SAGE: Current Learning Facilitators

Albert Antar

Albert is a junior from Brooklyn, NY. He is majoring in Biology with a Concentration in Biochemistry and minoring in Chemistry. Albert is actively involved in biochemistry research in the Lefkowitz Lab and serves as a volunteer in the Duke Cancer Center. In addition, he serves as President of the Duke Friends of Israel Club and as a Goaltender for the Duke Ice Hockey Team.

Kimberline Chew

Hi! My name is Kimberline, but I usually go by Kim. I’m a junior majoring in Biology with a minor in Computer Science and I’m applying to medical school this year. I was born in Singapore, but I moved to Shanghai when I was 10 and studied at a British international school there. I love to dance, mainly ballet and modern. I also love watching musicals, listening to live music and reading murder mystery books (weird, I know).

Gabe Dagotto

Hi! My name is Gabe and I’m currently a sophomore. I am a Chemistry major with a concentration in Biochemistry. My goal is to head off to grad school after graduation. I was born in Tallahassee, Florida but have lived most of my life in Tennessee. Both of my parents are from Argentina as is all of my extended family. I love watching and playing most sports, especially football and basketball.

John Deng

John is from Springfield, IL. He is a junior majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and a minor in biology. He loves photography, computer programming, 3D printing, rowing, running, and playing tennis. He is actively involved in research at the Craig Lab and volunteers at the Emergency Department in Duke Hospital.

Ayo Douglas

Ayo is a junior studying Biology (Pharmacology), with minors in Chemistry and Global Health. She is a member of Arts and Health, Duke BioCore, and a research assistant at the Duke Human Vaccine Institute. When not in class or lab, she enjoys taking photographs, reading, knitting, and exploring Durham with friends.


Robyn Guo

Robyn is a sophomore from New Jersey and plans on majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She is a member of the American Medical Women’s Association and Duke China Care. Outside of the natural sciences, she is passionate about visual art and will often visit the Arts Annex in her free time. Robyn also works as a CHEM 202 help room tutor.

James Hwang

Hello! My name is James and I am a sophomore from North Texas pursuing a biology major and chemistry minor. I work at the Bagnat Lab and my hobbies include playing the violin and piano. I plan to pursue either medical or dental school in the future.

Chris Jernigan

Hello, my name is Chris Jernigan and I am from Atlanta Georgia. I am currently a Senior majoring in chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. With this, I hope to move on to Graduate school and also obtain a PhD in chemistry. I hope to one day become a professor of chemistry. In my spare time I am a member of Blue Devils Vs. Cancer, Treasure for the Chemistry Majors Union, Chance tutoring and a member of FAC board. My pastimes include playing soccer and slacklining.

Alex Merriman

Alex is a junior from Buffalo, NY. He is double majoring in Chemistry and Biology, looking to enter an MD-PhD program post-graduation. On campus he is actively engaged in research at the Poss lab. He also spends a good deal of time at practice as a member of the Varsity Fencing team. In his free time he enjoys going to basketball games and socializing with friends.

Moeko Nagatsuka

Moeko is from Closter, New Jersey. She is pre-med majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry and Cultural Anthropology. On campus you can find Moeko volunteering with FEMMES and at the Children’s Hospital, testing for HIV with Know Your Status, organizing the Duke Dance Marathon, or dancing with StreetMedicine. She is also involved with fMRI research at the Duke Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, where she introduces video-based tasks for clinical fMRIs.

Marisa Penn

Marisa is a junior from Columbia, Maryland. She is majoring in Neuroscience with a double minor in Psychology and Chemistry, and is also Pre-Med. When Marisa is not studying, she loves listening to music, watching Netflix, and volunteering. Here at Duke, she is on the executive board for the volunteer club ScienceDays as well as the Black Women’s Union. Marisa also spends a lot of time mentoring Durham girls through Duke F.I.N. After Duke, she hopes to go to medical school and study psychiatry!

Megan Snyder

My name is Megan Snyder, and I’m a senior from Hershey, PA (the sweetest place on Earth). I am majoring in evolutionary anthropology with a human development certificate and chemistry minor. I am also on the exec board for Adopt-a-Grandparent (which you should volunteer with because it’s a lot of fun).

I took organic chemistry, but I didn’t have much confidence that I would end up with a satisfactory grade because of my poor performance in CHEM 101. However, I found that by hard work, perseverance, and a lot of help from others I was able to master it. My main tutoring philosophy is that I want to give you the tools you need to succeed by answering your questions, giving you tricks I learned, and instilling you with confidence that conquering orgo can and will be done. Keeping in line with my sweet roots, I believe that hard work should be rewarded with good grades and chocolate.

Mike Wang

Mike is a Junior majoring in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and hopes to head to medical school after undergrad. He was born in Japan but is Chinese and grew up in the beautiful city of Greenville, South Carolina. Mike likes almost every kind of music and he plays the violin and piano once in a while. He also loves playing all sports and just being outside, though watching TV shows is also a hobby.