Who we are

The BE Refs are graduate students trained in conflict management. You can directly contact an individual Ref, contact us all at berefs@mit.edu, or make an appointment using our online scheduling system. Note that REFS Trainees have completed the conflict management training yet, and are thus not available for confidential conflict coaching.

If you’re interested in joining the team, check out the application.

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Ian Andrews
andrewsi at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 5th year | Collins Lab
location Broad


Pablo Cárdenas
pcarden at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 3rd year | Niles Lab
location Building 56

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Sarah Duquette
sduquett at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 1st year | Manalis Lab
location Building 76/Koch

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Jacqueline Gerritsen
jgn at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 5th year | White Lab
location Building 76/Koch

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Elise Gubbins
egubbins at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 2nd year | Griffith Lab and Guo Lab
location Building 16

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Ellen Kan
ellenkan at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 2nd year | Griffith Lab and Kamm Lab
location Building 56/NE-47


Bianca Lepe
blepe at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 3rd year | Bryson Lab and Gifford Lab

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Lauren Milling
lmilling at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 6th year | Irvine Lab
location Building 76/Koch

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Krista Pullen
kpullen at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 3rd year | Lauffenburger Lab
location Building 56

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Caroline Werlang

cwerlang at mit dot edu
BE PhD student | 5th year | Ribbeck Lab
location Building 56

Faculty mentor & partners

The BE REFS team has a faculty mentor who advises the Refs and serves as a liaison with departmental faculty and staff.

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Michael Birnbaum 
mbirnb at mit dot edu
Assistant Professor | BE
location 76-353/Koch Institute

Note: our faculty mentor is not specifically trained in conflict management and is not necessarily a confidential resource. If you are a BE student and would like to talk to a faculty member about your issue, we recommend reaching out to the Graduate Program Chair (Katharina Ribbeck), Associate Graduate Program Chair (Paul Blainey), Department Head (Angela Belcher), or Associate Department Head (Scott Manalis). 

BE REFS is partnered with the BE Communication Lab and the BE Graduate Board. We are part of the larger REFS program at MIT.

Former BE Refs

Scott Olesen (2014-2016)
Souparno Ghosh (2015-2016)
Deena Rennerfeldt (2016-2017)
Georgia Lagoudas (2014-2018)
Tu Nguyen (2014-2018)
Claire Duvallet (2016-2019)
Becca Black (2017-2019)
Molly Bird (2017-2019)