GRTs have been a long standing tradition at MIT. These fine people are a crucial part of an MIT education. Not only can they provide you with academic guidance and support, they are here for you for whatever problem you are facing. They also provide amazing study breaks, anything from Chinese food to smoothies is fair game!
Email: josephe (at) mit.edu
I was born in Alabama, grew up in Pennsylvania, went to High school in DC and attended Georgia Tech in Atlanta for my undergraduate degree. Now I'm in the Microbiology PhD program at MIT studying the ecology of the bacteria in the human gut (in other words, I'm getting a PhD in poop). I did Americorps for two years in the middle of my undergraduate degree, and before college I became an EMT and a Nursing Assistant. I love working in restaurants and still work at the Thirsty Ear Pub on MIT campus. I love games like chess, Starcraft, and modern board games where I have the opportunity to be competitive, but in real life I just want to get along and cook for people. I'd be happy to help with Life Sciences, Probability, Statistics, and introductory Python.
Email: axolotl (at) mit.edu
I was born and raised in beautiful Puerto Rico. While I was an undergrad at the University of Puerto Rico, I bounced around between majors until a summer research experience showed me how I could combine my passions for programming and molecular biology, and eventually I graduated as a Computer Science major. Now, I am a PhD candidate in the Computational and Systems Biology program at MIT, advised by professors Wendy Gilbert and Gene Wei Li. With them, I am studying the ways in which bacteria modify and manipulate their mRNA as a way to regulate the expression of their genes. I love learning new skills, both in and out of lab, and have dabbled in dance, karate, running, and other things. Recently, the circus has become one of my favorite places to challenge myself; on any given weekend, you’ll probably find me juggling (dropping things, mostly) or swinging on a trapeze. I also love a relaxed evening spent playing board games or cooking with friends, or reading a good book.
Email: ncbrown (at) MIT.edu
Originally from central Pennsylvania, I studied architecture and civil engineering at Princeton, worked on building energy retrofits in Chicago for two years, and then came to MIT in 2014. I am a PhD student in Building Technology, where I am part of the Digital Structures research group focusing on computation for conceptual design. I watch (and play when I can) as many sports as possible, with strong preferences for football, basketball, and running. My childhood home was a combination canoe paddle and motorcycle saddlebag factory/airport/Christmas tree farm (loosely speaking). I spend an excessive amount of time looking at the world on Google maps and reading articles of all shapes and sizes. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone at Maseeh better!
Growing up in central Pennsylvania, I graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. After undergrad, I moved to Chicago to complete a two year Americorps teaching fellowship with Citizen Schools, a national education non-profit focused on bringing volunteer-led, hands-on learning opportunities to middle schoolers in under-resourced communities across the country. Upon moving to Boston, I was able to continue working with Citizen Schools (which is headquartered here) in development, coordinating fundraising activity across our national network. When I’m not trying to raise millions of dollars, I enjoy being active and outside (doing yoga, playing soccer, and going for walks/runs on a sunny day are some of my faves) and playing all the games (board, card, mind -- you name it). I also have a mild crafting obsession and a pretty serious sweet-tooth. I am very excited to be part of the Maseeh community and can’t wait to get to know everyone!
Mary Elizabeth Wagner
Email: mbwagner (at) mit.edu
I came to MIT in 2012 as an undergrad after living my whole life just outside Chicago (so you’ll never hear me complain about the weather). I took my degree in Course 3 and decided to stay on in the department as a grad student. My research focuses on recovering precious metals (like gold and platinum) from recycled electronics at ultra-high temperatures, but I also work on a side project studying how to make Wootz, a type of “legendary” sword made hundreds of years ago in the Middle East. I’m also taking a second graduate degree in gemology through the Gemological Institute of America, which is basically a fancy way of saying if you give me a gemstone, I’m learning how to tell you what it is, how it was made, and what it’s worth.
When I’m not playing around with shiny or sparkly things, I like to write fiction, practice new recipes, and read police detective novels. My favorite color is red, and if I could meet anyone from the past, it would be Blackbeard the Pirate. I’m a huge fan of Arrested Development, classic-era Doctor Who, and Chopped. If you ever want any random animal facts, I worked at a zoo throughout high school, so I’m the person to go to. I also strongly believe there are few things in this world better than fancy cheese or dark chocolate. I’m excited to be part of the Maseeh House Team and can’t wait to meet everyone!
Email: eesh (at) mit.edu
I grew up in Piscataway, NJ amongst a rather large extended family in the mid-Atlantic region. I went to college at Duke University in Durham, NC and studied mechanical engineering, dabbled in marine science and education, played club volleyball, and studied abroad at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, NZ. On multiple occasions, I found myself in full body paint. Here at MIT, I'm a Course 2 in the Laboratory for Autonomous Marine Sensing (LAMSS) in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. My focus is applying underwater autonomous vehicles for acoustic environmental sensing; I'm motivated by the lack of high-resolution data in making informed scientific decisions and my fascination with the greater outdoors. Many of my friends here at MIT would describe me as a kid at heart. I love cartoons, am easily entertained by ball sports, and often fall asleep in strange positions. I have a separate stomach for ice cream and set up background soundtracks for the normalcy in my life. I will gladly admit when I don't know something and am looking forward to learning from all of you.
Email: yasminz (at) mit.edu
I was born in Iran but grew up in the U.S. (in several states), but I’ll always claim California to be home. I started with a B.S. in Animal Physiology and Neuroscience at University of California - San Diego and am now a fourth year PhD student in Environmental Policy and Planning within MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning (Course 11). My research focuses on transboundary water management and water diplomacy in the Nile Basin.
How did I go from Biology to Urban Planning? It was a circuitous path that involved working with non-profits in LA, teaching in Ghana, traveling, working for a non-profit in Washington, DC, an M.S. in Urban Planning at Columbia University, and working for a couple years as a consultant at the World Bank. I’m a big proponent of letting passion and curiosity lead you (versus following a clearly defined path).
In my free time, I enjoy hiking, scuba diving - my favorite spots have been Bunaken (Indonesia) and Galapagos, traveling and learning about other cultures, and long walks with friends (including residents!). I always have tea and try to leave my door open in the evenings so feel free to stop by and tell me about where you’re from, what you’re here to do (academics and otherwise) and/or anything you may be struggling with (and would like to work through). Welcome to Maseeh!
Email: jibrilk (at) mit.edu
I was born in Ethiopia, and moved to Baltimore, Maryland when I was 8 years old. I graduated from Columbia University in 2015 with a degree in Biophysics. Afterwards, I moved to Boston to start my MD/PhD training at Harvard Medical School and MIT. After completing two years of my medical training, I am currently in my first year of graduate school in the MIT Biology Program. I work in the David Sabatini Lab at the Whitehead Institute where we study the mTOR pathway, a major regulator of cellular growth in many species. Outside of lab work, I enjoy reading, cooking, watching shows on Netflix, and playing squash. I am very excited to join the Maseeh team and look forward to meeting everyone!
Email: cbuss (at) mit.edu
Hi! I’m a medical engineering & medical physics (MEMP) PhD student in the Health Sciences & Technology program. My research focuses on applying nanotechnology in combination with synthetic biology to problems in human health, primarily cancer and infectious disease. Before coming to MIT, I lived in Brooklyn while doing cancer molecular biology research at the Rockefeller University in Manhattan... which was a super logical field to work in for someone with a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Cornell (as a side note: I can sometimes be quite sarcastic).
Outside of academics, I love to bake, I’m an amateur photographer, and I run whenever I have a couple hours free (and when it’s warm enough outside). And I love to talk, so please knock on my door if you’re ever looking for advice (life, career, baking, photography, or whatever) or just a friendly ear!
Email: fatimah (at) mit.edu
Originally from Frederick, MD, I first arrived at MIT in 2007 as an undergrad and studied environmental engineering and women’s and gender studies. My interests in water sustainability and public health led me to work on a development project in Ecuador, study public health policy in India, and research water reuse in Israel. After MIT, I moved out west to study water reuse for agricultural applications. I received my Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford, and then, through a series of serendipitous events, ended up back at MIT. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Microbiology, focusing on the roles of viruses in shaping microbial communities in the ocean. In addition to my scientific endeavors, I also enjoy cooking, discussing current events, hiking, and arts and crafts.
Email: erichint (at) mit.edu
Want to colonize Mars? I do. That’s why I’m working on building MOXIE with NASA – an oxygen-producing machine that we are sending to Mars in 2020. It’s going to prove that we can make oxygen from the atmosphere on Mars to let our astronauts breathe, and more importantly, provide most of the rocket fuel needed to get the astronauts home.
Besides enabling human space travel, I compose electronic dance music. I’ve got a YouTube channel – DJAirechoTechno – and am not afraid to use it. I play most sports, enjoy doing outdoors stuff, and am always down for a beach day.
I grew up in the rural town of Midland, Michigan and had a great childhood thanks to my parents, my older sister Corina, and my younger brother Kevin. I went to Notre Dame for chemical engineering, and it was a really terrific experience. I played saxophone in the marching band and got to travel all over the country to play at football games. I then worked in a paint plant for a few years, decided it wasn’t for me, and quit my job to come back to MIT to study astronautics. Stop by and chat – my door is always open.
Email: amauche (at) mit.edu
I am a second-year graduate student in Computational Neuroscience in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT. I currently work as a member of the Synthetic Neurobiology Group specializing in using biological and machine learning techniques to build structural models of the central nervous system. I am interested in understanding how the interaction of complex neural circuits leads to thoughts, perceptions, learning, memory, and behavior and developing devices to interpret and influence brain function. Prior to arriving at MIT, I designed and developed neuroscience games at the National Institutes of Health. I have worked in industry as a software developer on Apple's iPhone software team and on Microsoft's Cloud Infrastructure team.
I was born and raised in Washington D.C. I earned my bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University and my master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University. I love to follow sports, especially college basketball and tennis. I also love to talk tech, history, culture, and food. If you just want a listening ear I'm here for that too. Feel free to come by, all are welcome!
Email: bdatta (at) mit.edu
I’m a second year PhD student in the Object-Based Media group at the Media Lab and I arrived at MIT from Maryland via Philadelphia. I study materials (both how we can leverage them for technology and how we perceive them), and I love caffeine.
I studied Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2014. While at Penn, I served as a Resident Advisor and led a Visual Arts Residential Program to escape the drudgery of engineering problem sets and strike a balance between technical tasks and creative endeavors. I spent time as a Peer Advisor and Teaching Assistant and I worked in a Chemistry/ Materials Science lab and researched quantum dot materials for photovoltaic applications.
On campus, I work as a graduate community fellow on programs for women, and I volunteer with an organization called Minds Matter, through which I mentor a local high school student. I enjoy eating frozen yogurt and exploring cities. I like photography, tea, and talking to people. I run in my free time, and I’m trying to learn hip-hop dance this summer. This summer, I plan to start an herb garden and practice cooking some new dishes. I love reading, listening to spoken-word poetry, and trying new food. I'm frequently excited by dinosaurs and sushi, and I hope to one day apply my materials background to a career in human-centered product design. At any given time, I have about fourteen types of tea in my room, so feel free to drop by for a cup!
Email: mgutier (at) mit.edu
I was born in Mexico, but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio from when I was 10 through high school. I went to Purdue University where I studied electrical engineering, and was a varsity swimmer all four years. Now at MIT I'm pursuing my Masters and PhD under Professor Steve Leeb. In his lab we look at how different power converters found in everyday electronics can affect the performance and stability of the utility grid. I'm also a TA for the 6.131 and 6.115 labs taught by Prof. Leeb. Outside of the lab I'm still very involved in swimming, and still race competitively from time to time, as well as being an assistant for the MIT swimming and diving teams. You'll find me on the pool deck cheering them on during a swim meet! I've also become of fan of sailing, and I also like running, climbing, and skiing. I also can play the drums, so I welcome any drum-off challenges!