Tutor
Tutor In: Art, Kirkland Drama Society, Italian Table, Fellowships, Faculty Dean Retreats

I'm excited to return to Kirkland House for a third year! I graduated from Princeton, where I was also on the fencing team. I then spent one year studying in Pisa, Italy on a Fulbright Scholarship. I am now a graduate student in Harvard's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Apart from research and teaching, I enjoy being involved at Kirkland and getting to know its amazing community. I have a cat, Serena, who is 2 years old and loves to play! We live in the Annex in M-entryway. Please come and say hi when you see me around Kirkland!

Kylie Sago

Kylie Sago

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Senior Resident Tutor, Writing, French Table, Fellowships

Hi, Kirkland! I’m thrilled to return as a tutor in N Entryway. I’m finishing my Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures, and my research focuses on literature and the French empire in the 18th and 19th centuries. During my time at Harvard, I’ve volunteered as a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind and have lived in France for two years. At Kirkland, I lead the Writing team, advise on Fellowships, and run a weekly French table (all levels welcome, so please join us!). Let’s talk public monuments, funky cheeses, good reads, studying abroad, and sweet pups (especially Albert, my released Guiding Eyes lab).