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Meet TWK Tutor: Isaac Zin

When it comes to travelling down the road to success, Isaac believes that students belong behind the wheel, and his job as a tutor is to support each driver from the pit. Get to know Isaac and learn how he can help your student cultivate their drive and reach their goals.


 My Degrees & Education

  • Current PhD student in Clinical and Bioanalytical Chemistry with Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Cleveland State University and Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

  • B.A. in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University


 My Subject Expertise

  • Math, Science, and History

  • AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, and AP Macroeconomics

  • Speech and Debate

  • ACT/SAT Prep

  • Study Skills

"I’m always on the lookout for how to cook delicious food. Recently, I have been getting into making homemade breads, jams/jellies, and hot sauces."

 Tell us about your research.

My current research revolves around the unexpected role of a protein that is usually associated with its crucial function in protein synthesis. I have found that this protein plays an important role in the spread and growth of particularly aggressive forms of breast cancer. My current project is to illuminate the intricate details of this protein's function and to devise strategies for inhibiting its activity while preserving its crucial role in protein formation. Specifically, my work aims to uncover the unique function of the protein, its location with the cell, and its structural interactions with other proteins involved in this unexpected activity. Daily, I use a variety of techniques, including the use of contemporary cancer therapeutics such as emerging chemotherapies and radiation methods, as well as traditional laboratory methods.


 How did you get into this field? 

I've always been drawn to the sciences. Even as a child, I was amazed at the tools and knowledge gained through genuine curiosity and experimentation. Every summer during my youth, I begged my parents to attend science camps. Naturally, as I got older, experiments grew with me from making slime in the kitchen sink to conducting experiments with cancer therapeutics.


 What unique approach do you bring to your job as a tutor?

My approach to tutoring is founded on the principal that students hold the reins of their own academic journey, with my role being that of a facilitator. Having been educated primarily through the Montessori method, I believe the innate drive for academic excellence lies within every student, and it's the responsibility of educators, tutors, and families to nurture this drive. While the specific methods of cultivating this drive may vary, I believe in common themes such as flexibility, enthusiasm, and practices tailored to each student's unique circumstances.


 What achievements are you most proud of?

I have won awards for my presentations of my doctoral work at national and international conferences, such as winning an award for Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation at the 13th International Symposium of Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetases in Grand Bend, Canada in June 2023.


 What do you like to do in your free time?

When not working or tutoring, I am often playing board games or Dungeons and Dragons with friends. I also have a penchant for video games like League of Legends.


What are you currently reading?

My go-to author is Mark Twain, but I am not a huge fan of his more popular work but rather I enjoy his less known work like “The Mysterious Stranger Manuscripts” and “Letters from the Earth”.


 Tell us something interesting about yourself.

I am quite tall. I reached five feet by the age of seven, and finally stopped growing at 16 when I reached 6’10.


Interested in working with Isaac and rest of The Whole Kid team? Contact us to learn how we can help your student reach their full potential!







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