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For the academic year 2023-2024, the Yale MD-PhD program has 153 students currently enrolled from a variety of backgrounds and interests.

Students

  • 2024 Entering Class

    • Alan is an MD-PhD student from Long Island, New York, and completed his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago. There, he took coursework in cancer biology, immunology, and bioinformatics and later developed an interest in data science. He joined the lab of Dr. Justin Kline at the start of 2020 and stayed on as a research technician until the summer of 2024. In the lab, he analyzed gene expression and mutational data from patients with B cell lymphoma; his work has focused on B cell receptor signaling, the lymphoma microenvironment, and cellular therapy. His research interests include hematologic malignancies, tumor immunology, genomics, and precision medicine.
    • Stephanie grew up in Rochester, Minnesota before attending Cornell University for her undergraduate studies. As a Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, she worked closely with Dr. Corinna Loeckenhoff and Dr. Julia Nolte studying age differences and psychosocial factors in health-related decision making. After graduation in 2021, Stephanie moved to Boston to join Dr. Catherine Wu's lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, working closely with Dr. Wu and Dr. Erin Parry to study the genetic evolution of aggressive lymphoma disease transformation. As an MD-PhD student, Stephanie is interested in cancer immunotherapy and tumor immunology research.
    • Raised in Eastern Iowa, Collin completed his undergraduate education and training at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. Co-advised by Drs. Amy C. Blair and Brenda J. Peters, he investigated the in vivo effects of hormetic stimuli, e.g., heat shock and calorie restriction, in relation to memory and learning. After completing a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, in the laboratory of Dr. Zachary A. Lewis, Collin returned to the Lewis Laboratory during his post-baccalaureate time. Mentored by Dr. Lewis, he led original and cutting-edge investigations on chromatin- and epigenetics-related research projects, with an emphasis on the biology of nucleosome remodeling. Additionally, he contributed to highly collaborative endeavors with Drs. Richard B. Meagher and Xiaorong Lin to advance antifungal drug efficacy via targeted lipid nanoparticles (i.e., DectiSomes). As a first-year M.D.-Ph.D. student in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Yale University School of Medicine, Collin seeks to probe the manifold ways in which genome structure and chromatin architecture—intricately partitioned at both local and global scales—contribute to disease susceptibility, progression, and amelioration, particularly in the context of malignant processes. Outside of the research laboratory and classroom, Collin is an avid digital photographer, and he enjoys recreational basketball.
    • Diego is a dual MD-PhD student born in Puerto Rico and raised in Tampa, Florida. Before Yale, Diego worked for two years at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute on cell lineage tracing and multi-omic profiling tools in the lab of Dr. Fernando Camargo, contributing to our understanding of cell populations in aging hematopoiesis. Diego attended Fordham University on a full ride as a National Hispanic Scholar, where he earned his undergraduate degree in Integrative Neuroscience, a multidisciplinary degree spanning Systems and Computational, Cell and Molecular, and Cognitive neuroscience. Diego also competed as a Division 1 Athlete in Springboard Diving and gained minors in Biochemistry and Philosophy. If there weren't a million ways to still improve human health using science and technology, you might find him highlining, painting, or dabbling in epistemology.
  • 2023 Entering Class

    • Postgraduate Associate

      Alyssa graduated from Tufts University in 2021 with a B.S. in Biopsychology and a minor in Latin. During her undergraduate studies, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Young at the Whitehead Institute studying the role of biomolecular condensates in the development of insulin resistance. Upon graduating, Alyssa spent two years at Yale working with Dr. Anthony Koleske studying actin dynamics. During her MD-PhD, Alyssa is broadly interested in studying molecular mechanisms of disease.
    • James is an MD-PhD student interested in immunology, infectious diseases, and vaccine development. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, James worked with Dr. Geoffrey Hart on understanding the immune response to malaria. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development in 2021. After graduation, James spent two years working as a postbaccalaureate fellow at the NIH's Vaccine Research Center with Dr. Robert Seder to develop better tuberculosis vaccines. He hopes to continue working on vaccine development for infectious diseases that disproportionately afflict developing countries.
    • Postgraduate Associate-Immunobiology

      Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Jaime A. González-Hernández graduated from Pomona College in 2021 with a B.A. in Molecular Biology and a minor in Media Studies. Currently in his first year as an MD-PhD student, Jaime is interested in leveraging the fundamental connections between cancer and host-microbe interactions for the development of personalized therapies. Jaime had his first research experience as part of the 2018 Yale BioMed SURF program in Dr. Aaron Ring's lab. In 2020, Jaime rejoined the Ring lab as well as Dr. Noah Palm's lab to work on BASEHIT, a high throughput host-microbe interaction screening platform and a collaborative project between the two labs. After graduating, Jaime continued working on BASEHIT for two years as a Postgraduate Research Associate to study how interactions between the human exoproteome (secreted and extracellular proteins) and commensal microbiota influence human health and disease. Outside of academic medicine, Jaime has enjoyed volunteering in HAVEN Free Clinic as an interpreter to serve underrepresented patients, watching both kinds of football (American football and soccer), and analyzing films and other forms of visual storytelling to broaden his perspective.
    • Research Associate 3, HSS

      Originally from the rural South, Tyler Harvey is a MD/PhD (Public Health) student at the Yale School of Medicine. Tyler holds a BA in Urban Studies from Rhodes College and MPH from the Yale School of Public Health. Prior to graduate school, Tyler was a Thomas J. Watson fellow where they completed an international fellowship across six diverse low-income countries titled, "Embodied Poverty: Experiences and Voices of the Poor, Sick, and Surviving." As a graduate student in public health, Tyler served as the Executive Director of HAVEN Free Clinic, a student-run primary health care clinic that partners with Yale to provide services to the New Haven community free of charge. Prior to beginning the MD/PhD program, Tyler was the Center Administrator at the SEICHE Center for Health and Justice, an academic center focused on addressing the health harms of mass incarceration. From 2023 - 2024, Tyler was a Public Voices Fellow with TheOpEdProject in partnership with the AcademyHealth, publishing numerous opinion pieces on health equity in top media outlets, including The Hill and Newsweek. As a MD/PhD candidate, Tyler plans to pursue a PhD in Public Health. Tyler's research focuses on examining structural determinants of health and understanding how to improve the health of marginalized populations. Tyler's research has been published in leading medical and public health journals, such as JAMA Network Open, LGBT Health, and Social Science and Medicine and has been used alongside work with local and international agencies, including the NYC Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and World Health Organization.
    • Alyssa Klee is an MD-PhD student originally from Westchester, New York. She grew up in a small town called Somers before moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts to attend Harvard College as an undergraduate. At Harvard, she found a passion for immuno-oncology and completed a senior thesis in the Freeman Lab, developing novel antibodies for the treatment of cancer. After graduating with a concentration in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a citation in Spanish, she moved to Tel Aviv, Israel for her gap year. There, she worked at the Weizmann Institute of Science, using bioinformatics to study melanoma in the Samuels Lab. At Yale, Alyssa hopes to pursue a PhD in Immunology to parallel her interest in clinical oncology. She also has an interest in studying and practicing medical Spanish for use in a clinical setting. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog Brody, traveling, and playing volleyball. She also hopes to continue her study of both Hebrew and Spanish at Yale.
    • Malaz is an MD-PhD student with an interest in Systems Neuroscience. Originally from Damascus Syria, he completed his undergraduate studies at Drake University. At Drake, he conducted neuroscience research in multiple labs that investigated the effects of early life stress on fear learning and memory in rats. After his undergraduate studies, he joined the National Institute of Mental Health as a postbac research trainee (IRTA). Under the mentorship of Dr. Mario Penzo, Malaz studied neural circuitry that involves the midline thalamus in relation to emotional and defensive behaviors in mice. As an MD-PhD student, Malaz is interested in studying information processing in the brain in relation to emotional states and memory. In his free time, he enjoys music, weight lifting, and spending time with his cat.
    • Yu Xuan was born in China and moved to the United States with her family at the age of 7. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego in 2021. She then spent the next two years studying the structural and cell biology of Parkinson's Disease in the lab of Dr. Andres Leschziner using Cryo-Electron Microscopy. For her MD-PhD, Yu Xuan is interested in studying the intersection of disease mechanisms, therapy development, and systems biology using a variety of imaging tools (but she can be swayed in a different direction by cool science along the way).
    • Wesley Price is an MD-PhD student in economics. Before joining the program at Yale, he worked as a pre-doctoral fellow in economics with Prof. Amy Finkelstein at MIT and in machine learning research with Prof. Edward Yoonjae Choi at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, where he was a Henry Luce Scholar. He earned a BA with highest honors from UNC Chapel Hill, where he studied political science, biology, and never quite enough math as a Morehead-Cain scholar.
    • Cecily (Claire) Ritch is a first year MD-PhD student with an interest in cancer immunology from Eustis, Florida. In 2018, Claire graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Chemistry. At Georgia Tech, she first fell in love with cancer research where she worked under Dr. Mostafa El-Sayed and Dr. Balakrishna Pai. After graduation, she ventured to the northeast where she became dually affiliated with Sandro Santagata’s Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Peter Sorger’s Laboratory Systems of Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. Claire’s primary research focus was on using tissue-based cyclic immunofluorescence (t-CyCIF) and genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) to better characterize the spatial features of the tumor microenvironment (TME). Using this platform, she was able to create high dimensional spatial maps of the TME allowing her to explore both cell-cell and immune network interactions using neighborhood analysis techniques. Pairing CyCIF with tractable mouse models has enabled her to understand how genetic perturbations and novel therapies alter the immune response in a controlled manner and elucidate the mechanisms by which tumors evade immune surveillance. She has been able to translate what she has found within these mouse models directly to clinical trial samples. Claire is also proficient in Python, MATLAB, R, and Bash. In her free time, she loves to bake, play the guitar, and go to concerts.
    • Born and raised in León, Nicaragua, Eugenia moved to the U.S. in 2017 to complete her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At UMass, she joined Dr. Sloan Siegrist's lab where she found her passion for developing point-of-care diagnostics. After graduating college in 2021, she moved to Cambridge to be a Broad Biomedical Post-baccalaureate Scholar at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. During her time in Viktor Adalsteinsson's lab at the Broad, she continued following her interests in diagnostics as she helped create a more accurate DNA sequencing method that improves the detection of cancer mutations in patients. At Yale, Eugenia hopes to merge her clinical and research training to mitigate health disparities through the development of affordable and accessible diagnostics and therapeutics. Eugenia's research interests include cancer biology, immunology, infectious diseases, genetics, and microbiology.
    • Israel was born in Springfield, MA and earned his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Tufts University in 2021. As an MD-PhD student, Israel is interested in conducting neuroscience research. In the initial stages of his undergraduate journey, Israel worked in Dr. Chris Dulla's lab. Later on, he spent the latter part of his undergraduate and gap years in Dr. Chinfei Chen's lab studying the mouse visual system. Israel hopes to research the fundamental circuit mechanisms underlying decision-making and motivation. His ultimate goal is to comprehend how these intricate processes become disrupted in various neuropsychiatric disorders.
    • Josh is an MD-PhD student from Newtown, PA and a recent graduate of Brown University, where he earned degrees in Biochemistry (Sc.B.) and Biomedical Engineering (A.B.) with honors. At Brown, Josh’s research used a mix of cellular and molecular techniques to investigate GPCR-mediated signaling mechanisms involved in melanoma progression. He also contributed to a thorough functional characterization of regulatory SNPs that inform novel insights into the mechanisms underlying human skin color diversity. At Yale, his research interests span cancer immunology, genetic engineering, and systems biology. Josh aspires to leverage his unique dual background in medicine and research to bridge the gap between scientific discovery and medical practice. In his free time, Josh enjoys pottery, cooking, and walking dogs around New Haven.
    • Max was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. As an undergraduate researcher at Brown University, he worked in Dr. Gary Wessel's lab studying how developmental divergence produces evolutionary novelty in sea urchins and sea stars. Having lived with autoimmune type 1 diabetes since a young age, he then shifted his research interests to understanding human immunology. In Dr. Nir Hacohen's lab at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute, he examined the multicellular interactions present in human lung cancer and how these cellular networks associate with immunotherapy outcomes. Now as a member of the Yale MD/PhD program, he is eager to study immune tolerance and work towards developing new strategies to reverse disease for patients living with autoimmune diseases.
    • Born and raised in Yaounde, Cameroon, Karly moved to the US at the age of 17 in order to attend college. She started her education at Westchester Community College before transferring to Columbia University, where she graduated with Honors in Biological Sciences. At Columbia, she fell in love with research as an undergraduate research assistant in the Karsenty Lab, where she studied the communication between bone and brain tissue in mice. After graduating from Columbia University in 2020, she worked for three years in the laboratory of Rene Hen at Columbia Psychiatry. In the Hen Lab, she investigated the behavioral and circuit mechanisms of pro-neurogenic compounds in mice as well as the impact of early-life stress on the susceptibility to psychiatric disorders later in life. As an MD-PhD student at the Yale School of Medicine, Karly is excited to continue exploring the neural circuits altered in psychiatric disorders.
    • Katie is an MD-PhD student from Athens, Georgia with a strong interest in the glycobiological mechanisms that drive disease. Katie completed her undergraduate education at Boston University where she earned degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BA, with Honors) and Vocal Performance (BM). While at BU, Katie completed her undergraduate research thesis in the lab of Kim McCall, where she interrogated the glycosylation state of a glial phagocytosis receptor in Drosophila. She also contributed to characterization of the mechanisms by which defective glial phagocytosis begets age-dependent neurodegeneration in Drosophila. After graduating in 2021, Katie accepted a position in the lab of Carolyn Bertozzi at Stanford University where she worked closely with a physician-scientist to develop the first total glycosylation profile of the human platelet protein GPIb alpha. At Yale, Katie hopes to leverage her background in glycobiology to explore the roles of glycans in human disease, with a special interest in understanding the pathogenic consequences of altered protein glycosylation in cancer and neurodegenerative disease. Outside of science and medicine, Katie sings with the Yale Schola Cantorum and enjoys playing piano, knitting/crocheting, and fostering kittens.
  • 2022 Entering Class

    • From the Bay Area in California, Josef graduated from Berkeley with a BA in biochemistry. As an undergraduate, he worked in Dr. Michael Rape's lab, exploring the role of ubiquitin ligases in ALS pathology. Before joining Yale, he was a member of Dr. Kole Roybal's lab at UCSF building engineered T cells which modulate the tumor microenvironment to augment cellular therapies against solid tumors.
    • Tanvi is a first-year MD/PhD student from New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2022 with a degree in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and a minor in Linguistics. During undergrad, she worked in the lab of Dr. Debra Laskin, investigating inflammation in models of mustard gas induced pulmonary injury and characterizing lung inflammation in a model of NASH liver injury. At Yale, she plans to continue conducting research on molecular mechanisms of inflammation and the innate immune system.
    • Agnieszka graduated with Honors from Skidmore College in 2017, completing her studies with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology and a minor in Computer Science. During her undergraduate career, she led several studies on understanding circadian dysregulation in Alzheimer’s, developing computational methods for assessing axon dynamics in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, and developing transgenic zebrafish models for studying spinal cord injury recovery. For the last three years, she has worked as a medical scribe and researcher at the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). She led and operationalized the convalescent plasma program during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, which ultimately resulted in the development of HIG at Mount Sinai in collaboration with Immunotek. Additionally, Agnieszka was the lead scientist on various NASA Human Research Program and Translational Research Institute for Space Health-funded projects in the Goukassian lab. These projects focused on elucidating acute and chronic effects of ionizing radiation on cardiovascular disease risks. Her work at ISMMS caused her to pivot directions with her newfound interest in cardiology. As an MD/PhD candidate, Agnieszka is interested in investigating the interplay of inflammation and clonal hematopoiesis in cardiometabolic disorders and cardio-oncology.
    • Raúl A. García-Rosario was born and raised in Carolina, Puerto Rico. In 2020, he graduated with a B.Sc in Cellular-Molecular Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. During his undergraduate career, he developed an interest in neuroscience research and decided to pursue an MD-PhD. From 2020 to 2022, Raul was a Postbaccalaureate IRTA Research Fellow at the National Institute on Aging in the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience (Neurocognitive Aging Section), where he studied the neuroadaptations underlying memory resilience in aging. His clinical experience identified the immediate need for the translation of basic research findings into therapeutics. That is why, as a physician-scientist, Raul hopes to accelerate this translation by conducting research with a more direct emphasis on patients’ needs. Raul's research experiences/interests include neuroregeneration, neurodegenerative diseases, neurocognitive aging, learning, memory, cognition, and behavioral neuroscience.
    • Allison Law is from Natick, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard College in 2020 with an A.B. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. In 2021, she earned her MSc from the University of Oxford in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology. Under the supervision of Dr Mark Harrison, Allison received a distinction for her research on the contributions of lay-practitioners to the body of medical knowledge in the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. Additionally, she is interested in the history of Emergency Medicine.
    • Linda is a MD-PhD student interested in computational genomics, and particularly how we can better represent, understand, and learn from human genetic diversity. She graduated from Swarthmore College with high honors in Biochemistry & Computer Science and is a proud QuestBridge alum. As an undergraduate, she explored non-canonical DNA structures and their interactions with small molecule ligands. After graduating, she worked on evaluating the genotoxicity of therapeutic gene editing strategies and developing tools to facilitate more comprehensive off-target analysis. Outside of academics, she co-leads the Yale School of Medicine's first-generation & low-income student group (YFLI) and the MD-PhD program's student perspectives on identity, diversity, and equity at Yale (SPIDEY) mentorship program.
    • Michele is an MD-PhD student interested in studying gene expression regulation and genomic based therapies for disease. She grew up in Philadelphia, PA where she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2022 studying Biochemistry and Biophysics. While at Penn, she worked on researching the structure and function of Integrator subunits 15 and 6 in the labs of Dr. Gardini and Dr. Wilusz respectively. Additionally she investigated the functions and structures of circular RNAs during her time in the Wilusz lab. michele.meline@yale.edu
    • Born in Ghana, Bismark moved to New York in 2017 and completed his undergraduate degree in BS Biology at Stony Brook University. At Stony Brook, Bismark spent three years working with Dr. Sandeep Mallipattu on investigating the pathophysiology of Krüppel-like factor 6 in diabetic kidney disease. His research interests cut across basic and translational work on understanding the molecular mechanisms of diseases using a range of wet and dry lab skills. Aside research, Bismark is an avid sports fan with interests in basketball and soccer.
    • Timothy Paris is a medicinal chemist from Rapid City, South Dakota. In 2021, he graduated from South Dakota State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, and psychology. As South Dakota State’s 11th Goldwater Scholar, Timothy developed novel, etherification reactions between nucleophilic carbanions and electrophilic peroxides in the laboratory of Dr. Rachel Willand-Charnley. On campus, he held several teaching assistant positions in organic chemistry, social psychology, human anatomy, and physiology, while serving as a Community Assistant with the University’s Housing and Residential Life. Timothy graduated with Honors distinction from the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College. Timothy conducted post-baccalaureate research with the Sarafen ChEM-H Medicinal Chemistry Knowledge Center at Stanford University. There, he benefited from the mentorship of Dr. Mark Smith and collaborated with Drs. Jeffrey Glenn, Ted Jardetzky, and Edward Wood. His work centered around the synthesis of broad-spectrum antiviral prodrugs and antiinflammatory molecules for the treatment of allergic reactions. Timothy plans to train in chemistry for his graduate studies. He is broadly interested in surgical oncology, internal medicine, pediatrics, and hematopathology. In his free time, Timothy enjoys spending time with friends, running, lifting weights, and touring Connecticut’s beautiful hiking trails.
    • Anh was born in Vietnam and moved to San Francisco, California at the age of 11 with his family. Anh graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019 majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology. He then spent the next three years working in Dr. Robert Raffai’s lab at the University of California, San Francisco studying macrophage immunometabolism and microRNAs in atherosclerosis and cardiometabolic disease. His research interests focus on investigating the mechanisms and impact of immune cell’s metabolism and inflammation on chronic inflammatory diseases. His other interests outside of the laboratory include public health projects and serving the underserved communities. Anh finds it oddly relaxing spending time in the lab to do cell and tissue culture and take care of his experimental mice. Besides that, he enjoys being in the kitchen to cook Vietnamese dishes. In his free time, he also likes to play basketball, soccer, and badminton.
    • Matthew Ponticiello (he/him) is an MD PhD student pursuing his PhD in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases through the Yale School of Public Health. His research interests include implementation science, LGBTQ health, the treatment of opioid use disorder in criminal justice settings, and mood disorders. Matt is particularly interested in using qualitative methods to integrate social science and epidemiologic methods to improve the uptake of evidence-based care. Matt earned his B.S. in Global and Public Health Sciences at Cornell University. He then worked at the Weill Cornell Center for Global Health under Dr. Radhika Sundararajan. There, his research focused on community-based interventions to improve the uptake of HIV care among medically pluralistic communities. The majority of Matt's work was spent studying novel methods to improve the uptake of HIV care by collaborating with traditional healers in Uganda and Tanzania. Matt also contributed to the development of a community health worker-delivered gestational diabetes screening program in Pune, India.
    • Adriana is originally from Northern New Jersey, and recently graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied Medical Anthropology, Hispanic Studies, and Chemistry. Her research interests lie at the intersection of clinical medicine, biology, and social science. As an MD-PhD candidate, Adriana will continue her investigation of fertility and pregnancy experiences of women in low-wealth communities.
    • Eva Rest is an M.D.-Ph.D. student intending to pursue her Ph.D. in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. Her research interests include disease modeling, dynamics of respiratory and vaccine-preventable diseases, public health interventions, and global health. Eva hopes to use her M.D.-Ph.D. training to integrate clinical infectious disease care with dynamical disease models and data-driven surveillance and interventions. Eva earned her M.S. in Global Infectious Disease at Georgetown University where she studied respiratory disease dynamics and spatial heterogeneity in vaccination patterns in the lab of Dr. Shweta Bansal. Previously, she researched harm reduction strategies for substance use disorders at the University of Illinois Chicago's Institute for Health Research and Policy. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, studying global health and health policy.
    • Anne Elizabeth is an MD-PhD student intending to study how early life stress exposure alters neurodevelopment. She graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2020 with an AB in Spanish and Portuguese and a certificate in Neuroscience. At Princeton, she worked in Dr. Cate Peña's lab studying early life stress. After graduation, she worked in Dr. Michelle Bosquet Enlow's lab at Boston Children's Hospital conducting research on how children's environments influence their mental health outcomes.
    • Born in Moscow, Russia and raised in Rockford, IL, Elena attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she received a B.S. (Honors) in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a B.A. (Honors) in Germanic Studies with a concentration in German Literature and Culture. After graduating in Spring 2020, she completed a two-year post-baccalaureate fellowship in Dr. Larry Samelson's lab at the National Cancer Institute where she studied the role of actin in regulating T-cell signaling and function. She also independently pursued research with Dr. Tanjala Purnell at Johns Hopkins University's Schools of Medicine and Public Health to learn more about health disparities research, focusing on kidney transplantation and health equity. Now a second year MD-PhD student at Yale University, she plans to pursue her PhD in the Immunobiology department where she aims to identify new therapeutic targets based on interdisciplinary investigation of disease mechanisms. Her current interests lie in T-cell biology, autoimmune disease, and kidney disease. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, being outdoors, running, and reading philosophy.
  • 2021 Entering Class

    • Anis Barmada is an M.D./Ph.D. student and P.D. Soros Fellow in the Department of Immunobiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Growing up in Damascus, Syria, Anis immigrated to the United States when he was seventeen years old. He completed his B.S. at the University of Illinois Chicago in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. He then completed an M.Phil. in Genomic Medicine with distinction at the University of Cambridge and Wellcome Sanger Institute in the United Kingdom, where he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Roser Vento-Tormo on elucidating immune signatures in COVID-19 using single-cell approaches. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, and he has contributed many science communication pieces in media outlets such as Scientific American and The Scholar. Anis plans to become a physician-scientist conducting translational experimental and computational research to address currently incurable diseases, as well as contributing to a new era of health care without disparities.
    • Originally from Michigan, Bridget attended Johns Hopkins University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with a second major in German, in 2019. Bridget began cultivating her interest in medicine and research as an undergraduate, when she joined a basic behavioral neuroscience lab led by Dr. Patricia Janak, to examine neural circuits involved in potentiating addictive behavior in rodents trained under various conditioning paradigms. Around the same time, she joined Dr. Rebecca Gottesman's stroke and neuroepidemiology lab, examining the interface between cardiovascular disease and neurological health and in particular, the potential causal link between stroke and dementia. In her gap year, Bridget had the opportunity to dissect factors driving racial health disparities in stroke care with Dr. Roland Faigle. Clinically, her interests span from stroke neurology, cardiology to obstetrics and gynecology - with a special interest in pathophysiological perturbations and mental health challenges during perimenstrual and peripartum periods. For her PhD, Bridget is looking to explore the brain-body interface, in various physiological and pathological processes in Rui Chang's Lab - particularly, neuroimmune interactions in the periphery, the role of organ intrinsic neuronal populations, and peripheral neural pathways involved in reproductive function. Outside of research and medicine, she enjoys playing volleyball, pickleball, dancing, teaching ultrasound or neuroanatomy, mentorship, and learning about languages and cultures. She also loves playing with her two kittens and teaching them new tricks.
    • Samiksha graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019 with a BS in Neuroscience. Her research avenues thus far have centered on Major Depressive Disorder, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington's Disease, and electrophysiology. Future interests include but are not limited to neurodevelopment, epilepsy, substance use disorders, and the circuitry of addiction.
    • Born and raised in London, UK, Kerri came to the United States in 2015 to pursue further education. She graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and certificate in Global Health Policy. After college, she spent two years as a Research Technician in the lab of Dr. Susan Parkhurst at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer research center where she studied the mechanism of Nuclear Envelope Budding using the Drosophila system.
    • Kyle A. Gavulic was born in Flint, MI and raised in the small neighboring town of Goodrich. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and in Medicine, Health, and Society with a concentration in health economies and policies from Vanderbilt University. Prior to affiliating with Yale, Kyle served as a Health Policy Services Analyst in the Department of Health Policy in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In this capacity, he conducted quantitative health services research under the supervision of Dr. Stacie Dusetzina, focusing on high-cost prescription drugs and the Food and Drug Administration’s accelerated approval pathway. Kyle was also a teaching and research assistant to Dr. Melinda Buntin. From July 2020 to May 2022, Kyle also served as Editorial Intern of JAMA Health Forum. Kyle is now a MD-PhD candidate pursuing a PhD in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Yale School of Public Health. His research interests include access to health care including high-cost prescription medications, Medicaid policy, LGBTQ health, financial burden of health care spending, non-medical determinants of health, comparative health systems, and diversity of the physician workforce. His research in LGBTQ health disparities with Dr. Gilbert Gonzales and in U.S. prescription drug policy with Dr. Stacie Dusetzina has led to publications in the American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Health Forum, Journal of Adolescent Health, and Medical Care Research and Review. Kyle also has interest in medical education with a special focus on equity. Since July 2022, he has led a working group to implement new clinical skills curriculum on caring for transgender and gender diverse patients at Yale School of Medicine. He is Co-Chair of the Curriculum Working Group on the Dean's Advisory Council on LGBTQI+ Affairs. He previously served as co-leader of Yale School of Medicine's Chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and has been a mentor to students applying to MD/PhD programs via the Program to Advance Training in Health & Sciences (PATHS).
    • Max Greenwald is an MD/PhD Student interested in neuropsychiatry completing his PhD research in the lab of Albert Powers, MD. PhD. He received a B.A. in Neuroscience from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT in 2018. In 2016, Max completed a summer project studying the biogenesis of dense core vesicles (DCVs) using molecular biology approaches in Michael Ailion’s lab at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA -- Max's hometown. He spent the next two years in Glen Ernstrom’s lab at Middlebury College studying interactions and mechanisms of synaptic vesicles proteins involved in neurotransmitter loading, completing a senior thesis which earned him High Honors in Neuroscience. Following these experiences, Max became interested in human neuroscience and clinical research and was awarded a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). After a year spent backpacking in South & Central America, he worked for two years at NIMH in the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch (ETPB) clinical research lab under Carlos Zarate researching ketamine’s psychoactive and rapid-acting antidepressant effects. Max remains extremely interested in translational psychiatry research working with human subjects, with a special interest in pro-neuroplastic psychoactive therapeutics and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Outside of medicine, Max is an avid lover of traveling and the outdoors, and he tries to spend as much time as humanly possible outside of work hiking, running, eating, talking with friends, and spotting critters in the woods.
    • MD-PhD Student, MD-PhD Program

      Daniel is a third year MD-PhD student and first year PhD student in Professor Daniel Greif's lab in the Department of Genetics. He received his B.S. in Bioengineering from Temple University. Prior to Yale, Daniel worked with research groups at Virginia Commonwealth University/the McGuire Veteran's Affairs hospital and Temple University to study cardiovascular disease in clinical, translational, and basic contexts. He is interested in applying multi-disciplinary thinking and skillsets to understand coronary artery biology and disease.
    • Saeed is a 4th year MD-PhD student currently in his 2nd year of graduate studies in the laboratories of of Dr. Seth Herzon and Dr. Ranjit Bindra in the Departments of Pharmacology and Chemistry. As a part of the Herzon/Bindra collaborative, Saeed is developing novel chemotherapeutic prodrugs. Prior to Yale, Saeed attended Dartmouth College where he majored in Chemistry and Biology. Aside from engaging in synthetic and medicinal chemistry research, Saeed has also been involved in various clinical research projects, particularly in the realm of cardiovascular medicine. Outside of the research lab, Saeed is heavily involved with the anatomy teaching labs at Yale where he TA's for first-year medical students, facilitates special training activities, and completes dissection projects. Saeed ultimately hopes to pursue a career as a surgeon-scientist.
    • Emily is an MD-PhD student with an interest in Cancer Immunology. She grew up in the Bay Area, California and went to undergrad at Wesleyan University where she graduated with a Bachelors in Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. She then spent three years in the lab of Dr. Robert Manguso at the Broad Institute in Boston studying novel immunotherapy targets.
    • Jaspreet was born in Delhi, India, but grew up in the coastal town of Falmouth, Maine. He attended Cornell University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Biological Sciences in 2020. As an undergraduate, he researched the role of microRNAs in the onset and progression of equine common variable immunodeficiency. Following his undergraduate training, he worked with the Elowitz group at Caltech to help design and implement synthetic circuits to tackle T cell exhaustion in context of CAR-T therapy. Outside of the classroom and laboratory, he is an avid jazz trombonist, tennis player, basketball & football fan, console gamer, and advocate for students with disabilities.
    • MD-PhD student, Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

      At Lewis & Clark College, Talia studied cell death in zebrafish neural development in the Weissman-Unni Lab and received the Barry M. Goldwater Fellowship. In 2020 she graduated summa cum laude with Departmental Honors in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology for her thesis investigating the influence of BMP signaling on clonal survival in the zebrafish hindbrain. Through the Yale MD-PhD program, she is continuing to study the mechanisms underlying neuronal cell interactions in the Grutzendler Lab.
    • Sarah graduated in 2019 summa cum laude from Emory University with degrees in Economics and Biology. After several years in a clinical research lab studying post-cardiac surgery outcomes of pediatric patients with connective tissue disorders, she shifted focus to health economics. Sarah's senior thesis analyzed the effects of a novel public health initiative on neonatal health. At Yale, Sarah is pursuing joint MD and PhD degrees with the understanding that clinical experience and knowledge in health economics serve as complements, each informing and improving the practice of the other. Research interests include maternal and child health, payment models, incentives in healthcare markets, and markets for biologics.
    • Ryland is a second year MD-PhD student pursuing his PhD in Genetics. Prior to coming to Yale, Ryland completed a two-year Postbaccalaureate Research Fellowship at the NIH where he applied computational methods to study hematopoietic stem cell and natural killer cell biology in the laboratory of Cynthia Dunbar. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in 2019 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and was awarded the Viterbi School of Engineering Outstanding Research Award. Ryland conducted research on computational systems biology at USC in the laboratory of Stacey Finley and through a summer internship at MIT with Doug Lauffenburger. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys volunteering at HAVEN free clinic, playing basketball, and spending time with friends.
    • Wesley Tung grew up in Central Illinois where he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Molecular and Cellular Biology. In 2019, he graduated with many academic distinctions, completing a honors thesis on the role of the RNA-binding protein hnRNPI in intestinal homeostasis. Following his graduation, he travelled to the National Institutes of Health where he studied the genetic contributions of a defective Type I Interferon pathway in conferring viral infection susceptibility in humans. These experiences defined his interests in medicine, clinical immunology and virology, where he hopes to pursue in his future academic career. He is currently participating as part of Yale's MSTP as an NIH Oxford/Cambridge Graduate Partnership Program Scholar.
    • Matthew is a MD/PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program co-mentored by Dr. Nenad Sestan and Dr. Kartik Pattabiraman.
    • Elizabeth is an MD-PhD student with a research interest in infectious disease epidemiology. Before coming to Yale, Elizabeth worked on quantifying the impact of the HIV epidemic on cancer incidence in the US as a fellow in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute. She is interested in the use of infectious disease modelling to inform precision public health policy.
  • 2020 Entering Class

    • Philip graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a Meyerhoff Scholar, earning degrees with distinction both in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Statistics. Following his studies, he served as a research assistant at Vanderbilt University's Department of Biomedical Informatics where he investigated the off-target effects of statins using BioVU. Prior to starting medical school, Philip competed as a professional swimmer for the country of Nigeria, where he was a national record holder and team captain. He competed in a host of international events such as the All African Games and World Championships. Philip is currently working in the Cardiovascular Data Science (CarDS) Lab under the guidance of Dr. Rohan Khera where he is applying machine learning techniques to assess and improve quality of care and patient outcomes.
    • Born and raised in the Philippines, Patricia came to the United States in 2013 to pursue further education. She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology; Minor in Biomedical Research. She was awarded highest departmental honors for her senior thesis conducted in the lab of Dr. Stephanie Correa where she helped characterize the transcriptional architecture of the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus using single cell RNA-sequencing and in situ hybridization. After college, she spent two years as a postbac fellow in the lab of Dr. Glenn Merlino at the NIH where she studied the mechanism of cancer organotropism using metastatic melanoma cells in mice. As a future physician scientist, she is passionate about improving the healthcare system and expanding research opportunities in her home country. Outside of school, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, cooking Filipino food, spending afternoons in art museums, and mailing postcards to friends around the world.
    • MD-PhD Student

      Daniel A. Colón Ríos was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He graduated in 2018 from Universidad de Puerto Rico - Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez (UPR-RUM) with a major in Chemistry. He subsequently moved to New Haven and joined Dr. Faye Rogers lab as a postgraduate associate, where he studied the cellular response to excessive levels of nucleotide-excision repair (NER)-recognized DNA damage. As a postgraduate associate, he also completed the Yale Cancer Center Cancer Biology Training Program (CBTP) and served as an interpreter at the HAVEN Free Clinic. Daniel is now a fourth year MD-PhD Student in the Glazer Lab studying PARP inhibitor resistance mechanisms. He is an active member of the MSTP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and continues to be involved in the Student National Medical Association - Latino Medical Student Association (SNMA-LMSA) joint chapter at Yale School of Medicine. Out of academics, Daniel enjoys spending time with friends, playing volleyball, going to the beach, and traveling.
    • Ruben De Man is an MD/PhD student in the Cellular & Molecular Physiology graduate program. His PhD work in the laboratory of Naftali Kaminski seeks to characterize the relationship between aging and cellular senescence in lung tissue at the single-cell level.
    • Victoria is an MD-PhD student in the lab of Michael Higley. She is currently interested in understanding how sensory information is functionally represented at multiple scales in the brain.
    • Andin Fosam is a 4th year MD/PhD student at the Yale School of Medicine, currently completing her PhD focused in muscle metabolism and physiology. Prior to starting medical school, Andin earned her Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Biological Sciences and History of Philosophy and Science, and minoring in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). While at Pitt, she also competed as an NCAA Division 1 Track and Field athlete, where she currently holds the school record in the hammer throw. Andin is highly motivated by her experience as an athlete and spends her time in the lab studying how to adapt strength training protocols to help prevent muscle loss after surgery. She leads both clinical and translational studies to better understand how modified strength training protocols may improve post-surgical recovery. Andin is also heavily involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at Yale and initiatives to recruit and retain underrepresented individuals in science and medicine.
    • I grew up in Houston and went to Rice University, where I graduated with a B.A. in Chemistry. My interest in research started in a lab at McGovern Medical School where I studied the effects of modified NSAIDs to inhibit the proliferation and metastasis of pancreatic cancer. At Rice, I also worked in a chemical biology lab to develop a novel antibody conjugation technique called pClick to improve the way we deliver cancer immunotherapeutics. My senior honor thesis was on using pClick to genetically incorporate aspartic acid sequences into Herceptin antibodies for selective bone cancer therapy delivery. I'm currently interested in understanding and manipulating the activity of immune receptors to improve cancer immunotherapies. Outside of medicine, I love to draw and paint, listen to R&B music, and tend to my growing plant collection.
    • I was born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Frederick, Maryland, USA. While studying biomedical engineering in Washington, DC, I had the opportunity to explore a wide spectrum of research topics including single-neuron mass spectrometry in Dr. Vertes' analytical chemistry lab at GWU and high intensity therapeutic ultrasound with GWU and the FDA. I developed a particular interest in medical imaging research and after graduation, I spent two years at the National Institute on Aging primarily focused on using advanced MRI techniques to study age-related processes pertaining to brain tissue microstructure including demyelination, axonal damage, and iron accumulation. Informed by my experience at the NIA, I am interested in developing and applying advanced imaging, signal processing, and machine learning techniques to study neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease. Outside of research I mentor middle-school STEM students. I also enjoy hiking, working out, art, and hanging out with my dog.
    • Cynthia Lo is an MD/PhD candidate working in the Park Lab and a graduate student in the interdepartmental neuroscience program. She is working on modeling epilepsy in different brain organoid models. Prior to Yale, she worked at Formlabs as a materials scientist on a biocompatible resin for SLA printing after graduating from MIT in 2018 with a BS in Engineering from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
    • MD/PhD Student

      I am originally from Ossining, NY, a town in the suburbs of New York City. During high school, I began working in the cancer biology laboratory of Dr. Goutham Narla at Mount Sinai studying small molecules that activate a tumor suppressive phosphatase, PP2A. Being a part of this group galvanized my passion for cancer research and led me to study Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale for undergrad. I completed my senior thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Craig Crews, studying PROteolysis TArgeting Chimeras (PROTACs) and stayed in the Crews lab for my two gap years before beginning medical school. For my PhD, I am interested in defining mechanisms of resistance to cancer targeted therapies and developing novel approaches to treat these refractory malignancies. Outside of the lab, I enjoy working out, visiting local breweries, and following Arsenal FC in the English Premier League.
    • I grew up in Washington, DC before attending Harvard College. At Harvard, I received Magna Cum Laude with highest honors in the History of Science with my thesis on disability rights and feminist activism in 1980s-90s Boston. Following my undergraduate education, I conducted clinical research at Boston Children's Hospital in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, focusing on the effects of scoliosis-related disability and invasive scoliosis treatment on patients and their families. This experience inspired me to pursue medicine as well as history, through Yale's MD-PhD program in the History of Science and Medicine. My interests are at the intersection of disability rights, reproductive justice, and medical education.
    • 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.
    • Research Assistant 1 MS

      Stacy Uchendu grew up in Houston,Texas and attended Wesleyan University where she graduated with Honors in Chemistry and fostered a sustaining interest in the reciprocal influence between science and society. She joined the MD/PhD program at Yale School of Medicine in 2020 and is currently a graduate student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. As a joint member or Amy Arnsten’s and Nii Addy’s labs, she studies the mechanism of L-type calcium channels in the context of stress and addiction. Her work inside and outside the clinic and lab revolve around improving health and well-being for marginalized communities and takes many forms such as researching disease mechanisms that disproportionately affect these groups, educating underserved families about nutrition, and advocating for better access to healthcare. She is commited to continuing this work as a future Neuroscientist and Psychiatrist.
  • 2019 Entering Class

    • MD-PhD Student

      Brendan Adkinson is an MD-PhD candidate in the Multimodal Imaging, Neuroinformatics, & Data Science (MINDS) Lab. His research focuses on using human neuroimaging to build machine learning models that predict individual psychiatric symptom profiles and is supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). He also evaluates how these models may be biased in underrepresented patient populations, particularly rural populations. Before matriculating at Yale, Brendan worked under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Anticevic, focusing on studies of schizophrenia, autism, and OCD, including a pharmacological manipulation with ketamine. Brendan graduated summa cum laude as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Marietta College where he was a letterman on the varsity football team and captain of the varsity tennis team. Outside of the classroom, Brendan is founder of Elevation Gateway (elevationgateway.com), an advisor to Cocoa360 (cocoa360.org), and a member of Vox Church.
    • Jafar is an MD/PhD student interested in T cell function, particularly in autoimmune disease. He is currently trying to better understand how T cells reach the kidney and persist in lupus nephritis, and their role in causing kidney damage.
    • I was born in New Britain, CT and raised in Haverford, PA as the middle of three girls. I fostered a passion for developmental biology while studying Hoxa5 in the Mansfield Lab at Barnard College. After graduating, I spent one year as a research technician at Weill Cornell. I am now conducting my thesis research in the Sozen lab, studying the impact of the gestational environment on early embryonic development.
    • I was born and raised in New York City.  After graduation I spent several years studying the gut microbiome after bariatric surgery as well as numerous other aspects of metabolic disease.  I am currently working in the lab of Dr. Silvia Vilarinho to better understand rare liver disorders using a combination of wet lab and bioinformatics approaches. Outside of research I thoroughly enjoy cooking, craft beer, and coffee.
    • Born and raised in Shanghai, China, I came to the United States at the age of nineteen and attended Vanderbilt University, where I majored in Biomedical Engineering. In my spare time, I enjoy learning different languages and traditional Chinese art forms, such as Beijing Opera and crosstalk. Fun fact about me: I joined the marching band in my college with no prior knowledge of football. It was a wild experience but a lot of fun!
    • I was born in Sesimbra, Portugal and moved to the United States when I was three months old. In high school, I participated in a bioethics research program through which I explored the creation of a donor, or “savior,” child through pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. As a Yale undergraduate, I discovered a passion for pursuing cancer biology research alongside medical training. I spent two years post-graduation investigating cancer drug resistance at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA. Outside of science and medicine, I love drawing, reading, jogging, knitting, and trying new types of foods and recipes! A fun fact about myself is that I love donuts, although when I once tried to make them when I was younger, the dough didn’t rise properly and they looked more like cookies than donuts!
    • Jeff is an MD/PhD student in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis at Yale University School of Medicine in the laboratory of Dr. Craig Roy where he is studying the mechanisms of secreted bacterial proteins that manipulate eukaryotic cell signaling processes.  Jeff attended Haverford College where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology. After completing his undergraduate degree, Jeff investigated the molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis  at Uniformed Services University in the lab of Alison O'Brien, and then Harvard Medical School in the lab of Marcia Goldberg. He has continued his studies of host-pathogen interactions focused on the organism Coxiella burnetii and understanding the molecular and biochemical activities of bacterial secretion system client proteins. He volunteers as a co-director of the Longitudinal Care Coordination program at the HAVEN student-run free clinic where he oversees a team of patient navigators and senior clinical team members to coordinate the efficient delivery of care to HAVEN's most vunerable patients.
    • Chelesa Fearce graduated Phi Betta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Spelman College in 2017, where she majored in biochemistry and minored in philosophy. Upon graduating, she spent two years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, where she was in a molecular neuropharmacology lab studying dopamine receptor signaling. She is currently a student in the MD/PhD program and is interested in drug development for psychiatric disorders. Most notably, Chelesa has been featured on several new outlets, including The Atlanta Journal Constitution, BET, and The Huffington Post. Despite being homeless throughout her childhood, she graduated Valedictorian of her high school class and was awarded a full scholarship to college and subsequently, Yale School of Medicine. Fun Fact About Me: I love Stephen King movies and novels.
    • I grew up in Southern California and graduated from USC. I spent a few years doing computational cancer genomics research which eventually led me to the interface of genomics and tumor immunology. I am currently interested in the intersection of cancer biology, immunology, and machine learning to improve and/or develop novel therapies for cancer patients. Outside of research and medicine, I spend my time playing soccer on the club team here at Yale, playing pick-up basketball with classmates, and eating (probably too many) chocolate chip cookies.
    • I grew up in Bronxville, NY and headed south to North Carolina for college. I graduated from Duke University in 2017 with a degree in biomedical engineering (biomechanics and bioelectricity concentrations) and a minor in music. As an undergraduate, I did research in cellular mechanobiology. After graduating, I stayed at Duke and worked in molecular cardiology in Howard Rockman's lab, investigating G-protein coupled receptor biophysics in the heart. Currently, I am a graduate student in Professor Stuart Campbell's lab, where I am studying arrhythmias using iPSC-derived engineered heart tissues. Outside of science, I play the piano (mostly classical, a bit of jazz and musical theater), compose, and enjoy road biking.
    • I graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a double major in Biological Engineering and Brain & Cognitive Sciences. In the past, I studied infant social cognition using functional near-infrared spectroscopy in the Saxe Lab at MIT. At the Mayo Clinic, I led a protein engineering project working with tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1) to alter the inhibitory profile toward cancer biomarkers, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Moving forward, I will continue to pursue cancer research, specifically tumor immunology, immunotherapy, and neuro-immunology. Fun fact: I was invited to train at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO for volleyball!
    • After completing her undergraduate degree at Georgia Tech, Ann spent 9 months in India conducting public health research with a Fulbright research fellowship. Ann plans to continue public health research during her PhD with a mixed-methods approach. Ann enjoys spending time hiking and outdoors.
    • I grew up in the U.S. Virgin Islands on St. John and went to undergrad at the University of the Virgin Islands on St. Thomas, where I graduated with a B.S. in Biology. I am currently interested in research in tissue engineering here at Yale and would like to pursue a degree in Biomedical Engineering in addition to my medical degree. In terms of hobbies and interests, I enjoy playing tennis and guitar and telling people who see my height and ask about the weather that being 6'5" does not cause colossal microclimate differences.
    • I was born in Tallahassee, Florida, and raised on a small farm near Greensboro before moving to Homestead in South Florida. Afterward, I returned to north Florida for college and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a focus in Biomedical Engineering in December 2018. My passion for cancer research was kindled by personal experiences and nurtured by my mentor, Dr. Jeremy Chambers, with whom I worked on understanding mitochondrial JNK signaling in cancer during high school, through the Florida International University Summer Research Internship program. Fascinated by the intricate complexity of cancer biology, I continued to pursue cancer research throughout my undergraduate years, exploring various topics in cancer research at FSU, the Wistar Institute, and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Throughout my research experience, I have employed systems biology approaches, analyzing the graphs/network states from high-dimensional -omics data, including transcriptomics, proteomics, somatic mutations, and metabolomics, to study these highly organized cellular processes. I have gained expertise in bioinformatics techniques in conjunction with "wet lab" cell biology experimentation, in the labs of my mentors Drs. Amy Sang, Timothy Logan, David Speicher, and Vito Quaranta. My senior design project (with now InnoHealth Diagnostics) piqued my interest in point-of-care diagnostics and the challenges of developing rapid, cost-effective nucleic acid amplification testing. We developed a simple, disposable prototype device and protocol that could detect pathogen DNA in a urine sample through a colorimetric DNA intercalator that was detectable (without additional instrumentation) after loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) of the target sequence. Our team was awarded the FSU Jim Moran Micro Grant, the 2019 Mark K. Scott Infinity Fund Prize InNOLEvation Challenge Award, and competed in the 2019 ACC InVenture competition, with special thanks to the mentorship of Drs. Cesar Rodriguez and Emily Pritchard. Presently, I am pursuing translational cancer research questions in Dr. David Rimm's lab at Yale, surrounding HER2-low cancer and emerging antibody-drug conjugates. Overall, my research interests include discovering biomarkers for treatment response and characterizing drug-tolerant or immune-repressed states in patient tumors. In this area of research, I am utilizing my expertise in data science and bioinformatics while expanding my knowledge of statistics and machine learning to investigate these complex problems. I am also intrigued by the engineering hurdles in creating robust diagnostic assays and systems to deliver fast, accurate, and reliable results to guide patient care. In the future, I aspire to blend these elements in my research career as a physician-scientist and engineer. When I am not in the lab, I enjoy playing golf (having competed in the US Kids Tour in Florida), programming, and indulging in science fiction.
    • I was born in Calcutta India, and moved to Edison, New Jersey for high school. I then attended Boston University, majoring in Biology and Philosophy. My interest in research began during a summer internship at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where I studied daily changes in mitochondrial numbers. Upon coming back to Boston, I began working on the biochemistry of circadian rhythms at Harvard Medical School, studying the native, endogenous structure and function of the transcription factor responsible for regulating all mammalian cellular circadian rhythms. I also spent a summer at the EPFL in Switzerland investigating robotics and its application in the diagnosis and treatment of psychosis. As an MD-PhD student at Yale, I want to learn how to rigorously think about science and become the best physician that I can be. Outside of school, I love to read philosophy/ethics, eat good food, pursue my love for stand-up comedy, and listen to classic rock.
    • I grew up in Aurora, Colorado, and spent time at the University of Colorado before coming to Yale. I am interested broadly in voltage-gated ion channels as they relate to both normal function and disease. Outside of academics, I love playing and watching all kinds of sports, exploring breweries, and finding new places to eat.
    • Born in Virginia and raised in New Jersey, I graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. I was fortunate to research under Dr. Paul Copeland, who studies the rare amino acid- selenocysteine. In his lab I researched selenoprotein translation in vitro and in Danio Rerio. On a sunny Saturday you can find me out hiking with my wife and dog, and Sunday attending Trinity Church. Fun Fact: In my spare time, my brothers and I brainstorm and modify laboratory equipment in order to brew better tasting coffee.
    • Deanne Yugawa is currently pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. at the Yale School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in Biology (with Honors) and Economics. During her undergraduate career, Deanne completed internships at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hawaii Pathologists' Laboratory, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at HHS. Deanne's past research focused on the role of Ptf1a (p48) in pancreatic cancer initiation. She is currently a member of the lab of Luisa Escobar-Hoyos where she studies the role of RNA splicing in pancreatic cancer.  In her free time, she enjoys reading mystery novels, exploring Japan, and going home to Hawaii.Fun Fact About Me: I never saw snow until college, but ended up living in a city where the snow was often taller than me.
  • 2018 Entering Class

    • Nathaniel received his B.S. in Chemistry magna cum laude from the George Washington University (GWU) in 2017. As an undergraduate with Dr. Ioannis Eleftherianos and Dr. Douglas Nixon, he studied neuro-immune interactions influencing pain sensitization in Drosophila. As postgraduate research associate at GWU's Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine he worked on identifying markers of T-cells latently infected with HIV-1 in addition to studying a novel mechanism of HIV-1 mediated immune evasion. In 2018, he enrolled in the Yale MD/PhD program and will be working to understand neuro-immune circuitry underlying different disease states in Dr. Ruslan Medzhitov's lab.
    • Hannah grew up in a suburb of Detroit, Michigan and graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Michigan State University in 2016. She spent her summers between school doing research and exploring new places, including a study abroad research experience in Dusseldorf, Germany and an internship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. After graduating, she spent two years in Baltimore, Maryland working as a post-baccalaureate at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In Geoff Schoenbaum's lab, she worked full time studying the role of dopamine in associative learning in rats.  She became involved in the community through her work with the Baltimore Needle Exchange program and as a case manager at a free community health clinic. Hannah joined the MD-PhD program at Yale in the Summer of 2018 where she completed her first graduate school rotation through the START Program. She has since become heavily involved in the addiction medicine and psychiatry communities at Yale; she was part of the inaugural cohort of REACH (Recognizing and Eliminating disparities in Addiction through Culturally-informed Healthcare) Scholars and leads the medical school's branch of the Addiction Medicine Collaborative. She is highly involved in the MD-PhD program as a student council rep and through her work with admissions. Hannah will join Jess Cardin's lab in Fall of 2020 to complete her PhD in Neuroscience. Hannah enjoys baking, is a life-long cat lover, recently adopted two adorable pet rats, loves to travel, and is hoping to pick up her violin again one of these days.
    • Pasha received his B.A. in neuroscience with highest distinction from the University of Virginia where he studied thalamocortical circuits involved in absence epilepsy. Following his undergraduate training, he was a research associate at the Allen Institute for Brain Science where he described the patterns of connectivity and characterized synaptic physiological properties of mouse and human neocortical networks. At Yale, he will conduct his thesis work examining cellular and circuit effects of psychedelics.
    • Sarah was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended Ohio State University as an Eminence Fellow with a major in Neuroscience. While at OSU, she founded and ran the Theatre Arts Group, a program at a local high school in which she taught students about theatre and wrote and directed two plays with a team she ran. What started as her passion project has since expanded to multiple schools in Columbus, OH. In addition to theatre, Sarah has been interested in brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders since high school when she worked with children with autism at Camp Stepping Stones every summer. She then spent 5 years working on clinical trials and conducting translational and basic research on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and fragile X syndrome (FXS) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, OSU, and the UC Davis MIND Institute. After graduation, she worked at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for two years in Dr. Craig Erickson’s lab studying FXS before leaving the Midwest for Yale’s MD-PhD program in 2018. After two years of medical school, she is now a 6th year in the program and a PhD candidate in Dr. Ellen Hoffman’s lab, where she studies the roles of ASD-associated chromatin modifier genes in early brain development using zebrafish. She is the student director of the Wednesday Evening Clinic where she has served as a primary care provider for over 2 years to stay connected to clinical medicine while in graduate school. Additionally, she is co-chair of the MD-PhD student council, president of the Yale Salsa Society, a PASS mentor, and a Davenport graduate affiliate. When not in the lab or clinic, her hobbies include salsa dancing, biking for commute and fun, most forms of exercise and outdoor activities, spending quality time with friends, her partner, and dog, and building things at MakeHaven. Please note her email address as her name is not unique - there is an "e" in the middle or it will go to someone else!
    • Tyler is a seventh year MD/PhD student in the MSTP program and postdoctoral associate in the lab of Dr. Berna Sozen. He performed his PhD in the Genetics Department co-mentored by Dr. Siyuan Wang and Dr. Andrew Xiao (2020-2024). Tyler earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Northeastern University in 2017. During his undergraduate studies, he interned at Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals in 2014 working on tetracycline antibiotic development, and Epizyme Inc. in 2015, working on developing small molecule epigenetic inhibitors for molecularly defined cancers. In addition to his internships, Tyler worked in the lab of Dr. James Monaghan studying axolotls, working to understand the nervous system’s role in tissue regeneration. He is now studying chromatin biology during early embryonic development and helping build models of human embryogenesis. Tyler has been awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) F30 for his work on histone variants in human embryonic development through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). His recent work has identified the critical role of the histone H2A variant H2A.J in human trophoblast and embryonic progression. By understanding how the earliest stem cells organize their genome during development, we can identify governing principles of cell fate determination, and how to better help patients with recurrent pregnancy loss.
    • Sakura received her B.A. in anthropology and biology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2017. As an undergraduate, she pursued research projects on medical decision-making in Madagascar and brown adipose tissue in mice with normoglycemic obesity. After graduating, she studied applied biological anthropology at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge scholar. Her MPhil dissertation compared metabolic rates and fluctuating asymmetry in collegiate rowers. At Yale, Sakura is studying the impact of obesity on maternal and child health in Samoa. She is mentored by Dr. Richard Bribiescas and Dr. Nicola Hawley. Her dissertation project will examine the impact of obesity on female reproductive function in Samoa.
    • Prior to joining the Yale MSTP, Jordan completed her undergraduate studies at Emory University, conducting research under the mentorship of Dr. David Weiss on heterogeneity of resistance phenotypes within populations of multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens. A classical microbiologist by training, her interest in host-microbe interactions led Jordan to affiliate with the Department of Immunobiology to pursue her PhD in the lab of Noah Palm, studying gut microbiota and their impacts on human health and disease, taking particular interest in the microbiota-gut-brain axis. Outside of the lab, Jordan enjoys caring for her two wonderful dogs (a young, boisterous English Springer Spaniel named Finnigan and an elderly, shy Pug-Beagle mix named Goose) and playing board games with friends (Gloomhaven and Pandemic Legacy are her current favorites).
    • Anchi grew up in Fremont, CA. For college, she studied biomedical engineering at Duke study and became interested in understanding the way environmental factors can influence human health. She spent most of her summers in Dr. Lawrence David's lab tracing the evolution of the ubiquitous enzyme beta-galactosidase from bacteria to animals and working to understand this metabolic enzyme's function across multiple forms of life and how that can inform our understanding of prokaryote-eukaryote interactions. She spent one gap year at the NIH in Bethesda, MD as part of their their postbac IRTA program under Dr. Thomas Markello in the Undiagnosed Diseases Program. While at the NIH, she helped develop a computational program capable of detecting variants in UDP patients' genomes that are likely candidates in causing their respective conditions. For her thesis, she is Dr. Noah Palm's lab in the Immunobiology department, studying the microbiome (TBD). Since coming to Yale, she has been involved in the HAVEN Free Clinic, the Ultrasounds Acapella group, the MD/PhD Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and the Volunteering in Pediatrics program. She has also been a part of the leadership of the Pediatrics Interest Group, Music in Medicine, and Palliative Care Scholars. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and hiking.
    • I was born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up in Connecticut and Massachusetts. In high school, I developed a passion for understanding the etiology of diseases as well as for applying computational tools to solve biological questions. I continued to explore these interests in my coursework in Statistics and Data Science and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at Yale College as well as in my wonderful research experiences. I am currently interested in pursuing a Ph.D. that focuses on discovering underlying causes for idiopathic diseases.Outside of school, I am passionate about advocating for women in STEM and medicine and serve as a co-leader for Women in Medicine. I also enjoy being a JCTM for HAVEN, reading, cooking, board gaming, and staying active (swimming, rowing, and hiking).
    • Sisi was born in Guangzhou, China, immigrated to the United States when she was two, and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She attended New York University where she majored in Biochemistry and minored in Math and Psychology. During her time, she was involved in the chemistry department and served as a peer tutor for general chemistry and biochemistry. She worked in Professor Nathaniel Trasseth's lab studying pathological mutations in the kinase domain of FGF receptors, using solution state NMR techniques to probe and characterize how these mutations allosterically lead to aberrant kinase activation. After graduation, she continued to work on this project and started work towards an NMR solution structure of Grb2, a downstream FGFR kinase substrate. At Yale, she is involved in MD/PhD and MD admissions, Graduate Student Assembly, Medical Student Council (currently serving as a Class Representative and previously as President), BioMed Amgen Scholars Anatomy Program, Yale School of Mileage (the YSM run club), and Ultrasounds (the YSM acapella group). She has also served as the iPro Student Director and the LCME Student Liason. Research wise, she is interested in the intersection between chemical and structural biology, specifically structure guided drug design. She is completing her PhD in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology in Professor Craig Crews' lab using targeted protein degradation technology to expand the druggable proteome. In her free time, she likes to bake and cook, run, bike, hike, and travel.
  • 2017 Entering Class

    • Born in NYC, I (he/him) have lived up and down the East Coast including nearby Branford for elementary school. I graduated from Cornell in 2015 where I pursued a degree in Biological Sciences concentrating in neurobiology/behavior. There I worked in the lab of David Smith studying the activity of hippocampus during memory retrieval and interference. I then spent 2 years at the NIH before coming here working in the lab of Chris McBain studying corelease of GABA and glutamate in VGluT3+ CCK interneurons in hippocampus. Currently I am a graduate student in the lab of Jess Cardin. Clinically I am interested in psychiatry, neurology, and pediatrics. Scientifically, I am generally interested in neuroscience from genes to behavior. Specifically I'm interested in the development and function of the various classes of cells in cortical circuits and their role in shaping information in the context of different behavioral states. In my spare time I play the piano, paddle on the Sound with Manu'iwa Outrigger in Milford, volunteer as a CASA, visit family, and read as many books as I can.
    • Elsie graduated from the University of California - Riverside with a B.S. in Biochemistry. As an undergraduate she studied gene regulation with an emphasis on the transcriptional regulation of cell growth, differentiation, and cancer initiation under the mentorship of Dr. Ernest Martinez. After graduating, she spent two years at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine studying brown adipose tissue physiology and the role of macrophage fatty acid oxidation in obesity under the guidance of Dr. Michael J. Wolfgang. Elsie joined the MD/PhD program at the Yale School of Medicine in 2017 and the laboratory of Dr. Vishwa D. Dixit in the Department of Immunology in 2019. She is interested in exploring neuro-immune interactions outside of the central nervous system and in broadly understanding how these interactions might regulate behavior, metabolism, inflammation, and defense against pathogens. At Yale, she has served on the HAVEN Free Clinic leadership board, SNMA/LMSA executive board, and sits on the Committee for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice (CDISJ). Elsie was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. In her spare time she enjoys reading, art museums, photography, and rock climbing.
    • My research focuses on translational studies of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa with an emphasis on parasite dynamics and treatment pharmacology and how these impact the emergence and spread of drug resistance. I currently work as an MD/PhD student in the Parikh Lab in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. My previous research at the University of Texas at Dallas focused on altered cellular metabolism in cancer and other pathological conditions. I was previously enlisted as a cavalry scout in the US Army and deployed twice in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Afterwards I earned a BS in Biology and a MS in Biotechnology at UTD before joining the MD/PhD program at the Yale School of Medicine in 2017.
    • Dan Li (also known as Dan-Dan Li) graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts with high honors in Chemical and Physical Biology and a minor in Mathematical Sciences in 2015. She is currently a fifth year MD/PhD candidate doing her PhD study in Former Dean Sten Vermund’s lab on the impact of COVID-19 on women and children. As an aspiring OB, Dan holds issues affecting women and children’s lives close to heart. She is the founder and CEO of Education without Barriers, a 501c(3) nonprofit aims to bridge the education accessibility gaps through free, real-time online education and mentorship for vulnerable children across the globe.
    • MD/PhD Student, Therapeutic Radiology

      A native of Kansas City, Anna graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. She joined the MD/PhD program at the Yale School of Medicine in 2017. Currently, Anna is conducting her graduate thesis work in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, where she is focused on in utero delivery of polymeric nanoparticles for fetal gene therapy. Anna’s clinical interests include adolescent gynecology, neonatal medicine, and fetal therapy.
    • Born and raised in West Orange, NJ, I completed my undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis (2009-2013). Following college, I pursued training in human brain imaging at the University of Texas at Dallas (2013-2017). I now work in the lab of Alex Kwan studying how rapid-acting antidepressants work and ways to individualize antidepressant treatment. In my spare time I can be found hanging out in the mountains, making music, experimenting in the kitchen, or trying something new.
    • MD, PhD Student, Neuroscience

      Elizabeth is an MD/PhD student from a suburb of Chicago, IL. She attended the University of Chicago where she received a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Biology. She joined the Thinakaran lab, a neurobiology lab, where she studied the role of Rab35 GTPase in modulating APP processing in Alzheimer's Disease in a cellular model. Currently, she is co-mentored by Drs. Amy Arnsten and Lauren Sansing and is studying how neuronal calcium dysregulation contributes to the region-specific vulnerabilities seen in Alzheimer’s Disease. Outside of the lab, she is interested in policy surrounding drug pricing and end-of-life care as well as teaching point of care ultrasound to medical students. She is an avid learner of foreign languages and loves to travel to learn about new cultures. She is also part of the Citations (Yale Graduate and Professional Student A Capella), has served as MSC president (2017-2018), Yale Health Professions Christian Fellowship, and loves desserts & all things Broadway.
  • 2016 Entering Class

    • Emmanuella Asabor is a joint MD-PhD Candidate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Yale University Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar for her research and advocacy at the intersection of social medicine, epidemiology, and global health policy. Emmanuella has been invited to speak nationally and internationally including a broadcasted sit-down with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2022 Forbes International Women’s Day 30/50 Summit in Abu Dhabi as well as a plenary panel at the 2023 National Tuberculosis Conference in Atlanta, GA. Her scholarship has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Vanity Fair, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and more. She also serves on the External Research Advisory Committee at the American Medical Association Center for Health Equity. Prior to Yale, Emmanuella shaped homelessness policy at the New York State Department of Health, and developed public-private partnerships for global health aid at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria in Geneva, Switzerland. She earned her bachelor’s at Harvard University where she studied the history of medicine and global health, and she holds a master’s in African Studies from the University of Cambridge. In her spare time, she enjoys travel with loved ones, making traditional Nigerian food and reading Nigerian literature, K-dramas, and occasionally re-living her opera-singing past.
    • Andrew (Drew) Daniels is an MD/PhD student at Yale School of Medicine. Prior to attending medical school Drew graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Neuroscience. There, he completed research in both immunology, studying the systemic immunosuppression associated with brain tumors; and neuroscience, studying the neural circuitry underlying higher order visual processing using advanced imaging techniques. During medical school Dr. Daniels built on his passion for immunology and immuno-oncology and earned his PhD under the co-mentorship of Dr. Marcus Bosenberg and Dr. Akiko Iwasaki. His thesis research focused on anti-tumor immunologic memory responses. He investigated critical T cell subsets for memory responses, transcriptional and epigenetic changes that defined these cells, therapeutic strategies to enhance this population, and adoptive cell therapy as a potential treatment modality. Dr. Daniels maintains a broad interest in tumor immunology and strategies to enhance long-term anti-tumor responses. His clinical interest include head and neck cancers, immunotherapies in these settings, and adoptive cell therapies, and he is applying to otolaryngology residency programs this year.
    • Sam Olyha is an MD/PhD student in the lab of Dr. Carrie Lucas. Her graduate work explores the role of transcription factor ELF4 in regulating the poising of CD4+ T cells towards an inflammatory state.
  • 2015 Entering Class

    • Originally from Las Cruces, NM, Danielle earned her BA in Biology at New Mexico State University in 2015 before starting at Yale to pursue her MD-PhD later that year. In 2017, she began her PhD in Genetics and joined the laboratory of Dr. Murat Gunel, where she is focusing on employing various single-cell and next generation sequencing technologies to understand the molecular basis of meningioma tumorigenesis and microenvironment. After completing her joint degrees, Danielle hopes to go on to train in neurosurgery, where she aspires to emulate her mentors in becoming an active neurosurgeon-scientist. Danielle is an active member of the Yale community and is dedicated to mentorship and encouraging others to pursue the surgeon-scientist training. She is a co-founder of the Yale Neurosurgery Interest Group, the Cushing Society and has served as a member of Diversity and Inclusion Committees of the MD-PhD program (past) and Yale Neurosurgery Department (present), as well as on the MD Admissions committee. She is a Graduate Affiliate of Berkeley College, where she serves as a mentor to Yale College students and enjoys teaching Human Anatomy as a TA and tutoring students in biology and chemistry as a private tutor.
  • 2013 Entering Class