Team

Katarina Wang
Co-Editor-in-Chief
Timothy Dwight 2020
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology 

Katarina Wang is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She is particularly interested in infectious diseases and maternal health in developing countries and she is an aspiring physician. In her free time, Katarina loves to hang out with friends, play clarinet in DPops, and volunteer with the Hypertension Awareness and Prevention Program at Yale (HAPPY). She’s so excited for another year with YGHR!

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Nancy Lu
Co-Editor-in-Chief
Pauli Murray 2020
Mathematics

Nancy is a sophomore from Pittsburgh interested in a career in either medicine or global health. In her free time, she likes to run, hike, and play the piano. She also secretly loves doing long, hard math problems and then seeing if she can apply them to the real world (usually not). This is the most she has ever written about herself in 3rd person.

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Cassandra Lignelli 
Senior Editor

Davenport 2018
Anthropology

Cassandra Lignelli is a senior from Pittsburgh in Davenport College majoring in Medical Anthropology. She is also in the Global Health Studies program. Her academic interests lie at the intersection of health, gender, and politics. Cassie served as an Associate Editor of the Yale Global Health Review during the 2015-16 school year, and has served as a Senior Editor since Fall 2016. Cassie enjoys singing in the Yale Gospel Choir, leading Harvest trips, and performing as the Bulldog mascot at Yale sporting events. Contact Cassie at cassandra.lignelli@yale.edu.

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Colin Hemez
Senior Editor
Ezra Stiles 2018
Biomedical Engineering and Art History

Colin (ES ’18) is a senior from Los Alamos, New Mexico majoring in biomedical engineering and art history. His interests in global health include drug development, antibiotic resistance, and infectious diseases.

Eli Rami
Senior Editor
Pauli Murray 2019
History

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Krista Chen
Senior Editor
Trumbull 2020
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Krista is a sophomore in Trumbull College majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. 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. Outside of the Global Health Review, she is also interested in music, art, and travel and enjoys staying active.
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Rebecca Slutsky
Senior Editor
Silliman 2018
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology / Pre-Med

Rebecca is a senior 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 Co-President of CityStep Yale and a volunteer at HAVEN Free Clinic. She also conducts research at the Yale School of Medicine in Dr. Hugh Taylor’s lab. This past summer Rebecca had an amazing and eye-opening experience traveling to Argentina with Child Family Health International. In her free time, she likes to dance, travel, and frequent Canditopia. 

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Sarah Householder
Senior Editor
Berkeley 2018
Modern Middle Eastern Studies

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Annabelle Pan
Associate Editor
Ezra Stiles 2020
Environmental Engineering / Pre-med

Hi I’m Annabelle! I’m from Columbus, Ohio, and I enjoy the stillness of pottery, the freedom of backpacking, and the drama of writing in first person. I am premed, pursuing a BS in Environmental Engineering, and interested in reducing health inequality, particularly in terms of increasing access to proper nutrition in both the developing and developed world. I work in the De Lartigue lab studying the gut-brain relationship’s role in diabetes, a disease that kills over 3 million people each year, 80% of whom live in developing countries. I am also the Health Team Lead of Engineers Without Borders, for which I recently returned from an assessment trip to a village in Tanzania called Naitolia to determine how our club can best contribute to improving its water security. In the future, I hope to do something to help implement policies to greatly reduce the number of unnecessary diseases and deaths that occur every year. Outside of health-related activities, I coach debate/am co-Tournament Director of the Urban Debate League, peer tutor Comprehensive University Chemistry, and regularly use Branford’s awesome pottery studio.

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Drew Gupta
Associate Editor
Branford 2020
Neuroscience

Dhruva (Drew) Gupta is a sophomore in Branford College who plans to major in Neuroscience. Originating from Charleston, WV, Drew understands the importance of resolving health disparities among disadvantaged populations – not only in the United States but also across the globe. In addition to his role as Associate Editor for the Yale Global Health Review, Drew is also Senior Editor for the Yale Undergraduate Journal of Economics and Politics and Managing Editor for the Journal of Law and Medicine. Aside from student publications, Drew also serves as Co-President of Yale Global Medical Brigades, an on-campus global health organization that provides medical outreach to rural South American communities. His past research experiences include risk communication, emergency preparedness, and neurogenesis in Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, he works at the Yale Department of Neurology in a clinical epilepsy lab.

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Jillian Eckroate
Associate Editor
Branford 2019
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology / Pre-med

Jillian is a junior from Canton, Ohio majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology while also following the pre-med track. Jillian is particularly interested in maternal and reproductive health, health policy, and global health systems reform. In summer 2016, she was a member of the Nicaragua Student Partnerships for Global Health team and conducted a mixed-methods sexual health study in Leon, Nicaragua that explored how social media usage and sexting affected risky sexual health behaviors in young adults. Jillian is currently working with her team to analyze the data from this project as well as serving as an undergraduate research assistant at a cancer biology lab at the medical school and a clinical research assistant at the Yale Cancer Center. She is also one of the group heads of Community Health Educators and a member of Alpha Phi.
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Minh Vu
Associate Editor
Silliman 2020
English and American Studies

Minh Vu (SM ’20) is a second-year English and American Studies major hailing from the quaint town of Absecon, New Jersey. On campus, he is an Associate Editor for the YGHR; sings for the all-gender a capella group, Out of the Blue; works in the Mental Health & Wellness pod at the AACC; and volunteers at a literacy program, New Haven Reads. In his free time, he loves roaming coffee shops of New Haven, freelance writing, and wears mismatched shoes.
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Sarah Spaulding
Associate Editor
Jonathan Edwards 2018
Environmental Engineering and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Sarah hails from Wilmington, North Carolina and is a senior in Jonathan Edwards College. As a pre-med double major in Environmental Engineering and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, she is interested in the intersection of health and the environment within the global health sphere. Outside of YGHR, she serves as a senior interviewer for the Yale Admissions Office, teaches dance classes in the pediatric psychiatric unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and is a counselor for Camp Kesem. On campus, you can usually find her looking for Handsome Dan or eating her way through New Haven’s restaurants searching for the city’s best mac and cheese.

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Carlin Sheridan
Online Editor
Trumbull 2018
History of Science, Medicine & Public Health / Pre-med

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Matthew Pettus
Online Editor
Saybrook 2020
Psychology (Neuroscience)

Matthew is a sophomore in Saybrook, from Richmond, Virginia who is pre-med, and hopes to pursue a dual MD/MPH. He’s very interested in the social and psychological determinants of global and public health, through the lenses of social cognition, decision making, and behavioral neuroscience. Outside of medicine and healthcare, Matthew enjoys singing with his a cappella group and performing in shows around campus.
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Cathy Xue
Webmaster
Silliman 2019
Computer Science & Mathematics

Cathy, a Maryland native, is a junior in Silliman majoring in Computer Science & Mathematics. Her primary research interest is statistical methods development for public health, and specifically hopes to work on combating substance abuse at both the individual and community level. She currently works with C2S2 at the Yale School of Public Health and is developing a package for identifying subgroup interactions from clinical trial data. On campus, Cathy is also an active member of the Yale Ballroom Dance Team, Yale Student Academic Competitions, and Collegium Musicum, and can usually be found drinking copious amounts of tea.

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Debbie Dada
Copy Editor / Staff Writer
Pierson 2021
Global Affairs / Pre-med

Debbie Dada is currently an undergraduate student at Yale University pursuing a BA in Global Affairs. She recently graduated from Weston Collegiate Institute’s vigorous International Baccalaureate Program, where she excellently balanced her executive roles in the African Canadian Leadership Committee and Best Buddies Club while serving as the Youth Councillor of York South-Weston in the City Youth Council of Toronto for two years. Her passion and diligence have lead her to receive many accolades for her work in the community, including the Rotary Club of Toronto Youth Civic Leadership Award and the City Youth Champion Award. When she isn’t learning something new or getting involved with her community, Debbie’s interests include rugby, music and graphic design.
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Dhiksha Balaji
Copy Editor
Pauli Murray 2018
English / Pre-med

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Erica Lin
Copy Editor
Timothy Dwight 2021
Undecided

Erica is a first-year in Timothy Dwight who is interested in molecular biology and global health. She looks forward to exploring various biomedical opportunities in her next four years at Yale!
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Jessica Pevner
Copy Editor / Staff Writer
Jonathan Edwards 2021
Undecided

Jessica Pevner is a first-year in Jonathan Edwards College and is from Villanova, Pennsylvania. On campus, Jess writes for the Scientific magazine and is a member of WYBC, Yale’s radio station. While she has yet to declare a major, she particularly enjoys chemistry and writing. Her not-so-academic interests include running, cooking, listening to new music, and exploring new places. She hopes someday to shape public and global health policy.
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Max Ackerman
Copy Editor
Pauli Murray 2021
Environmental Studies

I am a first year in Pauli Murray college majoring in Environmental Studies. I first got interested in public health by competing in epidemiology competitions in high school. From competing, I gained an appreciation for disease patterns and population health. Also, in high school, I completed research on bioremediation of oil spills in Florida, since I was born and raised in Boynton Beach, Florida. As I learned about the chemicals that were in the oil, I discovered their adverse health effects on the local populations, which sparked my interest in environmental health. In the future, I plan on getting my MD/MPH and working in the field of environmental health. At Yale, I am also involved in First Years in Service and Community Health Educators.
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Mohamed Eltoum
Copy Editor / Production & Design Team
Ezra Stiles 2019
Neuroscience and Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology / Pre-med

Mohamed is an International student from Sudan, looking to major in Neuroscience and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Firmly set on the premed track and (hopefully) going to med school, he is really interested in healthcare systems and public service programs. Although Mohamed ultimately wants to work as a doctor back home, he hopes to first gain a better understanding of public and global health systems through volunteer work. When not conducting his independent research in the Horsley Lab (department of MCDB), Mohamed loves to play board games, practice all different kinds of sports (ping-pong, soccer, volleyball) and do ballroom dancing.
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Nathan Chang
Copy Editor
Morse 2021
Chemistry and Economics

Nathan Chang, from Orange, CT, is a first year in Morse planning to major in chemistry and economics. His interest in science and medicine piqued during the summer after his junior year of high school, when he worked in a lab at Yale Medical School studying breast cancer cell death. He is particularly interested in the intersection between health and business. Outside of the Yale Global Health Review, Nathan is a part of the club running team and the Chinese American Students Association, and during his free time, he likes playing the piano, reading, and cooking.
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Rohan Garg
Copy Editor / Staff Writer
Branford 2021
Undecided

Rohan Garg is a first-year in Branford College from Cleveland, Ohio. He first became interested in the field of global health in high school when he conducted research on malaria health policy. He is particularly drawn to the study of global health policy because of its interdisciplinary, holistic nature that requires a multifaceted approach. At Yale, he also plays for the Club Squash team and writes for the Yale Journal of Medicine and Law.
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Tomeka Frieson
Copy Editor / Staff Writer
Berkeley 2021 
History of Science, Medicine & Public Health and Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology / Pre-med

A lover of sports, nature, and all things panda, Tomeka Frieson is a current first-year in Berkeley College who was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. As a pre-med student with a prospective History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology double major, Tomeka hopes to explore the local, national, and global realities and nuances of infant, child, and adolescent healthcare on both biological and legislative scales. While observing first-hand the public health crises that inflicted her local and national communities contributed greatly to Tomeka’s interest in public health, it was truly her international travel to countries in various stages of human development that led her to look at issues from a global health standpoint. Outside of the Yale Global Health Review, Tomeka is very active in her community and is keenly interested in music, travel, art, and social service.

Ben Grobman
Staff Writer / Business Team
Saybrook 2021
History of Science, Medicine & Public Health

I am a prospective major in History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health, with a focus on medicine and public health. Prior to coming to Yale, I lived in Chicago my entire life. Outside of class, I play jazz piano in the Yale Jazz Ensemb​le and tutor students in the New Haven community through the Students of Salaam program. ​

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Eleanor Cook
Staff Writer
Pierson 2021
Undecided / Pre-med

Eleanor Cook is a first-year in Pierson College from Takoma Park, Maryland, just north of Washington, DC. A pre-med student, she was drawn to global health at a young age but became especially interested after working in a malaria lab, where she learned about the global health problem the disease poses and research being done to fight it. Outside of YGHR, Eleanor is a member of the Yale Women’s Club Soccer team and a college mentor with New Haven REACH. She is a broccoli enthusiast and loves watching old movies and listening to classic rock.

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Indira Flores
Staff Writer
Grace Hopper 2021
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

A​​ pre-med​​ with ​​hopes ​​of ​​eventually ​​becoming​​ a ​​surgeon,​ ​Indira​​ Flores ​​is ​​a ​​first-year​​ in ​​Grace Hopper​​ College​ ​with ​​a ​​potential​​ major ​​in​​ Molecular, ​​Cellular, ​​and​ ​Developmental​​ Biology. ​​She has ​​worked ​​in ​​a​​ clinical​ ​research​​ group​​ with ​​an ​​emphasis ​​on ​​carrying​ ​out ​​cardiologic​ ​medical trials​​ and​​ is ​​interested ​​in ​​uncovering ​​some ​​of ​​the​​ issues ​​surrounding​​ the ​​pharmaceutical industry.​​ She ​​is​​ also​​ interested ​​in​​ advocating​​ for ​​communities​​ facing​​ health​​ crises ​​worldwide related ​​to​​ disease​​ and ​​lack​​ of ​​resources.​​ Outside ​​of ​​the​​ realm​​ of​​ global​​ health,​​ Indira ​​enjoys dancing,​​ playing ​​the ​​violin,​​ and​​ eating​​ chocolatey​​ snacks.​​ She ​​also ​​loves ​​working ​​with ​​children and ​​is​​ a​​ volunteer​​ student ​​instructor ​​for​​ MedSci.

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Jenesis Duran
Staff Writer / Business Team
Davenport 2021
History of Science, Medicine & Public Health and Neuroscience

Jenesis Duran is a freshman in Davenport College. Currently undecided, she plans on pursuing a double major in the History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health and Neuroscience. Jenesis was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she developed a deep interest in the intersections between medicine, law, and global health. These interests have translated into her life at Yale, where, in addition to YGHR, she is currently involved in the American Red Cross at Yale, HAPPY Program, and MedX. Jenesis enjoys traveling abroad to learn about different communities and cultures. Her travels have included visiting Switzerland as part of a science scholarship, journeying to Qatar to participate in an international telepresence debate, and going to China for a spring break language immersion trip. In the future, she hopes to become either a Neurosurgeon or Global Health Lawyer.


Kevin Sanaycela
Staff Writer / Business Team
Pauli Murray 2021
Undecided

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Kristi Wharton
Staff Writer
Branford 2020
History of Science, Medicine & Public Health / Pre-med

Kristi Wharton is a History of Science, Medicine and Public Health major on the pre-med track. She is from North Branford, CT, and on campus resides in Branford College. She is a member of the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team, Vice President of Lawyers Without Borders, and also participates in Boys’ and Girls’ Club. Kristi is interested in practicing medicine in developing nations, and spent much of the summer shadowing pediatric doctors of various specialties.

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Naeha Pathak
Staff Writer
Grace Hopper 2021
Undecided

 

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Rachel Jaber Chehayeb
Staff Writer 
Pauli Murray 2020
Undecided

Rachel is a sophomore in Pauli Murray from Lebanon.  On campus, Rachel is also serves as co-conference director for UNICEF, co-president of global brigade and is very involved with the Arab student association. Rachel is very excited to be a staff writer for YGHR and to share her passion for maternal and child health!


Tomi Sontan 
Staff Writer 
Morse 2019
Literature / Pre-med

Oluwatomisin Sontan is a junior in Morse, majoring in Literature. However, she is also pre-med and very interested in the relationship between law and medicine. She grew up in Maryland but has extended family all over the world. From Nigeria to Austria to Dubai, her family has been immersed in a variety of different cultures, and she loves this cultural intersection just as much as she loves her interdisciplinary work.When her head is not stuck in a book, she can also be found, honestly, watching Grey’s Anatomy on her laptop or scrolling through fashion blogs.
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Wes Day
Staff Writer
Branford 2021
Undecided / Pre-med

Wesley Day, of Staten Island, New York, is a first year in Branford College. He is on the pre-med track and undecided in major. Since he can no longer achieve his dream of becoming an astronaut and putting up a flag of his face on the sun due to NASA’s height limitations, he plans on developing his research skills, writing, and global awareness with the YGHR team instead. He intends to publicize the world’s major but lesser known public health crises and assist in combating them. He also has a fervent passion for learning about and discussing domestic health policies, and their impact on both health care providers and payers alike. He enjoys reporting for the Daily News, playing with the Water Polo Team, and munching on whatever edibles are in front of him at any given moment.

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Yasheen Gao
Staff Writer / Production & Design Team
Pauli Murray 2021
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

 

Born in China and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Yasheen is a first year in Pauli Murray College planning on pursuing a major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She is also interested in the areas of medicine and public health. During her time at Yale, she hopes to become more knowledgeable in these areas through her studies, extracurriculars, and community service. She is also on the Ballroom Dance Team and plays piano in the Yale Undergraduate Piano Collective.
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Diana Ruiz 
Production & Design Team
Ezra Stiles 2020
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

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Elizabeth Qian-Wang 
Production & Design Team
Pauli Murray 2021
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology and Economics

Originally from Dover, Massachusetts, a tiny suburb of Boston, Elizabeth Qian-Wang is a first-year in Pauli Murray potentially majoring in Economics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Elizabeth has been passionate about healthcare since she was little and hopes to raise awareness and promote discussion of current issues in global health with Yale Global Health Review. Previously, she has volunteered in the maternity ward of Newton-Wellesley Hospital in the Greater Boston area, where she trained new volunteers and learned about the inner workings of a major hospital. In her free time, she loves to play tennis, hike, oil paint, and hang out with friends!

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Marisa Peryer
Production & Design Team
Ezra Stiles 2021
Neuroscience / Pre-med

Marisa Peryer is an Ezra Stiles freshman pursuing premed neuroscience. Her background in psychiatry research sparked an interest in the intersection between mental and public health. Outside of YGHR, she enjoys cross-stitching, long boarding, and reading.
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Sunnie Liu
Production & Design Team
Morse 2021
Art and History of Science, Medicine & Public Health

Born in Suzhou, China but raised in Houston, Texas, Sunnie Liu is a first-year in Morse who is premed but plans on double majoring in Art and History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. After three of her relatives all passed away within the same year due to lung cancer despite not smoking, but rather most likely because of their lifelong exposure to air pollution caused by the factory next to their village, she became interested in public health, especially the negative consequences of pollution on public health. Outside of The Yale Global Health Review, Sunnie performs science demonstrations at elementary schools with Demos, teaches mental health to high schools with Community Health Educators, volunteers with First Years in Service, and gives tours at the Yale Center for British Art. In her free time, she enjoys reading (favorite authors include: Haruki Murakami, Aldous Huxley, and Margaret Atwood), listening to music of all genres, making art, trying new restaurants, and nerding out at museums.
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