People

Shomesh Chaudhuri

Shomesh Chaudhuri

Originally from Canada, I graduated from Harvard College as a member of the Class of 2011. I concentrated in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering, minored in Economics, and was a member of the men’s varsity soccer team. I’m currently a member of the Jenks Vestibular Physiology Laboratory where we develop vestibular neuroprosthetics and conduct research in vestibular sensory signal processing.

Christie Chiu

Christie Chiu

Hello! I grew up in the small town of Bedford, MA and completed my undergrad at MIT, so needless to say, I love the Cambridge and Boston area! Currently, I am a graduate student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences working on my PhD in atomic physics. Apart from physics and physics outreach, I love ice skating (especially on Boston Common!), playing volleyball, sailing on the Charles river, ballroom dance, and shopping. Arts and crafts are also a hobby of mine, especially those on the quirkier side such as watermelon carving or mathematical sculptures. I'm absolutely thrilled to be a freshmen proctor and cannot wait to meet you!

Kendell Clement

Kendell Clement

I studied Computer Science and Bioinformatics at Brigham Young University, and after my graduation in 2009, spent a year in Berlin, Germany studying and doing research. While in Germany, I went on an epic roadtrip from Berlin to Venice on which I set a new personal land speed record on the Autobahn. It was good that I got that out of my system, because my driving speeds have been somewhat restricted ever since coming to Boston three years ago to study medical engineering in the Health Sciences and Technology PhD program at MIT and Harvard. I currently study epigenetics, specifically in development and tumorigenesis.

Tyler Clites

Tyler Clites

Welcome to Harvard! I was born and raised in New Hampshire, and studied engineering at Harvard as an undergraduate. As a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, I currently have the world’s best day job. I get paid to build robotic legs and design neural controllers for both animal and human patients! If you get a chance, ask me about my goats. After my freshman year of college, I spent two years in Brazil, and am now fluent in Portuguese. My wife Kendall and I were married in 2013. Kendall studied music at Wellesley, focusing in choral conducting, and is an avid pianist.  Together we enjoy discovering new restaurants, sailing, hiking, and playing board games. We share our home with a one-year-old Samoyed puppy named Daisy, who is extremely excited to meet you!

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April Cook

April Cook

When not riding my motorcycle or running along the Charles River, you can find me hanging out with my partner Tim, our son Cody, and CharlieMurphy (our adorable but neurotic cat). I love catching up with friends (usually eating delicious and sometimes adventurous food!) and trying new things - I especially enjoy rock climbing, camping and getting outdoors, and exploring different art forms. I received my PhD from the Harvard Medical School BBS program in 2014, and I am now a researcher at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. My research focus is understanding the mechanisms of how genetic mutations altering a protein complex called SWI/SNF can cause or drive cancer (in particular among very young kids). I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone in the fall!

Joanna Cornell

Joanna Cornell

Specialty Proctor for Race Relations

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Welcome, Class of 2020! Hailing from Maryland, I graduated from Yale in 2012 with a B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies. After college, I moved to New York City, where I worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and volunteered with Apex for Youth and New York Cares. I'm currently in my second year of the JD/MBA program at Harvard and love traveling, going on adventures, being active, curling up with a good book, and watching trashy TV. I'm so excited for my second year as a Thayer proctor and look forward to meeting you all!

Gabriel Cunningham

Gabriel Cunningham

Hello all, and welcome to Harvard!  I graduated as a member of Harvard College's Class of 2013.5 with a concentration in Social Studies.  After graduation I moved to Detroit to work in venture capital and entrepreneurship as a Venture for America Fellow.  Now I'm back at Harvard as a student at Harvard Business School.  I am originally from Takoma Park, Maryland, played rugby on the Harvard Rugby team, and met my fiancée Amanda in Stoughton as a freshman.  I will be living in Straus with Amanda and our sweet, sweet dog Lucy.  Looking forward to meeting you all!

Lauren Dahlin

Lauren Dahlin

Welcome freshmen! I am excited to share my passions and many fun times with you. I started my undergrad a year early at Simon's Rock, a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts. Shortly after receiving my BA in mathematical economics and political studies, I began working at the Center for Education Policy Research at the Ed school. I love to code and create cool visualizations of data. Ask me for programming help in Stata or R! A consummate "lifelong learner," I started competitive swimming recently and believe it's never too late to start new hobbies. You'll find me at the pool every morning. My idea of a good time is a Lord of the Rings marathon with my husband Peter Bacon.

Deborah De Laurell

Deborah De Laurell

I moved to the Boston area 12 years ago from sunny San Diego to study opera at the Boston Conservatory. Although I (finally) have appropriate winter wear, I haven't lost my Southern California love for sunshine. I joined the Harvard Community six years ago as a staff member in the Sociology Department. When I am not managing their faculty services, I am singing along to the many musical soundtracks on Spotify, obsessing over other people's dogs (and making plans to get my own!), listening to This American Life, and attempting to read all the books I can. I'm so excited to meet y'all!

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Jeita Deng

Jeita Deng

Welcome freshmen!! I was born and raised in Cambridge, MA and later went on to attend boarding school and undergrad in MA; I'm pretty much a Massachusetts girl through and through. As a result, I'm a fan of all things New England, namely the beach, the Museum of Fine Arts, Nantucket, apple picking, fishing, running along the Charles, hiking in VT, and the Boston Ballet. When not enjoying the wonders of New England I serve as the Director of Financial Planning and Budgeting at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I live in Hurlbut with my husband, Donald, our new son Aiken, and our adorable dog, Sasha. This is my fourth year as a proctor and I am certain that it will be the best because of all of you!

Ziyun Deng

Ziyun Deng

Welcome, Class of 2020! I am a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Education, studying Human Development and Psychology. I am a Chinese-English bilingual and my research is about how children learn their mother tongues and how to help adults learn second/foreign languages efficiently. Outside of academics, the three things I love most are traveling, traveling, and traveling, especially exploring the history, culture, and people's lives of a foreign country. I also enjoy movies, musicals, and almost all kinds of performing arts. Looking forward to meeting all of you!

Alexander Douglas

Alexander Douglas

Welcome, Class of 2020! My wife Celeste and I have lived here in Boston for the past ten years, but there will always be a place in our hearts for the South, where we both grew up. I'm a sixth-year Ph.D. student studying the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, and Celeste currently works as a physical therapist at the Franciscan Hospital for Children. This will be our sixth year proctoring, and we're super excited to see you all in the fall!