People

Doug and Gail

Doug and Gail

House Masters

We are delighted to welcome you to Eliot House, and look forward to sharing the conversations and good times ahead! A bit about us- Doug holds the Saris University Professorship, and is co-chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, encompassing labs at the Harvard Medical School and here at the College. His research is in regeneration of pancreatic beta cells and diabetes. He loves to talk science of any type, and will happily talk about cloning a mastadon for our very own Eliot House mascot.

Gail migrated from an undergrad degree in biology to environmental policy, then to developmental and cognitive psychology. We have a love of family, friends, science and politics in common, but we differ in our sports preferences- Doug enjoys his time on courts (tennis, squash, basketball), while Gail prefers to be outdoors whenever possible (running, bicycling, skiing). We are always looking for someone to share our daily dog walks, if you’re so inclined. Layla is the white, older dog who loves people. Echo is the brown pup who loves rabbits.

We hope and expect for you to join us in the Dining Hall and fill us in on your life. Floreat Domus de Eliot!

dmelton@harvard.edu

gailokeefe@gmail.com

Michael Canfield

Michael Canfield

Resident Dean

As the Resident Dean in Eliot House, I work closely with the other members of the House staff to support our students. In particular, I help students in planning and carrying out their academic pursuits and also resolving other situations as they arise. Please feel free to contact me in the House Office (N-22) or set up an appointment through Craig Carey to discuss your plans or any concerns you may have. Don’t hesitate to come to me or one of our Resident Tutors if you have a question or concern and don’t know where to begin. We’re here to help.

In addition to my work at Eliot, I am a Lecturer on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology currently teaching Biology of insects and a Freshman Seminar on camouflage and mimicry in nature. I also have an interest in documentation, and recently edited a book entitled Field Notes on Science and Nature that considers how scientists and naturalist record their work. Out of that project, I became fascinated with Theodore Roosevelt, and many of his own notebooks, diaries, and journals are in the collections here at Harvard. It was my childhood ramblings through the forests of northern Michigan that instilled a love of biology and natural history that continues to fuel my studies. During my graduate studies in biology here at Harvard I served as a Resident Tutor in Eliot House. It was during that time that I developed a similar fondness for the community here in Eliot, where I am happy to continue living with my wife Jen and our two sons, Riley and Mitchell.

Craig Carey

Craig Carey

Assistant to the Resident Dean

Hello Eliot House! I am very pleased to be a part of the Eliot community and to work as the Assistant to Resident Dean, Mike Canfield. I grew up in nearby Franklin and I went on to earn a BA in History from Saint Michaels College in Vermont, where I also played on the varsity basketball team. Prior to coming to Harvard, I served as the Director of Constituent Services in the Office of Massachusetts State Representative James E. Vallee. I am always up for a conversation and enjoy discussing politics, history, and of course Boston sports!

I am here to help you with any academic or advising questions you may have, and I look forward to meeting you all and please stop by anytime!

Michael Hankinson

Michael Hankinson

Resident Tutor
Government

Simply put, I study cities - why do they look the way they do and the politics of urban development. More broadly, as the Government concentration adviser, I am thrilled to chat about anything political science-y. Away from the books, my loves include rowing. Look out for the return of the Agassiz Cup. Protect the Plate, Capture the Cup!

Sorell Massenburg

Sorell Massenburg

Senior Resident Tutor
Applied Physics

I’m grateful to return to Eliot House this year with my high school sweetheart Nedra. We both hail from North Carolina, where we love our sweet tea, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and N.C. Bar-B-Que. My southern heritage also means that I’m never too busy for a chat, wherever or whenever our paths cross. As a college student, I spent four years criss-crossing the campuses of two fierce rivals, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University as Roberston scholar. I spent my summers teaching in rural Mississippi, volunteering at the Ministry of Public Health in Argentina, doing research here at Harvard and trying to learn flamenco guitar in Spain, culminating in a Bachelor’s degree in Physics in 2007. After a youthful fling with astrophysics, I began researching the physical properties of mucus and human lung cilia to better understand Cystic Fibrosis. After these research experiences I was hooked on using science to make the world a better place. 

Brandon Tilley

Brandon Tilley

Resident Tutor
Wellness, Literature, Writing, Religon

California native (and fan of the ocean, the Dodgers and the Cal Bears), I am a PhD student in the English department, completing a dissertation about medieval poems that retell Bible stories. With Timnah, I live in B-13, where you are always welcome!

Adrian Veres

Adrian Veres

Resident Tutor
Science, Medicine

Hi Eliot, I was originally born in Romania but grew up for most of my life in Montreal, speaking French. I hope this explains any occasional pronunciation quirks. I am currently an MD/PhD student in my third year (first year of PhD).  My research is focused on deciphering the genes govern cell fate decisions during differentiation. Having been fascinated by science throughout my childhood, it is really a pleasure to spend all my creative energy working on these questions. I have first-hand experience of how great Eliot can be: I won the housing lottery in 2009 and lived in Eliot during my time at Harvard College (class of 2012). 

Just like my degree straddles science and medicine, I get to be part of both the premedical and science tutor squads. You will see me at all Premedical Committee events, as well as various science events, particularly the Lab@Eliot, our informal gathering to share our research.

Sue Weltman

Sue Weltman

House Administrator

This will be my seventeenth  year at Eliot House. It is safe to say that I probably have one of the best jobs at Harvard. I meet the students as freshmen when they get their housing assignments on that famous Thursday in March and then I see them three years later walking across the terrace to receive their diplomas, and not to mention all the great things in between. While working at Eliot House I have met some great people, made lasting friendships, planned many functions and have done a ton  baking for the Masters Open Houses. I split my time between our home in Dedham and New Hampshire, which I share with my husband, Carl. I am here to help you with any housing questions or concerns, reserving a room, or if you just want to chat. My office is located on the second floor of N entryway and is always open.

Amy Alemu

Amy Alemu

Non-Resident Tutor
Humanities/Art
Hey Eliot! Class of '14 graduate here, history concentrator and Darwin's aficionada. Harvard snowpocalypses didn't phase me, so I spent last year in Cambridge working for the Cooper Gallery, an art gallery on campus affiliated with the Hutchins Center for African and African American research. There, I worked on multimedia projects with our exhibitions. Now, I'm beginning as a PhD grad student in African and African American Studies (primary field in history), still with an unwavering love for HUDS Level-4 coffee. Let's talk about careers in the arts and humanities, web design, Living Room, HMC, study abroad, or how to build IKEA furniture!
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Seun Araromi

Resident Tutor
Engineering, Race Relations
I’m very excited to serve as a resident tutor. I’m a Nigerian born, London (England) raised, postdoctoral researcher working in the field of wearable sensors at the Harvard Wyss Institute since early 2016. Having left London at 16 to attend boarding school in the North of Scotland, I subsequently moved to the south England to study at the University of Bristol, where I obtained my Masters and Doctoral degrees. After a brief pause to do volunteer work in Bangladesh, I moved to Switzerland to complete my first postdoc at EPFL, where I stayed for 3 years. My passions include dancing, applied research, technology transfer, general life adventuring, and Christian spirituality. I look forward to discussing these and more with you!
Timnah Baker

Timnah Baker

Resident Tutor
Wellness, LGBTQ

G’day, Eliot! I’m an attorney from Melbourne, Australia, a PhD candidate in law at the University of Sydney, and a research fellow in the Harvard government department (FAS, not Kennedy). I work in comparative asylum and immigration law, and have recently begun research in freedom of religion. Aside from law related things, I love yoga, cheesy romantic comedies, spending time with my family Down Under and with Eliotites in the Domus d'hall.

Patrick Behrer

Patrick Behrer

Non-Resident Tutor
Fellowships

Hi Eliot! I’m thrilled to be joining Eliot again as a non-resident tutor. My girlfriend Katie and I graduated from Eliot in 2010 and 2009, respectively, and are so excited to be back in Cambridge. I’m originally from Pittsburgh, PA. I concentrated in economics as an undergrad and I’m back to do a PhD in public policy. Between then and now I’ve travelled throughout South America and the Caribbean, lived in New Zealand for a year as a Fulbright, worked as a research assistant, and spent two years in Colorado completing my master’s degree. My passion is the environment and my work focuses on how economics can shape better conservation policy. 

Jimmy Biblarz

Jimmy Biblarz

Resident Tutor
Social Studies, LGBTQ

Greetings Domus! I’m Jimmy and I’ll be working to set new records this for year for “that guy who just graduated and you’re not quite sure why he’s still around.” I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA and am still learning how to dress for a Boston winter (I think it is a lifelong struggle). I just graduated from Eliot in May and am thrilled to be working as a nonresident tutor here this year. At Harvard, I studied Social Studies and English and am happy to advise about course and concentration selection, thesis preparation, and navigating the various departments. I focused on education reform and policy particularly issues of racial and socioeconomic segregation in American urban school districts. As a Peer Advising Fellow (PAF), I became well acquainted with the ins-and-outs of Harvard academic and social life, so please reach out if you have any questions about academic or extracurricular life on campus.