Ryan Bahar is a first-year medical student at Yale School of Medicine. Ryan grew up in a small town north of Boston before moving to Providence to study Neuroscience at Brown University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude as the Department of Neuroscience Prize recipient in 2018. At Brown, Ryan conducted research on human sleep and mouse olfaction, volunteered as an EMT, and served in various community and university teaching and leadership roles. Before coming to Yale, Ryan pursued a Fulbright Scholarship teaching in rural Czech Republic. His current academic interests are in medical education, health equity, and radiology.
Students & Trainees
Neuroscience Graduate StudentHarrison is a Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. He is interested in investigating the molecular mechanisms that contribute to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Harrison aims to further elucidate the amyloid beta oligomer/ PrPc signaling pathway with the hope of revealing novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of AD.
Instructor (Chief Resident)
Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (2016-2020)
PhD Student, Immunobiology
Kenneth is an MD-PhD student pursuing PhD training in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Disease advised by Ted Cohen. He is training to become a pediatric infectious diseases physician-scientist specializing in childhood tuberculosis. He aims to develop a strong background in the development and use of statistical/mathematical/simulation modeling approaches to address critical problems in public health. He is particularly interested in the use of modeling to enhance clinical and epidemiological research on diseases affecting children.
Blaustein Post Doctoral Associate in JDST
Alexander Marcus is the Jacob & Hilda Blaustein Postdoctoral Associate in Ancient Judaism at Yale University. He holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Stanford University. His work focuses on Jewish communities of Late Antiquity, utilizing text-critical and rhetorical analyses to examine the Babylonian Talmud (~3rd–6th century CE) alongside contemporaneous Zoroastrian literature of the Sasanian elite, Christian, Mandaean, Armenian, and Manichaean literary productions, ancient Akkadian heritage traditions, and non-rabbinic Jewish texts and artifacts (e.g. Aramaic incantation bowls) deriving from Sasanian Mesopotamia. His research encompasses the broader classical rabbinic corpus, the corpora of neighboring religious communities of the Roman and Persian empires, and early medieval sources that inherited and transmitted these traditions. He engages matters of oral/textual production and transmission, biblical hermeneutics and narrative expansion, law, ritual, folklore, and other issues in the academic study of religion.
Research Associate 1 – Immunobiology
I am originally from the small town of Willow in Arkansas. I moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to attend Vanderbilt University where I earned a Bachelor's of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering. After college, I worked full-time in the Knapik Laboratory at Vanderbilt University Medical Center studying a rare musculoskeletal disorder called cranio-lenticulo-sutural dysplasia. When I'm not holding a pipette, I can usually be found drinking coffee, playing with my two cats, or writing poetry.
Hospital Resident; HIV Track Resident
Ryan Smith, MD is a resident physician at Yale-New Haven Hospital's Internal Medicine Primary Care Program and HIV Training Track. He is a primary care physician at the Nathan Smith Clinic where he specializes in comprehensive HIV primary care and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). You may also meet him in his inpatient roles on a general internal medicine service or other medical sub-specialties at Yale-New Haven Hospital's York Street and St. Raphael's campuses.
He received his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle, Washington). While in medical school, he served in the leadership of the nation's only medical student led and staffed HIV testing program for the urban under served population of Seattle. Clinical rotations he completed at the UW Medicine hospitals, but gained invaluable experience in the regional experiences he had in eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana. He continues to focus his clinical and academic career on social justice by resolving the disparities in health care. Here at Yale, he is actively developing the first curriculum in transgender medicine for Internal Medicine residents and facilitating the education sessions for his peers.
As a clinician, he believes health care to be a collaborative process, but one that is always anchored in the personal goals of each patient. He strives to empower his patients to be the leads in their own health care to achieve personal goals in health and happiness.
Alexa is a PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. She is studying the roles of acetylcholine and norepinephrine in stress in order to better understand how these neurotransmitters respond to acute and chronic stress conditions. Previously, she attended Northeastern University, where she studied redox dysregulation following early life adversity and graduated with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience
Michael Solotke is an MD/MBA joint degree student (’21) at Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Management. He is co-chair of the Dean’s Advisory Council on LGBTQI+ Affairs (DAC) and a previous leader of OutPatient, YSM’s LGBTQI+ student group. Through DAC, he has led or been involved in a variety of LGBTQI+ projects, including medical education, policy, community engagement, research, and Q-Forward conference planning. His research interests include health services and medical education. More broadly, his interests include healthcare management and policy, mentorship, and community building.
Jona Tanguay is a MMSc candidate in the Physician Associate Program class of 2020. He currently serves on the Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI Affairs and has been involved in LGBT+ health curriculum quality improvement. His clinical and research interests include harm reduction in MSM chemsex users, quality improvement in LGBT+ primary care, and community engagement.