Benjamin (Ben) Steren grew up in Rockville, Maryland. He attended Vanderbilt University for his Undergraduate education where he majored in Medicine, Health and Society. Currently he is a 5th year medical student doing research with the department of Ophthalmology and Visual science. His research interests include ocular oncology, orbital trauma, technology integration into Ophthalmology, medical disparities and medical ethics.
Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG)
The Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG) is a student-run organization at the Yale School of Medicine. The mission of OIG is to expose Yale Medical Students to the field of Ophthalmology and foster excitement for the field. This is accomplished through peer-to-peer mentorship as well as faculty shadowing, mentorship, and research.
What We Do:
Maryam graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Biological Engineering. During her undergraduate experience one of her key experiences was traveling to Switzerland and engaging in research at Roche where she developed a mathematical model of cholesterol dynamics in the outer retina to understand the pathogenesis of dry age-related macular degeneration, a blinding disease.
After graduation, Maryam worked at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in the Kathiresan Lab as a Computational Biologist. Her key research contribution during this period was performing the first comprehensive deep whole-genome sequencing analyses on 1) conventional blood lipids, 2) lipoprotein(a), and 3) early-onset myocardial infarction. She also engaged in whole exome sequencing analyses, using rare variant burden analyses to discover new genes associated with myocardial infarction.
Maryam is currently an MD/PhD student at Yale, pursuing an MD and a PhD in Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, co-mentored by Hongyu Zhao and Pradeep Natarajan. Her research combines germline and somatic genomics with deep phenotyping to discover and understand the causal factors of disease.
After growing up in Arkansas, Elton attended Yale University and graduated with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He is currently a fourth-year medical student.