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McCormick Hall Graduate Resident Tutors

Meet the RLAD in McCormick!

Topher Nelson
I’m Topher Nelson, the Area Director of McCormick Hall. I’m in my first year here and so far am having a great time. Feel free to stop by my office, which is in the East Tower right outside the Dance Studio. When I’m not at work I’m usually out for a run on the Charles River, exploring Boston or just relaxing with a book.

Meet the wonderful tutors in McCormick!

West Tower
Ashley Brown
(West 2,3)
Hi! I’m Ashley Brown, the GRT for 2/3 West. This is my first year at McCormick and my 6th year at MIT. I’m working on a master’s in course 2. My research involves medical device design. Outside of lab, I enjoy hiking, swimming, running, reading, building, and listening to and playing music. My apartment in room 317 is stocked with nerdy toys and puzzles–come check them out and say hello!
 Jen Wilson 
(4/5 West)

Hello! I’m the GRT for 4/5 West, and I’m a PhD student in Course 20 (Biological Engineering). My research project focuses on developing algorithms for betting understanding gene-interference experiments in cancer. When I’m not doing research, you may see me riding a bike (I’m on the cycling team), or baking cookies for the floor :-) I’m a big fan of planning themed dinners in the dining hall – so far Harry Potter has been the most successful. If you’ve got ideas, feel free to let me know! (pictured on the right)

Becky Asher 
(West 6,7)
Hi! I’m Becky, the GRT for 6/7 West. This is my second year at McCormick and my fourth at MIT. I’m a grad student in Course 6, and my research deals with rapid diagnosis of respiratory diseases. Over the past several years here, I’ve loved exploring Cambridge and Boston. Running along the Charles River, catching jazz performances in the city, and heading to farmers’ markets have been some of my favorite things to do. I also really enjoy baking and coming up with new dessert recipes. Stop by room 617 to help create and consume new sugary concoctions!
East Tower
Bridget Wall
(East 2,3)
Hello! My name is Bridget Wall, and I’m the GRT for 2/3 East. I am originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, and I earned my undergraduate degree in biology and music at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL. Here at MIT, I am pursuing my PhD in bioengineering (Course 20). In the Niles lab, I build molecular tools to help study diseases like malaria. I have two younger brothers, and while my dad is retired, my mom is still working at Farnsworth Aerospace Magnet School in St. Paul, Minnesota. In my free time, I love playing with the MIT Symphony Orchestra, and I’m particularly famous around McCormick for my muffins! Feel free to stop by room 325 and say hello!
Shireen Warnock & Clark Davenport(4/5 East)

Hi! We are Shireen and Clark, the GRTs for 4th & 5th East. Feel free to stop by our apartment, 525, any time. We both love concerts, and are constantly going to shows in all genres so if you want any recommendations or want to geek out about music we’re always game! We also love to go outside and explore, both in and out of Boston, and try out new things– be it dogsledding, horseback riding, or getting lost in the woods (Shireen’s fault). Our door is always open and we’d love to learn more about you all when you come say hello. :) In case you’re curious about each of us, here’s a little more…

Shireen: I’m a third-year graduate student working on my PhD in electrical engineering, exploring devices made out of materials that might be alternatives to traditional silicon technology. I was at MIT for my undergrad as well, so it feels like I’ve been here forever! I’m originally from the suburbs of NYC and strangely enough, I love winter and this crazy Boston weather suits me just fine. In my free time I enjoy reading, and I learned recently that I absolutely love to cook. I also have a rather expansive collection of tea, and can probably offer up something you haven’t yet tried. So if you’re looking for a recipe, tea, or want to just stop by, say hi and try some new food, I always love to share!

Clark: I grew up in the valley of Central California until arriving at MIT for undergrad, where I was a 2-A with a concentration in robotics and controls. I just finished my Masters work here (also in Mechanical Engineering), where I researched the coordination of additional robotic limbs for assembly and manufacturing works. Basically, I love robotics. Which completely explains my choice to work at Kayak as a Data Analyst/backend developer. I will be working at their office at Concord for the foreseeable future. I am also a long-time musician, playing the drums in various bands of every genre since elementary school. Lastly, I picked up hockey during college and try to play a couple of times a week at various rinks in and around Boston. More than anything though, I enjoy spontaneity so always feel free to surprise with ideas, trips, or events.

Marcus Gibson(East 6,7)

Greetings!  We are Emily and Marcus, the GRTs on 6+7E.  This is Emily’s fourth year in McCormick and Marcus’s second, and you can find us in room 725.  Come by for a chat about life, some tasty food, or a quick hello — our door is open to everyone!  A bit about each of us:

(Emily)  I am from the Philadelphia area and and went to Columbia University to study Architecture and French.  Here, I am a grad student in architecture (course 4), researching disaster reconstruction in Haiti.  Beyond the studio, I am involved with the Japan 3.11 Initiative and the Graduate Christian Fellowship, and I love discovering new things about our city.  Ask me about my world travels, favorite books/recipes/blogs, and my cute nephew and niece!

(Marcus) I grew up on the beach in the Los Angeles area and went to the University of California Berkeley for a degree in Chemistry.  While at MIT, I am a grad student in bio-inorganic chemistry (course 5).  My research focuses on studying enzymes important for alternative energy.  Outside of lab, I am also part of the Graduate Christian Fellowship.  Ask me about playing the piano, grilling/cooking, and cafes/coffee shops around the area!
The Annex
Alexandra Cok


I’m Alexandra, the GRT in the Annex. I’m working on a Ph.D. in organic chemistry (course 5). My research involves studying the effects of polymer hydrogel microstructures on cellular response. When not in the lab, I enjoy reading and discussing books, cooking, and exploring Boston and Cambridge. I love music of all genres and you will often find me singing or playing my ukulele (or both!). Come visit room 275 anytime and say hello!