Team

jessJessica Schmerler
Co-Editor-in-Chief
Jonathan Edwards 2017
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology (Intensive; Neurobiology)

Jessica Schmerler is a Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology (Neurobiology Track) intensive major from New York, NY. She is a Yale Journalism Scholar and contributes to numerous on-campus science magazines including the Yale Scientific Magazine and the Yale Journal of Medicine & Law. She is also a freelance writer for Scientific American MIND magazine, where she has written articles on an array of topics from the morality of honesty to interneuron transplants to cure blindness. Two years ago, Jessica worked in a legal aid office for victims of domestic violence and international victims of human trafficking as well as at a non-profit focused on medical tourism. She has also conducted research in reproductive immunology as well as cardiology, and currently works in a lab for spinal cord injury. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys reading French novels, designing multimedia content with Photoshop, and figure skating.

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10634051_10204906806043824_272748605893805815_oKai DeBus
Co-Editor-in-Chief
Saybrook 2018
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Kai DeBus is an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major from Burke, Virginia. He is interested in practicing pediatric medicine in developing nations, especially after taking part in Global Brigade’s medical service trip to Panama over spring break. At Yale, his activities include shadowing at the Yale-New Haven Hospital, serving as a Community Outreach Director for Yale UNICEF, and participating as an Operations Committee member of Camp Kesem. As a Richard U. Light Fellow, he also studied Japanese in Tokyo during the summer of 2015. In his spare time, Kai enjoys both napping on hammocks and strolling around Yale’s beautiful campus with a camera in hand.

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Cassandra LignelliCassandra Lignelli
Senior Editor
Davenport 2018
Anthropology

Cassie is a Davenport junior, and is excited to see what 2016-17 has in store for the Global Health Review. As the Political Action Coordinator at the Women’s Center, she advocates for women’s rights and for inclusivity for people of all genders and sexualities. Cassie is particularly interested in Anthropological perspectives on women’s health topics worldwide, and hopes to expand the scope of women’s issues in the Review. Particular areas of interest include birth control access in conservative Mexican communities, the growing international market for surrogacy, and North American childbirth birth practices. A proud Pittsburgh native, Cassie enjoys bike rides with her family and faithfully follows the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Lauren McNeelLauren McNeel
Senior Editor
Timothy Dwight 2018
English, and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Lauren McNeel, a junior in Timothy Dwight College, is a double major in English and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, where she developed a consciousness for the health of the planet and the balance between people and the environment. She has worked on wildlife restoration projects and has also traveled to Nicaragua and Costa Rica to do medical volunteer work. Lauren hopes to combine an understanding of biology with writing and activism so that she can advocate for health issues and inspire change. She currently interns for the public interest group ConnPIRG, where she dedicates time to raising awareness of the spread of antibiotic resistance. On campus Lauren is also involved with the Yale Symphony Orchestra and the Yale Irish Dancers.

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Ohvia MuraleetharanOhvia Muraleetharan
Senior Editor
Pierson 2018
Biomedical Engineering

Born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma, Ohvia Muraleetharan is a junior in Pierson College who is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. After discovering the field of global health as a freshman, she became interested in both the development of new healthcare technologies and the study of the implications of their use in middle- and low-income countries. In addition to biomedical technology, she hopes to learn about all facets of global health, including ethics, history, and policy implementation. As the daughter of two Sri Lankan immigrants, Ohvia is particularly interested in health inequities within South Asia. This summer, she hopes to conduct public health research in India. Her other campus activities include serving as a co-president of Engineers Without Borders and singing with her a cappella group, Mixed Company of Yale.

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Rebecca SlutskyRebecca Slutsky
Senior Editor
Silliman 2018
Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology / Pre-Med

Rebecca is a junior in Silliman from Westchester, New York. She is premed and majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Rebecca’s interest in global health began after volunteering in an orphanage in Costa Rica. She is particularly interested in maternal and fetal/neonatal medicine and how this specific area can be improved globally. Outside of YGHR, Rebecca is the head of curriculum for CityStep Yale and a volunteer at the downtown evening soup kitchen. In her free time, she likes to dance, travel, and frequent Canditopia. This summer she will be working in a hospital in Argentina.

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Anabel StarostaAnabel Starosta
Associate Editor
Morse 2017
History of Science, Medicine and Public Health

Anabel Starosta is a pre-med student majoring in History of Science, Medicine and Public Health. She doesn’t know what type of doctor she wants to be, but she also hopes to work in global health. She is from South Florida and her parents are from Mexico and Venezuela, making her specifically interested in health inequities and maternal and neonatal health in Latin America. In her free time, she likes to paint, dance, and travel.

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Hannah KrystalHannah Krystal
Associate Editor
Ezra Stiles 2017
Literature

Hannah Krystal spent her formative years in a sleepy suburb of New Haven called Woodbridge, then traveled far, far away to New Haven for her college experience. As a member of the FlexMed Program, Hannah has been accepted to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She hopes to take a gap year before entering medical school, and in the meantime indulges in her love of reading through the Intensive Literature major. Hannah travelled to Bolivia for six weeks with the Child Family Health International Organization last summer, and currently volunteers at the CT Hospice in Branford. These experiences, combined with her work in the Glazer Laboratory and the Yale Global Health Review, have helped her prepare to become a doctor, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, Holocaust survivor Dr. Henry Krystal.

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untitled-1Minh Vu
Associate Editor
Silliman 2020
English; Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

An iced-coffee addict, reality TV diehard, and part-time ninja, Minh Vu is a freshman in Silliman College hailing from the little quaint town of Absecon, New Jersey. He is currently enrolled in the Directed Studies humanities sequence and plans to pursue English and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology as his majors. His interest for global health stems from researching climate change and its psychosocial/physiological consequences for children of the developing world through an anthropological and sociological lens. Minh spends the rest of his time in singing with his a capella group, planning events with the Freshman Class Council, and laying in the breezy autumn grass.

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untitled-1Sarah Householder
Associate Editor
Berkeley 2018
Modern Middle Eastern Studies

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Holly RobinsonHolly Robinson
Senior Online Editor / Staff Writer
Branford 2017
Russian and Anthropology

Holly is a senior double majoring in Russian Literature and anthropology. She is also a part of the 5 Year BA/MPH program at the Yale School of Public Health, concentrating in social and behavioral sciences. Holly is particularly interested in maternal, child, and reproductive health, as well as the intersection of culture and health. In Summer 2015, she worked in collaboration with the University of Sao Paulo and the Yale School of Nursing on developing maternal health programs in Brazil. Since this internship, she has continued work with Minding the Baby, a New Haven based home visiting program for mothers. In Summer 2016, she worked at the Peer Health Exchange in Chicago, focusing on adolescent health and non-profit management. Elsewhere on campus, Holly works as a reading tutor and coordinator for New Haven Reads!

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Al NuraniAl Nurani
Online Editor
Trumbull 2017
Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry

Al Nurani is a senior in Trumbull College from Miami, Florida majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Al has always been interested in the intersection of social justice and health, and became interested in global health after completing coursework in the field. Outside of the Yale Global Health Review, Al is a lighting designer for various theatrical and dance shows, works for the Yale Student Technology Collaborative, and serves as President of Trumbull College Council. Al also speaks Spanish.

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Carlin SheridanCarlin Sheridan
Online Editor
Trumbull 2018
History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health Major / Pre-Med

Carlin is currently a pre-med History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health Major in Trumbull College ’18. An introductory class during my freshman fall first piqued her interest in Global Health, and she is particularly interested in the overlap of health and disability advocacy. Beyond the Global Health review, she is involved with Students for Autism Awareness at Yale, Best Buddies, and Community Health Educators.

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devyaniDevyani Aggarwal
Online Editor
Jonathan Edwards 2018
History

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Dhiksha Balaji Dhiksha Balaji
Online Editor / Copy Editor
Davenport 2018
Undeclared / Pre-Med

Dhiksha Balaji is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. She is a premedical student who is interested in the humanities. On campus, she is involved with Seneca International, an international women’s rights advocacy group and the Living History Project. She is also part of the Leadership Institute. She is interested particularly in health in India, where she first became interested in public hygiene while volunteering in a slum of Chennai. Dhiksha also loves singing with her a cappella group.

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annabelleAnnabelle Pan
Copy Editor
Berkeley 2020
Undeclared

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katarinaKatarina Wang
Copy Editor
Timothy Dwight 2020
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Katarina Wang is a freshman in Timothy Dwight College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Her interest in public health began in middle school, when she found herself competing in a Science Olympiad epidemiology event called Disease Detectives. She is particularly interested in infectious diseases and maternal health in developing countries. At Yale, Katarina plays clarinet in the Saybrook College Orchestra and plans to get involved in community service.

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kristaKrista Chen
Copy Editor
Trumbull 2020
Biomedical Engineering

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Krista is a freshman in Trumbull College pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Although she is unsure whether she will go on to become an engineer or physician, health and medicine have always been strong passions for her. During her time here at Yale, she hopes to become more knowledgeable about and more involved in the healthcare systems around the world through volunteer work and medical brigades. Outside of the Global Health Review, she is also interested in music, art, and travel and enjoys staying active.
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Holly ZhouHolly Zhou
Production & Design Team
Silliman 2018
Biomedical Engineering

Originally from Southern California, Holly is a junior in Silliman College who is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. On campus, she is the co-president of Engineers Without Borders, which primarily works on improving the water distribution system in Cameroon. She is also developing a model for the effect of biomechanical sensors on cardiac sarcomerogenesis. After graduation and graduate school, she hopes to continue volunteer work abroad and pursue a career in computational biology. In her spare time, she enjoys reading poetry, photography, and going to art museums.

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Maheen ZakariaMaheen Zakaria
Production & Design Team
Ezra Stiles 2017
Chemistry

Maheen Zakaria is from Pakistan and pursuing a major in Chemistry. In high school, Maheen headed the volunteer program at Darul Sukun, which is an institution for mentally challenged individuals, and organized fundraisers. She has volunteered with the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation that offers free medical services to all patients, taught at The Citizens Foundation that provides free education to children in rural areas of Pakistan, and worked as a polio worker for the Rotary Club of Karachi. Her involvement in these activities stems from her strong belief of giving back to society. Accordingly, she volunteers with the Hypertension Awareness and Prevention Program (HAPPY) at Yale and keepSAFE, a project of YHHAP. Additionally, she tutors high school kids at the New Haven Public Library. She is also really interested in drug synthesis, and did research in a computational chemistry lab to understand how anti-cancer drugs are designed. Currently, she is working at the Yale School of Medicine on inhibitors of STEP, which has been implicated with several neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s. She is also the founder of a project in Karachi called ‘Off the Streets’, which aims at curbing child labor and tackling the problem of illiteracy by getting street children off the streets and in schools. In the future, she wants to return to Pakistan and join the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Education to help the people of her country.

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Akhil UpnejaAkhil Upneja
Staff Writer
Morse 2017
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Akhil Upneja is a junior in Morse College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  After writing a paper in his English 114 class on the efficacy of the Indian healthcare system, he developed a strong desire to learn about how healthcare is delivered around the world, leading him to the Staff Writer position of the Yale Global Health Review.  Hailing from the university town of State College, Pennsylvania, Akhil hopes to pursue a medical degree in the future and use these valuable skills to deliver the basic need of health that every human on the planet deserves.  Apart from YGHR, Akhil directs the South Asian a cappella group Sur et Veritaal, volunteers for the HAVEN Free Clinic and the Hypertension Awareness Prevention Program at Yale (HAPPY), and conducts epigenetics research at the Yale School of Medicine under Professor Qin Yan.  In his free time, Akhil enjoys playing IM basketball and table tennis, eating unhealthy amounts of rice and Morse pizza, and hanging out with friends.

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emmaEmma Phelps
Staff Writer
Calhoun 2019
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology / Ethnicity, Race and Migration

Emma Phelps is an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Ethnicity, Race and Migration major who has lived in rural Nottinghamshire, England since the age of twelve. After taking a class on race, class and health inequality freshman year, she became interested in the social and environmental factors that affect the health of communities. Particular interests include the health effects of exposure to pollutants and other topics in environmental public health. She is a Climate Change and Health Initiative (CCHI) student associate. Apart from YGHR, Emma is part of Fossil Free Yale and tutors children at New Haven Reads.

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matthewMatthew Pettus
Staff Writer
Saybrook 2020
Cognitive Science

Matthew Pettus is a freshman in Saybrook, who hails from Richmond, Virginia. He is a prospective Cognitive Science major on the pre-med track. He is interested in the intersection of global health, medicine, and public policy, and is on the pre-med track. Previously, he has done microbiology research and interned at a global health nonprofit, and hopes to study abroad this summer. In addition, he is currently serving as the Vice Chair for YMUN’s World Health Organization, is involved with the Public Health Coalition, and volunteers at the Equity Research and Innovation Center. Outside of this, he enjoys playing piano and singing with his a cappella group, the Baker’s Dozen.

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nealieNealie Ngo
Staff Writer
Saybrook 2018
History of Science, Medicine & Public Health

Nealie Ngo, a native from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is majoring in the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health with a concentration in Media, Knowledge, and Visual Cultures. Nealie first got exposed to global health at a very young age through her aunt’s nonprofit for children, and ever since then, she has wanted to do something involving children and health. Last summer, Nealie interned as a Yale-China Community Service Exchange Intern working in the field of mental health at nonprofits in both New Haven and Hong Kong. When not writing for YGHR, Nealie can be found on campus being involved with Yale UNICEF, training on the Wushu & Martial Arts Team, and serving as a Chaplain’s Office Peer Liaison. She also volunteers regularly at Yale-New Haven Hospital as an Arts-for-Healing Art Leader.

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