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. Echo is our energetic brown pup who loves rabbits... chasing them.
We hope and expect for you to join us in the Dining Hall and fill us in on your life. Floreat Domus de Eliot!
Hello Eliot House! I am very pleased to be a part of the Eliot community and to work as the Academic Coordinator of Eliot House. 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!
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.
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.
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 lot of baking for the Faculty Deans, 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.
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!
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.
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.
Resident Tutor Writing, Literature Eliot Boat Club
My wife Maggie and I couldn't be happier to live and learn alongside you this year from J entryway. I'm a writer by trade, having held down jobs as a magazine editor, teacher, and community news reporter. My current project is a novel about a Depression-era coal mining strike in Bell County, Kentucky, where my family hails from.
More recently, I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah (also mountainous), and I'm happy to chat about all things West and most things South. Look for me this year at Eliot's Writing Table to discuss your academic and creative writing projects, and also in the dining hall, where I'm usually typing away - and competing with Maggie and Jimmy to exhaust the house's Diet Coke ration. FDDE!
Resident Tutor Class Diversity, Office Meowrs, Social sciences
Hello Eliot! I’m a computational social scientist working on a PhD in Sociology, and in the house I advise on class diversity and the social sciences. I also house "Office Meow-rs" with my kitty Elle. I made way to sociology through interdisciplinary degrees that can be distilled into psychology and computer science, and most of my research pre-Harvard was focused on higher education policy at the intersections of economics, psychology and education. I worked in a range of industries before making my way to Harvard, but now I spend most of my day in front of a computer, so I am nearly always happy to chat (seriously, come talk to me!), whether about important life decisions or the newest internet meme.