Allison is an MD-PhD student studying neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT with degrees in biology and chemistry in 2012 with a perfect 5.0 GPA and was awarded the Burchard Scholarship for excellence in the arts and humanities.
Allison has tutored general chemistry, organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry for the Undergraduate Department of Chemistry at MIT for three years. She has additionally tutored introductory biology, human physiology, human disease, cell biology, and laboratory biology through the MIT Undergraduate Department of Biology. She also taught an organic chemistry class for high school students through the MIT Educational Studies Program as well as a middle school/high school seminar in spectroscopy.
Besides conventional teaching and tutoring, Allison has coached a 14-and-under Junior Olympic volleyball team as well as other youth/beginner programs and camps with the SMASH volleyball club based in Newton. In 2009, she created and coached a one-on-one summer athletic training and volleyball skills program for young players.
Allison's wealth of experience in a variety of teaching and mentoring settings enables her to teach students of varying backgrounds and abilities, uniquely tailoring lessons to fit individuals' needs. Her students say that her positive attitude, enthusiasm, and way of explaining difficult concepts with relatable metaphors helps them to learn and feel confident with challenging material.
Allison was a three-year varsity athlete at MIT in lacrosse and volleyball. She was the 2010 Women's Lacrosse Rookie of the Year and earned all-conference academic accolades three years in a row. Following a career-ending concussion in 2011, Allison has enjoyed playing badminton and writing the "Fresh Start" health and wellness column for MIT's student newspaper, The Tech.
Allison is dedicated to her campus and outside community. As an undergrad, she served as the Director of Health and Safety and Safety Services for the MIT American Red Cross Team and Network and Social Chair for her residence hall, where she initiated several freshmen mentoring services.
Additionally, Allison contributed to numerous research projects during her undergraduate career in both chemistry and biology. She worked in X-ray crystallography, molecular biology, and biochemistry while studying the oligomeric state of ribonucleotide reductase alpha in the Drennan Laboratory. She also studied cholesterol metabolism and pathology in mouse fertility studies with the Krieger Laboratory at MIT and the Rigotti Laboratory at La Pontificia Universidad Catolica in Santiago, Chile. Allison currently is a biomedical engineering graduate researcher in the Karp Laboratory at Harvard Medical School where she is designing artificial organs to combat diseases like Type I Diabetes.
“Omar has been extremely helpful over the past year. He is quick to respond, flexible, and has provided advice and guidance that I have relied on heavily. I am very lucky to have crossed paths with Omar. I only wish my undergraduate pre-med advisors could have been as helpful, insightful, and caring as he has been.”