Sophia is an undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology. She began working in the Kyriakides lab in the summer of 2011 and plans to continue working here until she graduates in 2014. Her work pertains to the role of TSP2 in inducing a phenotypic switch in smooth muscle cells. Besides working in the lab, Sophia volunteers at both Connecticut Hospice and the primary care clinic at Yale New Haven Hospital. She also spends her free time at the fields, either playing with the club lacrosse team or getting far too competitive representing Saybrook College in intramural sports.
Lauren is an undergraduate at Yale pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. She joined the lab in the spring of 2013, and her research involves working with the role of TSP2 and decellularized aortas in creating vascular grafts. Outside of the lab, Lauren is the treasurer for Yale's Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and was a member of their 2013 trip team to Africa.
She enjoys playing cello in BCO, performing with danceworks, and this past summer, being a Tour Guide for Yale's Engineering Department.
Also in her spare time, L
auren enjoys playing on the Calhoun College IM teams.
Paschalis is an undergraduate student at Yale, pursuing a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. He was born and raised in Thessaloniki, a city founded during the Hellenistic Period, that today serves as the capital of the province of Macedonia in northern Greece. He joined the lab in the fall of 2011 and his research interests include angiogenesis in the context of diabetes, vascular endothelial cell function, and the regulatory effects of the anti-angiogenic factor thrombospondin-2 on growing blood vessels. At Yale, he has been involved with the Hellenic Society and Club Swimming. Being an avid swimmer from the age of 5, he enjoys spending time in the pool.