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I was born in Mexico, grew up in Israel and emigrated to America at age 11. I hold a lifelong passion for biology, chemistry, biochemistry and psychology, as I believe they are building blocks of life. I graduated with Latin Honors from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, majoring in biochemistry and biotechnology with an emphasis on neuroscience. Currently, I am applying to medical schools for an MD/PhD track, aspiring to ultimately work for Doctors Without Borders as medicine and travel have long been my deepest interests. Whether volunteering at clinics around the world or working as a medical scribe and EMT, I have always searched for new opportunities to learn more about the world within a medical context.

Throughout my college career I have been involved in several organizations on campus and in the community such as the Hispanic/Latino association, Tau Sigma Honor Society and after school science outreach programs. Through my work and volunteer experience, I have developed a motivation and skill for teaching. As a STEM advocate, I am a firm proponent and contributor to increasing science literacy in our society. I've also acted as a supplemental instructor for organic chemistry courses, tutored biology and chemistry to local high school students, worked at both a neurobiology and disease ecology lab and even had the privilege to serve as a peer mentor for both the university ambassador program and the Emerging Leaders program. I believe that through teaching, one can help inspire students to be curious beyond the classroom and truly become a lifelong learners.

When I am not in school or at the lab, you can find me salsa dancing, rock climbing, or scratching countries off my bucket list.

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Shay’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: University of Missouri-St Louis - Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry


Latin dancing, rock climbing, poetry, traveling, and trekking

Tutoring Subjects

AP Biology

AP Psychology




Cell Biology


College Biology

College Chemistry

Conversational Spanish

Elementary School Science



High School Biology

High School Chemistry



Middle School Science

Molecular Biology


Organic Chemistry



Social Sciences




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