Team

Debbie Dada
Editor-In-Chief
Pierson 2021
History of Science, Medicine & Public Health

 

Debbie Dada is currently an undergraduate student at Yale University pursuing a BA in the History of Science, Medicine and Public Health while in the Jackson Institute of Global Affairs Global Scholars Program. She aspires professionally to work in health system strengthening in West and Central Africa through implementation science. She has particular interest in the social determinants of health and strongly believes in the importance of education as a tool in improving health outcomes.

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Tomeka Freison
Editor-In-Chief
Berkeley 2021
History of Science, Medicine & Public Health and Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology 

 

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.

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Antalique Tran
Editor-In-Chief
Timothy Dwight 2021
Neuroscience

Antalique is a junior in Timothy Dwight College majoring in Neuroscience from the Orange County area in Southern California, from where she misses her consistently warm weather. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Global Health Review and is mainly involved with Production and Design. Outside of YGHR, she is a Lab Assistant in the Higley Lab at the Yale School of Medicine, an Undergraduate Learning Assistant (ULA) and ULA Coordinator for the S&DS 10X course, a Good Life Center Intern, a TD Art Studio Office Aide, an Elder Horizons volunteer at the Yale New Haven Hospital, and a writer/illustrator/layout designer for the Yale Scientific. Other club involvements include Health and Education Advocates for Refugees (HEAR) and Symposia, a Yale undergraduate research publication. During her (limited) free time, she enjoys digitally painting and petting many dogs.

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Yousra Omer
Director of Production & Design
Davenport 2022
Undeclared

Yousra Omer is  the Production and Design Directors for the Yale Global Health Review. Outside of YGHR, she is a group head for Community Health Educators, one of the Social Activity Chairs for the Davenport College Council, a Davenport College Aide, the Political Action Chair for the Muslim Students Association, and a member of the Sophomore Class Council. Between classes and extracurriculars, she enjoys spending time with friends, watching cheesy rom coms, and trying anything food related.

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Katarina Wang
Senior Advisor
Timothy Dwight 2020
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology 

Katarina Wang is a senior 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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Matthew Pettus
Staff Writer
Saybrook 2020
Psychology (Neuroscience)

Matthew is a senior in Saybrook college majoring in Neuroscience and on the pre-med track. On campus he works with the Peer Wellness Champions, the Public Health Coalition, and volunteers with Hypertension Awareness and Prevention Program at Yale (HAPPY). In his free time, you can catch him singing with the Baker’s Dozen a cappella group or on stage doing musical theatre. This is his fourth and final year with YGHR, and he looks forward to writing about global health, public health, and health policy for the rest of the year!


Erica Lin
Senior Editor
Timothy Dwight 2021
Undecided

 

Erica is a junior in TD who hails from San Jose, California. She has edited for YGHR since her first year. On the science side of things, she studies IgE biogenesis and allergy in the Medzhitov Lab. On campus, you might also find her cooking night market snacks for Taiwanese American Society, working on projects with HAPPY and Dwight Hall ExComm, or jamming away in TD Orchestra.

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Max Ackerman
Senior 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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Ben Grobman
Staff Writer
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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Jenesis Duran
Staff Writer
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.

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Kelly Farley
Senior Editor & Staff Writer
Morse 2022
Chemistry

Kelly Farley is a sophomore in Morse College originally from downtown Chicago. Though her interest in healthcare was originally sparked by curiosity about how the human body functions, YGHR reminds her that healthcare is really about caring. Outside of YGHR, Kelly spends her time teaching science in bilingual classrooms through Demos, leading dance classes for children at Yale-New Haven Hospital through Peristalsis, and collecting stories at a homeless shelter through Elm City Echo. She can usually be found walking up and down (and up and down) science hill.

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Vanessa Blas
Senior Editor & Staff Writer
Morse 2022
Anthropology

 

Vanessa is a sophomore in TD and is an Anthropology major. Besides writing for the YGHR, Vanessa is on the YMPO Board, serves as the VP for the medical outreach organization VAW, volunteers at HAVEN as a Spanish interpreter, and does infectious disease research at the School of Medicine. Outside of class and extracurriculars, Vanessa loves to run, bake Pinterest recipes, play piano, and binge-watch new shows (her current obsession is The Good Place).

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Lena Goldstein
Senior Editor & Staff Writer
Morse 2022
Anthropology

Lena Goldstein is a sophomore in Silliman College from Annapolis, Maryland. She is on the pre-med track and is majoring in anthropology. In addition to writing for the YGHR, Lena is a member of the Yale Glee Club, Opera Theater of Yale College, and Yale Helix Incubator.

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Linda Li
Staff Writer & Production and Design Team
Jonathan Edwards 2023
Chemistry

Linda, a first-year in JE, grew up in Shanghai, China, but attended boarding school in New Jersey for high school. On campus, Linda plays for the Yale Women’s Club Water Polo Team and works on sets for Dramat productions. She’s excited to explore all of the pre-med opportunities Yale has to offer, and is excited to work with the YGHR!

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Zoe Robertson
Staff Writer
Pauli Murray 2023
Potentially Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology or Global Affairs

Zoe Robertson is a first-year in Pauli Murray College, hoping to major in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology or Global Affairs on a pre-med track. She has a particular passion for challenging the stigma of receiving treatment, particularly for mental health, and is seeking to bring awareness to this modern issue. Outside of her interests in science and public health, Zoe is a community health educator (CHE), member of Every Vote Counts, and a defender in club soccer. If not working, she loves to crochet, journal, and drink bubble tea with friends.

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Mike Steinthal
Staff Writer
Trumbull 2023
Undeclared

Born and raised in Greenwich Connecticut and attended Greenwich High School. Was recruited to row for the Lightweight Crew team here at Yale. Also a member of the Yale Fly-Fishing Club.

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Lucy Harvey
Senior Editor & Staff Writer
Hopper 2022
Chemistry

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, Lucy Harvey is a first year in Hopper College. Lucy is extremely interested in health inequities, and plans to major in the History of Science and Medicine. Apart from her studies, Lucy is also involved in several environmental groups on campus, and loves to cook for her friends.

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Kamila Janmohamed
Staff Writer
Morse 2022
Economics

I’m a sophomore from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I’m hoping to concentrate in health economics, and am very interested in legal barriers to effective public health policy development, particularly in East Africa. Outside of YGHR, I volunteer at Haven Free Clinic, and am a research intern at Yale’s Equity Research and Innovation Centre.

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Sydney Hirsch
Associate Editor
Trumbull 2023
Undeclared

 

I’m from Woodbridge, CT, an easy 20 minute drive from Yale! On campus, I’m on the women’s varsity fencing team. I am also a writer for the Yale Scientific Magazine and am in the acapella group Unorthojocks! Although I’m undecided, I’m hoping to major in Environmental Engineering because of it’s heavily chemistry based curriculum (my favorite subject!); it’s possible to get an emphasis within the major of global health, which is why I applied for the YGHR — to more deeply explore the subject.

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Heather McClure
Senior Editor & Staff Writer
Pauli Murray 2020
Neuroscience

 

Heather McClure is a senior in Pauli Murray College majoring in Neuroscience. She is particularly interested in mental health and health structures in developing countries and she hopes to go to medical school. Heather plays clarinet in the Yale Concert Band, volunteers with HAVEN Free Clinic and is a First-year Counselor in Murray. She looks forward to another year with YGHR.

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Jane Fan
Senior Editor & Staff Writer
Silliman 2023
Prospective MB&B and S&DS Double Major

Jane Fan is a first-year in Silliman College from Auburn, Alabama and is a prospective Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Statistics and Data Science double major. Her involvement in various health-related activities throughout high school, such as competing in an international medical competition, conducting pharmacology research, and volunteering in the hospital, fueled her passion for public health and medicine. Besides serving as Associate Editor for the Global Health Review, she serves as an Assistant Secretary General of Conference for YMUN and is involved in Christian Union. In her free time, she enjoys baking cheesecakes, playing the piano, and playing badminton.

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