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.
Paschalis is a sophomore student in Yale College pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Born and raised in Thessaloniki, a major city of the ancient Macedonian Kingdom and Byzantine Empire and the cultural capital of Greece in modern times, he deeply cherishes his Greek heritage. Swimming from the age of 5, his passion for the sport led him to represent his country on the national team during his high school years and now the Yale Club Swim team. He joined the lab in the fall of 2011 and works under the supervision of graduate student Tara Asoulin on research projects related to the anti-angiogenic factor thrombospondin 2 and its up-regulation in diabetic contexts. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he aspires to study Medicine. He is currently enjoying learning Spanish at Yale and appreciating spending his time in New Haven.