Research Ambassadors

Karina AscunceKarina Ascunce, Class of 2022, Winthrop House
Concentration: Chemistry
Research Interets: Biomedical engineering

My name is Karina Ascunce and I am a sophomore studying Chemistry. I am interested in biomedical engineering and am currently working at the Mitragotri Lab on hydrogel drug-delivery systems. I previously worked on autism research at the Nelson Lab. I got started in research in the summer after my first year at Harvard, when I participated in Harvard PRISE. Please reach out to me if you have any questions; I look forward to helping you navigate the research opportunities on campus!

Andrew CastilloAndrew Castillo, Class of 2021, Lowell House
Concentration: Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
Research Interests: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis; Genome Editing Technology and its application to neurodegenerative diseases

Hello! My name is Andrew Castillo. I am a junior concentrating in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and I research Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. My goal as a research ambassador is to increase diversity in the sciences by actively dispelling barriers to entry among POC and FGLI students on campus.

Anisha MittalAnisha Mittal, Class of 2020, Cabot House
Concentration: Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests: Biophysics, global health

Anisha is a senior concentrating in Biomedical Engineering with a secondary in Computer Science. Her primary research interests consist of using engineering skills to tackle global health issues. She has conducted research in a multitude of academic environments including quantitative tumor imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as computational research at Nasa Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She discovered her passion for global health while studying water-borne infections through fieldwork in Madagascar as a Harvard Planetary Health Undergraduate Scholar. Currently, she conducts research in the Taute Lab at the Rowland Institute, studying the motility of Vibrio cholerae using novel high-throughput 3D tracking. After graduation, Anisha plans to attend medical school and pursue a Master’s in Public Health. She loves helping students find their path in research, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Cristopher PatvakanianCristopher Patvakanian, Class of 2020, Leverett House
Concentrations: Economics and Government
Research Interests: International political economy, economics

Cristopher Patvakanian a senior living in Leverett House, concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government. His research experience includes working at the Central Bank of Armenia on EU-Armenia trade and conducting independent research for his senior thesis on Armenian diaspora investment. He also has worked as a research assistant at Harvard Business School on a research project to understand women's employment using natural language processing on archival newspaper data.

Amanda WassermanAmanda Wasserman, Class of 2021, Mather House
Concentration: Social Studies
Research Interest: Citizenship and nationality; Latin American politics; intergovernmental organizations

Amanda Wasserman is a junior in Mather House concentrating in Social Studies with a language citation in Arabic. Over the past two years, she has conducted research at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Center for Government and International Studies, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. At her most recent position at Radcliffe, she researched competing representations of citizenship, nationality, and immigration in 17th century European texts. She hopes to center her thesis for Social Studies on immigration to Latin America as it relates to national identity, but she has been known to come up with a new thesis idea every 5 minutes. In her free time, Amanda enjoys biking along the Charles River, petting every dog she sees, and DJing for Harvard's on-campus radio station.