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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 starting 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!

Buse Aktas

Buse Aktas

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Arts, STEM

Merhaba, Kirkland - I’m excited for my second year as a tutor in K-Entry! I’m from Edirne, Turkey and a fourth year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering (SEAS) with a secondary field in Critical Media Practice (AFVS). After undergrad at Princeton, I lived in Istanbul for several years where I had my own art studio (sculpture, installation, performance) and worked at a variety of jobs from R&D for household appliances, to urban design work with municipalities, to being a personal assistant to other -less struggling- artists. I completed my Master's in Istanbul, focusing my research on how contemporary art can collaborate with traditional craft practices. Currently I'm working on making soft robots have smarter bodies, improving engineering education practices, and infiltrating the world of engineering with artistic gestures. I’d be more than happy to chat about art, craft, science, education, culture, as well as interdisciplinary and international career paths. I look forward to meeting you all, and let's make some art together!


Rosa Baum

Resident Tutor
Tutor In: Conversations with Kirkland, Pre-Law, IMs

Hi all! I’m incredibly excited to be in the Kirkland Community. I’m currently a dual degree student, pursuing a JD at the law school and a Masters in Public Policy at the Kennedy School. I hail from Colorado, with life having taken me for a great ride fo work (ie Mexico City where I was a legal services provider for migrants arriving in Mexico), study (Cairo, Egypt), play (I just competed in the World Ultimate (Frisbee) Club Championship), and pleasure (my most recent trip oversees was to work at a refugee camp on the island of Leros, Greece). I’m always up for a good chat about life, school, sports (I personally have played basketball, softball, baseball, football, soccer, and ultimate frisbee), or the future (I’m headed into public interest government work), and love getting out and about—the Colorado in me jumps at the opportunity to run, hike, or get out on the water. Whatever it is, let’s have some fun with it.


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!


Liz Butterworth

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Pre-Law, Fellowships, Public Service, Classics

Hi Kirkland! I'm excited to be joining you as a new tutor this year! I'm a 2L at Harvard Law School. I came to law school on the later side, after doing a variety of things related to teaching and education - I taught Latin, mythology, and Greek and Roman literature at Hunter College in NYC, wrote grants for education nonprofits, developed after-school arts and humanities programs for young kids, and spent 2 years living and studying in the UK. I grew up in Worcester, and in my free time I love exploring Massachusetts, reading fiction, musical theater, and everything related to the Muppets. I can't wait to get to know the Kirkland community!
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Katia Chadaideh

Resident Tutor
Tutor In: Study Abroad, CARE, STEM, Dessert Open Houses, Tutor hiring coordinator

Hey there, Kirkland! I’m super excited to be back for my third year as a tutor in H-entryway! Born and raised in Orlando, I braved the Boston winters to pursue a PhD in human evolutionary biology here at Harvard. I’m studying the impacts of diet on the gut microbiome (my research makes me think a lot about food, so you’ll be seeing me in the dining hall often!). As an undergrad at Rollins College, I majored in biochemistry and anthropology, and had the chance to conduct fieldwork in Spain, Mexico, and Japan. I’d be thrilled to chat about all things science at the STEM table, and to help you find opportunities for lab experiences or travels abroad! In my free time, I love hiking/camping, yoga, and am trying to become a more consistent runner. Looking forward to an amazing year!


Jaim Coddington

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Pre-Career, Brew Club, Beer Seminar, IMs, Writing

Hey Kirkland House! I grew up in Boulder, Colorado and have always loved outdoor pursuits like hiking, camping, surfing, and fishing. I went to American University in DC for undergrad, where I studied foreign policy and Russian language. I traveled extensively in college and immediately after graduation, spending time in Russia, Brazil, and Azerbaijan. After coming back to the States, I worked for my dad's roofing company for a year while training for Marine Officer Candidate School. I then spent time on active duty in Texas, Hawaii, and Virginia. My most recent assignment was with an artificial intelligence project at the Pentagon, and in the past few years I have developed a passion for technology policy. I am an incoming Mid-Career Master in Public Administration student, and this will be my first semester as a tutor. I look forward to meeting all of you and building community together in Kirkland!

Dawn Comstock

Dawn Comstock

Resident Tutor
20 DeWolfe 48
Tutor In: Pre-Med

Hi Kirkland House! Looking forward to my 4th year as a Tutor in Kirkland! I’m originally from Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College where I majored in Biology and Scandinavian Studies. I’m starting my seventh year as an MD/PhD student at Harvard, and pursuing my PhD in Immunology. Currently, I spend a lot of my time in lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute studying cancer immunotherapy. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, eating brunch, and traveling. I’m excited to play IM sports, hang out in the Kirkland Dining Hall, and have lots of conversations over coffee or tea!... Read more about Dawn Comstock

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Anika Gupta

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: STEM, Faculty Engagement, Arts Outings

Hey there, Kirkland! I’m delighted to join the Kirkland family as a tutor alongside Raj. We’ll be running Fridays with Faculty and Arts Outings, and I’m excited to also advise in STEM. Originally from California, I’m currently a third year PhD student at Harvard and the Broad Institute using single cell genomics to better characterize what defines a cell’s identity. I studied at MIT for my undergrad (’18), where I became enamored by data science, biotech, and Boston. Outside of lab, I enjoy nature (hiking, climbing, biking), arts (singing, sketching, poetry), and as of recently, podcasting. I’m thrilled to get to know you all—please never hesitate to reach out!


Mohammed Jagana

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Pre-Law, Social and Environmental Justice, Race Relations, IMs

Hey Kirkland! I’m extremely excited to be joining Kirkland House as a tutor this year! I’m originally from Seattle, WA (no, it does not rain everyday lol) and am in my second year at Harvard Law School. Before coming to law school, I spent a year in Amsterdam, Netherlands teaching English and researching education while on a Fulbright. I’m a pre-law advisor, but will also be helping out with IMs, Race Relations, and Environmental Justice programming. I’m happy to chat about hiking, travel adventures, and Harry Potter. I look forward to meeting you all!

Edie Johnson

Edie Johnson

Resident Tutor and Sophomore Advising Coordinator
20 DeWolfe 38
Tutor In: BGLTQ, First Gen advising

Hi KHouse! Rachel and I are excited to be back as tutors for our fourth year! You can find us and my dog, Cookie, in DeWolfe 20-38. We are both Kirkland House alums dedicated to bringing the Straus Cup back to its rightful home! I’m originally from a very small town (population <100) in Northern Minnesota and graduated from Harvard with a concentration in Engineering Sciences. I worked at Harvard’s Office of Career Services for two years, and now I work at a startup called Virtudent (founded by one of Kirkland’s non-resident tutors). Outside of work, I love playing board games in the dining hall and am always looking for new players!
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Kevin Mastro

Resident Tutor and Sophomore Advising Coordinator
Tutor In: BGLTQ, STEM Table

Hi Kirkland House!!!!! My name is Kevin (he/him/his) and I am so excited to be joining the Kirkland community as a first year resident tutor. Grew up in Worcester (Central Mass, Woo!) before heading out to undergrad and graduate school in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, respectively. As the old saying goes, all roads lead back to Boston, and now I am a postdoc in neurobiology at Harvard Medical School where I am interested in how our brain and behavior changes through adolescence. Within the Kirkland community, I will specialize on building, with all of you, a safe space for the BLGTQIA+ community and to lend my support to STEM, race relations, pre-med and IM, too! Outside of the lab, I enjoy staying active, tending to my millions of plants and finding the best new food spots in town. Beyond academia, I am passionate about affordable housing, healthcare equity and finding new ways to get involved within community advocacy. Can't wait to meet you all and to see what makes Kirkland community so special, you!! 


Katherine Mateo

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Pre-Law, Race Relations, Spanish Table

Hi Kirkland! I’m very excited to be part of this community. I am from Philadelphia, PA and am in my third year of the joint degree program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School. I am a pre-law advisor, a race relations advisor, and I host a Spanish table in the dining hall. Swing by if you’d like to chat!... Read more about Katherine Mateo


Julia Pian

Resident Tutor
20 DeWolfe 48
Tutor In: Pre-Med, Fellowships

Hi Kirkland! My name is Julia and I'm from sunny San Diego, but now call this freezing place home. I graduated from Kirkland in 2015, concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology, with a secondary field in English. I graduated from the combined Harvard MD/MBA program in 2020 and am now a physician resident in the Combined Boston Residency Program in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. I'm happy to chat about science, medicine, business, and joint degree programs. In my spare time, I am a theater aficionado (always game for a musical sing-along or a discussion of Shakespeare), martial artist and pasta/udon lover.
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Thomas Plumb-Reyes

Thomas Plumb-Reyes

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: CARE, STEM Table, Brew Club, Beer Seminar

Hi Everybody! I’m so excited to be returning to the resident team to continue helping (of-age) Kirklanders learn to appreciate the wide world of fermented beverages. I’m a PhD candidate in Applied Physics where I study tangled things (think long hair, bird’s nests, headphones in your pocket, DNA, etc.) in the Applied Math Lab under Professor L. Mahadevan. Beyond the Beer and Whisk(e)y Seminars, you can find me during STEM office hours and as part of the CARE and Writing teams. I’m always happy to talk comic books, sci-fi and crime fiction, old movies, and vintage fashion. Finally, I look forward to working with you all to build a better, more inclusive STEM culture.