MEET THE TEAM

Board of Directors

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SIMRAT JASSAL

President

I graduated from the University of Virginia (UVA) with a degree in Biostatistics and Global Public Health! Go HOOS :) I’ve always wanted to become a pediatrician but definitely open to more fields after shadowing in different areas. The path to medicine is not an easy one and I started MCAT 101 with the hopes of helping students on this track and hopefully making it a little easier by providing mentorship and support. I am also the CARS tutor!

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AAKASH ANANDJIWALA

Secretary

I’m a recent graduate from UF with a BS in Biology. The goal right now is to be an orthopedic surgeon in underserved areas. MCAT101 is a good opportunity for me to share what I learned during the MCAT process and also meet other people with similar goals as me.

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ASHLEY URTECHO

Treasurer

I'm a 2021 graduate of NYU's Neuroscience program! My long term goal is to open a free clinic in an underserved area. I’m so happy to also be volunteering with MCAT101 because I know how stressful it is and how frequent mental breakdowns are when studying for the MCAT. My goal is to make topic sessions as fun as possible so everyone can learn while having a fun time. I lead Biochemistry/Biology and Psychology/Sociology topic sessions :)

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KATHRYN MUTTER, MD, MPH

Board Member

Kathryn Mutter, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  She is Course Director for the Transition Course and the Internship Readiness Course for rising clerkship and graduating fourth year medical students, respectively.  She also serves as Clinical Director of the Center for Interprofessional Collaborations. Her research interests include medical education and interprofessional education.

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MARCEL DURIEUX, MD

Board Member

Dr. Durieux is emeritus professor at the University of Virginia. He comes with a broad view of medicine. After working as an academic anesthesiologist and medical researcher for many years, he now practices primary care at the Charlottesville Free Clinic. He received his medical training in the Netherlands and subsequently requalified to work in the US. Throughout his career he has been known as an excellent teacher, and he is a recipient of the School of Medicine's highest teaching honor, the Master Educator Award.

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CESHAE HARDING, MD

Board Member

Ceshae Harding, MD is an internal medicine resident at Duke University Hospital pursuing a health services research career focused on advancing comprehensive care for women of childbearing age. Her professional interests include women’s health, diversity and inclusion, and public health.

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CARLOS CEVALLOS

Board Member

I am a 4th year medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and will be applying to Emergency Medicine Residencies. Apart from my interests in Medicine itself I am passionate about increasing access to medical education for underserved populations. I know how difficult it can be for traditionally underrepresented people in medicine to go through the daunting process of medical school which is why I'm excited to be part of an organization whose aim is to aid as many of these students reach their goal of attending medical school.

 

MEET OUR TUTORS AND MENTORS

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PRANAVA MALLU

Tutor and Mentor

I graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia in May 2020 with my BS in biology and a minor in Public Health. I am inspired by how everyone is truly putting their best work for the pure purpose of helping other pre-med students.

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NEETIJ KRISHNAN

Tutor

I graduated from St. Olaf College with a major in Biology and a concentration in Biomolecular Science. Having studied for the MCAT in the age of COVID-19, I’m passionate about making studying as painless and straightforward as possible, so as many students can put their best foot forward. I’m dedicated to sharing my experiences as a pre-med student to help guide those who come after me.

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NIKHIL VJ

Tutor and Mentor

I’m a current senior at UT majoring in Human Biology. I was inspired to join MCAT101 because of my age; I just turned 19 in September. I felt that MCAT101 was a great way to understand more about the pre-med process while also helping other people in my position by giving them the information I’ve picked up along the way.

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DILLAN SPECTOR

Tutor

I am a current senior at NYU majoring in Neuroscience. I started tutoring with MCAT101 after completing my MCAT. I didn’t want all of the knowledge I just learned to go to waste, so I thought it would be best to use it to help someone else. I came to MCAT101 because I appreciate their mission to tutor students with financial needs. I was fortunate enough to have a tutor myself and think everyone deserves to have one. I enjoy running and reading. I am also the captain of the NYU cross country team.

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BRAXTON GOODNIGHT

Mentor

I am a 3rd year at the University of Georgia studying biological engineering. I conduct research on traumatic brain injury, and I will be applying to medical school for the 2022 cycle. I took in the MCAT in August 2020, and I provide mentorship to students preparing for the MCAT through Premed Peers.

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ISABELLA KWAN

Tutor

After graduating with B.S. in Biochemistry from UCLA, I raised my CARS scores from 123 to 130 for an additional year studying while exploring the research in cancer immunology and microbiome at National Cancer Institute. I strive to help students not just to remember the concepts, but to understand, relate, and reapply to yourself and daily life.

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ZACH RAICH

Tutor

I'm currently a senior at the University of Louisville majoring in Bioengineering, and I am applying to medical school in the 2021-2022 cycle. I took the MCAT in April 2021, having studied for it at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope to use the skills I developed during this time to help the next generation of pre-med students achieve the scores they desire.

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NISHA SAIF

Tutor

I'm a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Biochemistry and Health & Society. I took the MCAT in August 2020 after self-studying for 10 weeks, and I'm pursuing a career as a physician-scientist. I enjoy working with folks who are also from low-income and underrepresented backgrounds to help them overcome the unique variety of challenges they may face in their journey to medicine. My favorite part is helping students better understand themselves as learners and figure out what works best for them!

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CERISE SIAMOF

Tutor

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2019 with a degree in Biochemistry, and am currently finishing an MPhil in Health, Medicine, and Society at the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, UK. I know the MCAT can be lonely and intimidating, and am excited for the opportunity to build a new community and improve others' test-taking journey by making prep courses more accessible.

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KAREN JARANILLA

Tutor

I graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2019 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and minor in Spanish. I took the MCAT in March 2021 with the dream of becoming a psychiatrist. After increasing my score by 19 points though self-studying, I want to help students achieve similar results without worrying about the price tag.

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SUNNY RAVAL

Tutor

I am a 2020 graduate from the University of Toronto’s Neuroscience Program! I was drawn towards volunteering with Premed Peers after I learned of the organization’s mission of making MCAT prep more affordable and accessible and creating a platform to engage students in the process of their prep! I want to help students feel confident about the MCAT and reach their MCAT goals. I love to draw/graphic design, advocate for mental health, and make people laugh! I help with the Psychology/Sociology topic sessions. :)

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DESTINY

Tutor

I'm a very non-traditional student who graduated from NYU in 2017 as a Psych major. In 2019, I studied for and took the MCAT and from 2020-2021, I was in a post-bacc program. I hope to pass forward all the help and guidance I received for the MCAT and help out otherwise however I can.

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PHILIP GROTZ

Tutor

I am a second-year medical student at the University of Virginia. I graduated from The College of William and Mary in 2020 with majors in Neuroscience and Hispanic Studies. Preparing for the MCAT and preclinical exams has exposed me to the ever-growing economy of overpriced study resources and given me the desire to act in opposition to the progressing monetization of medical education. Some of my other passions include music, dancing, culinary experiments, and competitive Scrabble® play.

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EMMA TROCCI

Tutor

I am a current senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology along with Italian Language and Cultural Studies. While studying for my MCAT, I relied heavily on free services, and was surprised by the lack of free resources available. I took the MCAT in June 2021 and I hope to use what I’ve learned to provide other students with guidance and clarity.