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E-Board 2018-2019

Allie Greaney

Position: co-president

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: allison.greaney@yale.edu

“I’m a fourth year in biomedical engineering studying lung tissue engineering with a focus on epithelial regeneration in the lab of Dr. Laura Niklason. I love SWE and have been involved at Yale since before we received our charter in 2016. Outside of work, I love chilling with friends, doing yoga, traveling, and doing crossword puzzles. Happy to help in any way I can, from chatting about the grad research life, to leadership, to the state of rap these days.”

Rita Matta

Position: co-president

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: rita.matta@yale.edu

I am a third year biomedical engineering PhD student studying the microvasculature of the brain and tissue engineering systems for stroke therapy. On my spare time I love spending time outdoors, exploring new cities, and eating pizza. I love to chat about anything from life in New Haven/New England, research collaborations, and work life balance.

Molly Baker

Position: Treasurer, Professional Development Chair

Field of research: chemical and biomedical engineering

Email: molly.baker@yale.edu

“I’m a fourth year in chemical and biomedical engineering, studying the delivery of polymer nanoparticles for treatment of sexually transmitted infections. In my free time, I love baking, reading, hiking and backpacking, and eating arepas. I had a tough time finding a mentor during my first year, so please feel to reach out to me if you have questions about contacting PIs, working across departments, and setting up special investigations. I’m also passionate about personal finance!”

Heather Liu

Position: undergrad liaison

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: heather.liu@yale.edu 

“I am a third year PhD student in biomedical engineering studying mathematical modeling and parameter estimation, as it applies to PET neuroimaging. Apart from modeling neurotransmitters, I also enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles and caring for my ever-growing indoor garden (plantstagram @kevinthecurlykale shameless plug). I have a huge sweet-tooth and enjoy making a mental list of the best dessert places around. Though I live in New Haven, I spend the majority of my weekends in Boston or New York–so I’d be happy to chat about balancing my research life in new haven with my everything-else-life both inside new haven and in surrounding big cities”

Jenette Creso

Position: Diversity Chair, Etiquette Co-Chair 

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: jenette.creso@yale.edu

“I am a second year PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering department. I am from Washington State but moved to southern California for my B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Irvine. My current work uses engineered heart tissue to study how genetic mutations that contribute to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affect heart biomechanical properties. In my free time, I love cooking and baking, doing art, being active, and playing piano.”

Jenna Ditto

Position: Outreach Co-Chair 

Field of research: environmental engineering

Email: jenna.ditto@yale.edu

“I am a fourth year PhD student in environmental engineering. I study atmospheric chemistry, and am particularly interested in how emissions from natural sources (like trees) influence the quality of the air we breathe. In my free time, I enjoy running, cooking, and a good book! I am happy to answer any questions you have about adjusting to graduate school, things to do in and around New Haven, and ways to get involved in STEM outreach on campus!”

Elise Bullock

Position: Outreach Co-Chair 

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: elise.bullock@yale.edu

“I’m a third year biomedical engineering PhD student in the Miller-Jensen Lab coming from the great state of Texas.  I’m interested in quantitative systems biology and the use of the synthetic biological circuits to generate information about cellular signaling.  My pastimes include running, board games, and swing dancing. I’m always down for a cup of coffee to answer any questions you might have about Yale graduate school, New Haven, and how to survive the Northeast winters!”

Sam Rossano

Position: Publicity Chair and Etiquette Co-Chair 

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: samantha.rossano@yale.edu

“I’m a third year PhD student in the biomedical engineering department, working in the Carson lab at the Yale PET Center. I’m interested in using medical imaging techniques including PET and MRI in neuroscience and neurodevelopment applications. In my free time, I like to read, draw, and listen to music. I’d be happy to talk about BME, graduate school, life at Yale, and/or Yankees baseball!”

E-Board

2017-2018

Molly Baker

Position: co-president

Field of research: chemical and biomedical engineering

Email: molly.baker@yale.edu

“I’m a third year in chemical and biomedical engineering, studying the delivery of polymer nanoparticles for treatment of sexually transmitted infections. In my free time, I love baking, reading, hiking and backpacking, and eating arepas. I had a tough time finding a mentor during my first year, so please feel to reach out to me if you have questions about contacting PIs, working across departments, and setting up special investigations. I’m also passionate about personal finance!”

 

Allie Greaney

Position: co-president

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: allison.greaney@yale.edu

“I’m a third year in biomedical engineering studying tracheal/lung tissue engineering in the lab of Dr. Laura Niklason. I am now the Professional Development chair for Yale GradSWE, after serving as First-Year Liaison last year. Outside of lab work, I enjoy backpacking in New England, traveling, yoga, and NPR. I am available to help in any way I can, from chatting about the grad research life, to mentorship, to starting a company.”

 

Jenna Ditto

Position: outreach co-chair

Field of research: environmental engineering

Email: jenna.ditto@yale.edu

“I’m a third year in environmental engineering. I study air pollution and atmospheric chemistry, and am particularly interested in how emissions from natural sources (like trees) influence the quality of the air we breathe. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, running, and figure skating! I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about work/life balance and travel around and outside of the New Haven area.”

 

Elise Bullock

Position: undergrad liaison

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: margaret.bullock@yale.edu

“I’m a second year biomedical engineering PhD student coming from the great state of Texas.  I’m interested in quantitative systems biology and the use of the synthetic biological circuits to generate information about cellular signaling.  My pastimes include running, playing with cats and swing dancing. Though I’m still learning about New Haven and Yale, feel free ask me about my favorite running spots or to commiserate with me during my first real winter here in CT.”

 

Rita Matta

Position: public relations chair, co-etiquette dinner lead

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: rita.matta@yale.edu

“I am a second year biomedical engineering student studying the microvasculature of the brain and tissue engineering systems for stroke therapy. On my spare time I love spending time outdoors, playing with pets, and eating pizza. I love to chat about anything from life in New Haven/New England, research collaborations, and work life balance.”

 

Adrian Ledesma-Mendoza

Position: professional development chair, co-etiquette dinner lead

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: adrian.ledesma-mendoza@yale.edu

“I’m a second year PhD student who was born and raised in Cd. Juarez. I am working in the Gonzalez Lab investigating the role of microvascular cells in fibrosis. On my down time I enjoy cooking, gaming, reading, dancing, and playing with my dog. Feel free to reach out with any questions regarding gradSWE, food, or being LGBTQ+/Hispanic at Yale.”

 

Jenette Creso

Position: first year liason

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: jenette.creso@yale.edu

“I am a first year PhD student in the biomedical engineering department. I was born and raised in Washington State but lived in Southern California to finish my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering. I am studying how gene mutations that contribute to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy affect heart tissue biomechanics. In my spare time, I love cooking and baking, doing art, being active outdoors, and playing piano. Feel free to reach out and chat about anything from my favorite foods to what it is like to change fields and move across country when you start graduate school.”

 
E-Board 2016-2017

Bridget Hegarty

Field of research: environmental engineering

Email: bridget.hegarty@yale.edu

“I’m a fifth year in environmental engineering and a member of the Physical and Engineering Biology (PEB) Program. I study cyanobacteria for biofuel applications; when I’m not in the lab, I love downhill skiing, taking photos, and reading. Feel free to ask me questions about CT, building a strong relationship with your PI, and anything else that you are wondering about grad school.” 

Becky LaCroix

Field of research: biomedical engineering

Email: rebecca.lacroix@yale.edu

“I am a fifth year graduate student in biomedical engineering and a member of the Yale Systems Biology Institute. I study the cell signaling pathways involved in cancer cell migration. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, sewing, and completing 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, especially about navigating the Yale shuttles, registering for classes, or life on Yale’s West Campus.”

Stephanie Loeb

Field of research: environmental engineering

email: stephanie.loeb@yale.edu

“I’m a fourth year PhD student in environmental engineering studying surface plasmon resonance nanomaterials for photothermal water disinfection. Outside the lab I enjoy running, swimming, reading, and drinking beer on patios. I can answer questions about international student visas/taxes, money and finances, food and drink around New Haven, work/life balance and mentor relationships.”

Stephanie Noble

Field of research: neuroscience

Email: stephanie.noble@yale.edu

“I’m a fourth year PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program working on developing and validating new computational tools for network-based fMRI analysis. Before my PhD, I majored in chemical engineering (Princeton), went on to co-found a Yale-based neuroscience startup (goBlue), then did a little technical consulting (SSI). I’m also a visual artist, Latina, and CT native. Please feel free to reach out to me about navigating careers in academia or industry, to discuss challenges & opportunities as a minority in STEM, or life & culture in New Haven.”