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Award-Winning Faculty

Susan Piraino

BS, Biology – Stonehill College
MS, Biology – Boston College
Research experience in hemophilia, osteoarthritis, Alzheimer’s, renal fibrosis, hematopoiesis, and more. 
Expertise in molecular and cell biology, specializing in gene therapy. 
Teaches Biotech, Biology, and Environmental Science at Foxborough Charter High School.

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Jeremiah Johnston teaches the Biomedical Engineering three-week program

Jeremiah Johnston

MS, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry – Yale University
Research experience in single-molecule biophysics, photosynthesis, and medicinal applications of gold nanoparticles
Interested in metabolic engineering, molecular biophysics, and molecular gastronomy
Entering his fourth year with BLI

Diane Brancazio

BS with honors – Princeton University
MS, Engineering – MIT
Trained in electrical engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, engineering design, and more. 
Has spent multiple summers with MIT teaching courses for high school students. 
Has designed high school engineering curricula for the MIT museum, the Education Development Center, and Boston’s Museum of Science. 
Currently works for the Edgerton center at MIT developing the STEM curriculum for Cambridge Public Schools.

Diane Brancazio teaches the Engineering: Electronics and Robotics three-week program
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Michael Hoe

Sc.B, Neuroscience – Brown University
M.Ed, Mind, Brain, and Behavior – Harvard University
Research experience at Hasbro Hospital
Teaching experience in AP Biology, Honors Biology, Chemistry, and Neuroscience 
Currently teaches at top-ranked prep school Noble & Greenough

Carolyn Geraci

BS, Neuroscience – University of Rochester
MS, Medical Sciences – Boston University
Research experience at University of Rochester’s Brain and Cognitive Science Department and Center for Inherited Neurological Movement Disorders, as well as Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliated hospital
Currently attending University of Vermont’s Larner College of Medicine

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Autumn Becker

MS, Curriculum and Teaching – Teachers College, Columbia University
Taught Biology at top-ranked Sharon High School
TA-ed BLI’s Biological Research program
Currently teaches at The Chapin School, a prestigious all girls school in Manhattan.
Entering her third year with BLI.

Marco Masoni

BS, Magna Cum Laude – NYU
JD – Georgetown Law
Ed.D – University of Southern California 
Co-founder and CEO of Einztein, a micro-blogging platform used by middle and high school students in 50 countries. Recognized by Fast Company as one of ten education startups to watch. 
Recognized by SXSW as one of six education innovators.
Currently the director of STEAM and Innovation at The Derryfield School.

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Jim Dixon teaches the Biological Research three-week program

Jim Dixon

Named 2012 Outstanding Biology Teacher by the National Association of Biology Teachers. 
Recognized Massachusetts Master Teacher
Recognized Presidential Distinguished Teacher
Designed scientific curricula with Harvard and Understand By Design colleagues
Taught Biology at Northeastern University
Currently teaches Biology and AP Biology at Sharon High School

Ken Bateman

MS, Biology – Hamilton College
MEd – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Research experience at Texas’s MD Anderson Cancer Center 
Currently teaches Biology at top-ranked Wellesley High School

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Ann Lambert

Teaches Chemistry at King Phillip Regional High School, where she was named 2005 Teacher of the Year by the King Phillip Teachers Association 
Named Southern New England Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Teacher of the Year in 2010 and 2011
Recipient of the 2013 Theodore William Richards Award of Excellence for Teaching Secondary School Chemistry

Steve Smith

MS, Biology – Northeastern University Marine Science Center
Research experience in applications of neuroscience in marine robotics 
Member of the Massachusetts Marine Educators 
Currently teaches Biology at Lynn English High School 
Entering his fourth year as lead instructor of BLI’s Marine Biology program

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Vince Coljee

Harvard researcher with background in Biophysics, Chemistry, Biology, and more
Holds numerous US and international patents
Finalist for the Mars Society MA365 Project
Spent one year as a consultant for NASA’s HI-SEAS simulation
Completed a two-week Mars simulation mission at the MDRS Station in Utah

Jeff Robin

BS – University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MD – SUNY Upstate Medical University
Currently teaches Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology at top-ranked Wellesley High School

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Rich Fox

Dr. Fox received forensic training at some of the finest scientific facilities in the country including; the Human Genome Project, The Human Remains I.D Lab, Oak Ridge National Labs, and The McCrone School of Microscopy. He has assisted with identification of remains from mass graves in Bosnia Herzegovina as part of a United Nations team. Fox is a member of the International Association for Forensic Identification. He has been selected for the Society for Science and the Public Fellows Program. Mr. Fox’s teaching assignments have included secondary schools in Las Vegas and Boston, the Johns Hopkins Center for Gifted Youth, and Tufts University. Rich was a 2012 Honoree of the Massachusetts Society for Biomedical Research.

William Snell

Dr. Snell currently works at the Medical Director of the new Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in Charlestown. He received his BA in biology from Arcadia University and his DVM from Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies. His veterinary work experience started with a clinical rotation at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Snell started as an intern with Blue Pearl and completed his residency with the partner hospital in Philadelphia. He later moved to the Waltham location where he practiced for three years as a surgeon. Dr. Snell’s specific interests include minimally invasive laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures, surgical oncology, and polytrauma cases. In 2015, his work was published in both the Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association and The New Zealand Veterinary Journal. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Snell can be found running, biking, hiking, and spending time with his wife and two dogs, Tucker and Abby.

Bill Snell Profile
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Melissa Courtemanche

Melissa Courtemanche received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.  She has seven years of teaching experience at two of the most premier private schools in the US: Miss Porter’s School and Buckingham, Brown, and Nichols.  She is currently a science teacher and Girls Varsity Field Hockey Coach at BB&N.

Monique Coulson

Monique Coulson is a Consultant to Massachusetts Department of Education where she has helped revise the State High School Biology frameworks. She has also reviewed MCAS data and test items for statewide science tests. Monique has many years of experience teaching AP Biology and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology.

Monique Coulson teaches the Anatomy one-week program
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Joshua Isaacs

BS – Johns Hopkins University
Was a corps members for Teach for America
Former teacher with the NYC Department of Education
Currently teaches Science at top-ranked Dexter Southfield High School

Rami Alwan

Rami Alwan (see photo, on far left) is an outstanding teacher, mentor, and coach.  He coached Lincoln-Sudbury High School to a State Championship in Alpine Skiing.  He coached his Science Team to the State Championship.  Mr. Alwan has served as Consultant to MIT, the Museum of Science, and Tufts University School of Medicine.  Mr. Alwan has taught at several of the top private and public schools in Massachusetts.  He currently teaches Infectious Disease, Anatomy, and Forensics at Lincoln-Sudbury High School, a top-ranked public school.

Rami Alwan teaches the Contagion one-week program
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Regina Campbell-Malone

PhD, Biological Oceanography – MIT
Postdoc – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution at Brown University
Postdoc – Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Director of STEAM Initiatives – The Laurel School, Ohio
Currently teaches Science at top-ranked Noble & Greenough High School

Kim Scheltz

BA, Mathematics and French Literature – Johns Hopkins University
MEd, Teaching – Johns Hopkins University
Former member of Teach for America
100% of her and her department’s students have earned a proficient or advanced score on the MCAS exam for four years running.
Has led 100% of her AP Calculus AB students to 4s or 5s on the AP Exam
Currently teaches at Boston Collegiate Charter School

Kim Scheltz Profile
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Gregg Deehan

Mr. Deehan is a teacher at Milton Academy and joined the history and social sciences department in 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Science and his master’s degree from the Andover-Newton Theological School. Mr. Deehan has previously worked at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA and the City on a Hill School in Boston, MA.

Wendy Fox

Wendy Fox is currently the Vice President of Coldwell Bankers in Weston, Massachusetts and is in the top 1% of Coldwell Bankers in New England for the past six years. Born in Wellesley, she moved to Weston when she was three years old, and for the most part, Weston has been home. Growing up, Ms. Fox was always exposed to the housing market as her father was a builder. This provided her with an appreciation and a good eye for what it takes to build a high-quality home. After attending Georgetown University and the University of Massachusetts – Amherst where she studied communications, Ms. Fox first went into teaching at the Dexter School of Brookline and later became the Director of Marketing at Platinum Magazine. Ms. Fox has now been in the real estate market for 8 years and brings a wealth of knowledge of this field to the table. She is extremely excited to teach BLI’s first ever Real Estate Statistics program this summer and expose the students to the fascinating world of real estate. With each closed transaction, she donates a portion of every sale to charity and now has given away well over $100,000 to Boston organizations. Ms. Fox is also a national gold medalist in rowing and a six-time Boston Marathon runner, her determination and competitive spirit helps get the job done!

Wendy Fox Profile
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Jason Isaacs

BA, Secondary Education and Mathematics – Boston College
MEd, Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation – Boston College
On the board of directors of Needham Public School’s Step Up! program, developing one-on-one relationships between teachers and students
Currently teaches at Needham High School and works as a private tutor

Nathan Josephs

BA, Mathematics – Wesleyan University
MA, Mathematics – Wesleyan University
PhD Candidate, Statistics – Boston University 
Fullback of the rugby team, Wesleyan University
Spent two years as a data scientist for GEICO

Nathan Josephs Profile
Zach Cohen Profile

Zach Cohen

Zach Cohen holds a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT. He received his Bachelor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon. Mr. Cohen has received numerous academic awards and honors such as the MIT Marvin E. Good Award, the Carnegie Mellon SURG Grant, and the Carnegie Mellon Fourth-year Design Award. He has work experience at various architecture firms in New York City. Mr. Cohen also has experience teaching Architecture as a TA at both Carnegie Mellon and MIT.

Maria Lazebnik

BS, Neuroscience – Brandeis University
MS, Cell and Molecular Biology – Brandeis University 
PhD, Genetics – Tufts University School of Medicine
Postdoc – Tufts Molecular Oncology Research Institute 
Completed research at the NIH
Multiple articles published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information 
Has developed STEM curricula with Boston’s Museum of Science
Currently an adjunct professor of Human Biology at Bentley University

Maria Lazebnik Profile
Benji Moncivaiz Profile

Benji Moncivaiz

Mr. Moncivaiz is an international business consultant. He consults for organizations that focus on sustainable business, design, economics, and engineering. He received his BS in Sustainable Structural Engineering from MIT. Later, he went on to complete his MIB or Masters of International Business, Developmental Economics, Strategy, and Innovation from the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Mr. Moncivaiz has a diverse work background that includes working for the MIT D Lab, Metlife, and currently at Fides, Intl. And, he is also a returning BLI STEM Entrepreneurship instructor!

Kim Meyers

BS, Biology – The College of William and Mary
DDS – Tufts School of Dental Medicine
Interned at Mass Genera’s CEPAC Lab
Earned the Benjamin Stoddert Ewell award from The College of William and Mary upon graduation
Selected for the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine’s Honos Civicus society
Entering her fourth year with BLI and the second as lead instructor of Intro to Dentistry

Kim Meyers Profile
Elizabeth Upton Profile

Elizabeth Upton

Ed.M, Teaching and Curriculum – Harvard University
PhD Candidate, Statistics – Boston University
Spent three years as an analyst with Putnam Investments 
Spent multiple years teaching at top-ranked Dexter Southfield High School

Matt Hill

BA, Psychology and Biology – Hamilton College

Medical student – Robert Larner College of Medicine, University of Vermont

Two years’ professional experience in residential schools for children with Autism

Professional experience at McLean Hospital, psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School

Research experience exploring OCD-like behavior in rats, technology-based interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and communication as it relates to restraints in an inpatient psychiatric hospital

Academic interests include understanding health disparities across groups and the societal structures that create those health disparities, particularly as they relate to the homeless population, and community-based interventions for mental health treatment and how to break down barriers to mental health care

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