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Meet the Team

Our Tutors


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


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.


Dillan Spector


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.


Braxton Goodnight


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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Zach Raich


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.


Karen Jaranilla


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.




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


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


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.

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Sarah Van Daele


I graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Human Biology. At the time, my stats were suboptimal, as were my confidence levels. I pursued plan B and graduated from chiropractic school in 2019. In 2021, I met my mentor who ignited a spark within me to follow my real dreams and pursue medicine. I created a study plan and got to work, studying in every free moment and I was able to raise my MCAT score. I hope to ignite the spark in fellow premeds and help them identify their own strategies for success.


Sara Saravanan


I am a junior at the University of Texas at Dallas majoring in neuroscience. I took the MCAT in September 2021 after studying for 3 months during the summer. I know that studying for the MCAT is a daunting task. There is a lot of advice and information out there about the exam and it can get confusing. I hope to help my fellow pre-meds navigate their own path to achieving their target MCAT score.

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Alex Zavitsanos


I graduated in 2020 from Lehigh University with a BS in Biology. I took the MCAT in September of 2021 after self-studying for 5 months while working full time in clinical research. In this time, I realized how discriminatory this process is, especially for students who do not have thousands of dollars to throw around. I hope to help the team at MCAT101 level the playing field in medicine for people of all financial statuses and backgrounds.

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Makenna Lindsey


I am a graduating senior at the University of California Berkeley majoring in molecular environmental biology. I studied for the MCAT this past semester while doing a few classes and working as a CNA part-time. With how expensive different MCAT prep programs are, I believe it is unfair how less financially privileged students are at such a disadvantage. That's why I wanted to work with such a great, cost-effective program like MCAT 101 to help others who might not have access to these other kinds of services.


Sarah Martin


I’m a 2022 graduate from University of Maryland, earning a BS in Biological Sciences and a BA in Vocal Performance. I studied for the MCAT during the summer of 2021 while working a full-time research internship, and as someone that’s responsible for their own education finances, it was so helpful to have MCAT101's help during that process! When I’m not busy with my 2023 cycle application, you can find me trying out new bubble tea spots, playing jazz piano, and supporting extracurricular education opportunities


Grace Meara


I graduated from Boston University with a major in biology specialized in genetics, molecular biology, and cellular biology. I previously worked in cancer research studying cellular pathways, and have since transitioned to global health outreach to provide newborns with medical devices in low-resource settings. I took the MCAT in March 2022, scoring 19 points higher from my diagnostic scores. I hope to provide guidance and invigorate other students in their studies!

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Iksha Rohatgi


I graduated from UVA in May 2022 with my BA in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience. I was drawn to MCAT101 after realizing how difficult it was to receive affordable help for the MCAT while studying myself. I hope to help my peers earn their target MCAT score by sharing any information and support that I can offer.

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Skylar Magee


I graduated from the class of 2021, with a neuroscience degree, from Connecticut College. My career goals are focused on becoming a physician with a focus on surgery, I hope to use my abilities as a physician to partner with global humanitarian efforts and give back to those in need. I am thrilled to partner with MCAT101 and help premeds take on the complexities of the MCAT. Through my roles as a tutor and a scheduling aid, I hope to offer this help and guidance to allow premeds to excel.


Carolyn Neves


I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a minor in Health & Wellbeing. In the future, I hope to attend medical school with goals of becoming a practicing physician in an underserved area. After taking the MCAT myself, I’m excited to be an MCAT101 mentor to help and support other pre-med students as they navigate this journey towards becoming a physician!

Dominque Johnson


I graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. I just recently took the MCAT to apply to medical school and while studying for the MCAT, I realized that it was a very expensive endeavor. As someone who also needed assistance with affording all of the materials that are required to succeed on the MCAT, I realized that many others faced the same issue. That is why I joined the team in order to help others that cannot afford expensive tutors or MCAT prep courses so they too can conquer this test and accomplish their dream of becoming a physician. 

Emma West


My name is Emma West and I graduated from Emory University in 2023 with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. I am currently in my gap year working in a clinical research lab focusing on using transcranial magnetic stimulation as a treatment for PTSD and working as an EMT. A fun fact about me is that I love being active and am currently training for my first marathon!

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