Mirko holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, where he double majored in
Molecular & Cell Biology and Psychology. His keen interest in the human condition
at the molecular and behavioral levels steered his research interests. As a research
assistant at Stanford University, Mirko studied the role of metabolism and illness in
the context of necrotizing enterocolitis, a rare disease found in premature infants.
Later, at UCSF, he examined the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder on the
cardiovascular systems in war veterans. These experiences allowed Mirko to apply
knowledge he gained from his coursework to real-life matters. He encourages his
students to find ways to interact with their class curricula to make learning fun and
Mirko strongly advocates for a growth mindset. Inherent “smarts” will get students
only so far, especially on the road to excellence. He believes academic challenges are
inevitable and necessary to increase one’s capacity to achieve more. Mirko’s
mentorship motivates, advises, and encourages his students to realize their goals,
and he is confident that they will. With ESM, Mirko mentors students in English, Spanish, history, math, biology, chemistry, physics, and SAT/ACT.
In his spare time, Mirko composes, produces, and performs original hip-hop songs around the San Francisco Bay Area under the stage name Fludonius. Music production has served as the perfect complement to his academic career and allows Mirko to live a balanced, fulfilling lifestyle — exactly what he aims to help his students achieve.