Graduate Affiliates

2016-17 Graduate Affiliates

The Graduate Affiliate Program facilitates interaction between graduate students and undergraduates in both social and academic contexts. Trumbull Graduate Affiliates are a great resource for students and are involved at TC via the Mellon Forum, the Graduate Connections Program, study breaks, Thanksgiving and spring break dinners, and more.

Pablo Barrera

History of ArtEmail Pablo

Yingying Cai

ChemistryYingying was born and raised in Nanjing, a prominent place in Chinese history and culture, having served as the capital of various Chinese dynasties. However, growing up in such a historic city did not inspire her interest in history or social sciences, Yingying instead found her way in physical science, especially in Chemistry. She came to the U.S. after college, and is now a fourth year PhD student in the Chemistry Department. Yingying loves music; she has played the violin since she was six years old and started teaching herself piano recently. She also enjoys spending time sketching and painting, especially cartoon characters, as she is a big anime fan. Yingying also likes traveling--seeing nature and ancient buildings from all around the world. Come talk to her if you like music, anime, traveling, or anything!Email Yingying

Cassie Crockett


Cassie Crockett is a 2010 graduate of Yale College and a current student at Yale Law School, where she will earn her JD in 2017. Before returning to Yale for law school, Cassie worked for McKinsey and Company, a global consulting firm, where she specialized in education technology and served as Chief of Staff of the Social Sector Office. She also spent a year at Pearson, the world’s largest learning company, helping to design and implement a business-wide transformation with the goal of improving learner outcomes around the globe. Cassie is passionate about education, and is co-President of the Project for Law and Education at Yale and a Director on the Board of Amistad Academy in New Haven. She is a proud native of Salt Lake City, loves food and cooking, and has been known to indulge in some really terrible television. Come say hello!

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Elyse Galloway

Social Behavioral Sciences--Public HealthHailing from Bethesda, MD and a proud Tufts Jumbo (A14), Elyse is an energetic, health and fitness obsessed young lady. Currently an MPH student, Elyse is studying social behavioral sciences, focusing on how to provide diverse communities with the foundations for a healthy life. Elyse has had experiences all over the public health world, ranging from working on policy, communications, and education at the National Human Genome Research Institute to working at Sesame Street’s Social Impact Department. Passionate about leadership development and wellness, she is excited to help all Trumbull students reach their maximum potential-whether that is training for a marathon or learning how to cook healthy meals! Email Elyse

Jennifer Hirsch


Jennifer is a third year PhD student in the psychology department. She graduated in 2013 from Carnegie Mellon University where she received her degree in Psychology and Decision Sciences (yes, that is a real major). Her current research focuses on identity and close relationships. Hobbies include cooking (and subsequently eating), watching an unhealthy amount of television, extreme couponing, and the internet. If you are looking for someone to bond over pop culture or have an in depth conversation about your love of The Olive Garden, she’s your go-to gal.

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Wilhemina Koomson

Biological and Biomedical SciencesWilhemina is first-year PhD student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program. She is culturally from Ghana, West Africa, but was born in Mandeville, Jamaica, and lived in Trinidad and Tobago before moving Cleveland, Ohio (go Cavs!). She loves going on new adventures, and at any point in time she is working towards checking another item off her bucket list. On campus she is involved in Pan Jam & Lime Steel Band as well as Steppin’ Out, Yale’s only step team. She graduated in 2014 from Princeton University with a degree in Molecular Biology. If she’s not in lab, or in the library she’s probably either eating or working out. (Email me if you need a workout buddy or someone to try out all the great restaurants in New Haven!)Email Wilhemina

Nicholas Kraus

Near Eastern Languages and CivilizationNick is a fourth year PhD student in Assyriology in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Before coming to Yale he completed his B.A. in Classics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and then went on to do a M.A. in Near Eastern studies at the University of Toronto. Nick is primarily interested in all aspects of antiquity and ancient history and he usually works as an archaeologist during the summer. He also enjoys a variety of hobbies, especially being outdoors, hiking, canoeing, biking, snowboarding, and traveling as often as possible. Nick also enjoys movies and TV, reading, cooking, making pottery, and so much more.Email Nicholas

Jose Dario (Dario) Martinez


Darío grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Spanish, focusing on betrayal in 20th-century Latin American literature. He graduated from Yale University in 2012 with a B.A. in Literature and was a very proud member of the Trumbull College Class of 2012! At Yale, he was a four-year member of the Varsity Fencing Team, a Trumbull C-Hoops Championship Winning Captain (while mostly sitting on the bench), devoted buttery employee and a froco. He was very sad to leave the comforts of Potty Court, but in 2013, he moved to England to pursue a Master’s in Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Oxford. After a year studying Arabic and working in Amman, Jordan, Darío found his way back to New Haven for a second dose of wenzels, chicken tenders days and moose-tracks milkshakes. His younger sister, Mercedes, is also a Trumbullian and you can usually find them having long, stimulating lunches at 11:30 AM on Mondays (feel free to join!). His interests include traveling, reading and writing, soccer and anything but winter.

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Matt Meizlish


Matt grew up in Fairfield and Weston, CT and then made the long trek to Yale for undergrad, graduating from Trumbull in 2011.  He was a History major, studying mostly 20th century European ideas, wars, and revolutions, and then figured out how cool Latin America is and wrote his senior essay on Nicaragua’s Sandinista Revolution in 1979.  He was also premed and did research in immunology (with Kevin O’Connor, now a Trumbull fellow) during college.  Matt made a brief escape from CT after college to study the history of immunology and the philosophy of biology at Cambridge University.  But he couldn’t stay away for long and is now a second-year MD/PhD student here, destined to continue his love affair with New Haven for the foreseeable future.  Matt also likes to write, spends a lot of time educating the New Haven community about health reform (interested? email me!), and is passionate about skiing.  Though his real winter sports have become, of course, Trumbull IM volleyball and basketball.

Elizabeth Mo

GSAS/PharmacologyMo (feel free to call her Mo) studied Film & Television Production at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While there, she biked from Providence to San Francisco with Bike & Build (back when it was a route, it is now New Haven to Half Moon Bay) and interned at CNN. She also decided to fill her electives with science and, after graduation, went to work within the Chemistry Department at NYU Abu Dhabi. She spent a great deal of time putzing around the Middle East and Southeast Asia and eating her favorite cuisine, cart food. Mo is currently a fifth year graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology studying cancer biology. She is active within the student life community completing her term as President of the Graduate & Professional Student Senate and, before that, serving as a McDougal Sports & Recreation Fellow. She enjoys scuba diving, skiing, and attempting to cook without triggering her fire alarm. Feel free to chat with her about anything or everything!Email Elizabeth

Katie Oltman


Katie Oltman is a 4th year PhD student in Social Psychology. In her former life, she was a recruiter for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, teacher, swim instructor for people with development disabilities, bread-delivery-person, nanny, lab tech, and (extremely small) business owner. In her current life, Katie researches how impressions of group cohesion impact prejudice and discrimination. In her future life, she hopes to become the first female vice-president of the United States, or maybe an extreme sports athlete. If you’re looking for someone to rehash the latest “Game of Thrones” death with, obsess over the British Royal family with, or go star-gazing with, she’s happy to be of service.

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Curtis Perry


Curt grew up in Cambridge, MA, and graduated from Cambridge Ridge and Latin High School in 2003, at which point he presumed that he had learned everything important, or else why were they handing him a high school diploma? Ten years later, he is still at school for the foreseeable future, having been frantically trying to learn from all sorts of experiences as a Yale undergraduate and MD/PhD student. He was TC class of 2007, a freshman counselor (to say as way of apology for falling into that role at times), and started at Yale med in 2008. He was initially EP&E, then chemistry, then MB&B, first thinking of a Ph.D. in biochem and then MD/Ph.D. by his senior year. So, it has been a bit of a journey. He joined a lab in immunology (Susan Kaech).

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Noah Rosenblum

Law History

Noah comes to TC by way of New York and Cambridge, MA (where he went to high school with Curt — hi Curt!). He started his undergraduate degree at Deep Springs College, where he worked as a butcher and a dairy boy, and finished at Harvard, where he lived in Pforzheimer House, rowed lightweight crew, and was involved with the Review of Philosophy. He’s currently a J.D./Ph.D. student, studying law at Yale and intellectual history at Columbia. Before coming to graduate school, he worked as a lackey in a Congressman’s office, a researcher at a government accountability watchdog in D.C., and for a pair of non-profits in Buenos Aires. His interests include the history of political thought, secondary and post-secondary education, intramural sports, and late ‘90s pop music.

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Molly Ryan

GSAS/PharmacologyMolly is a fourth year PhD student in the Pharmacology department where she studies drug resistance in lung cancer. She grew up in a small town in Northern California and received her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley in 2013. She loves running, baking, and painting, and has an unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter (but only the books!). She would love to talk to you about anything except for the Harry Potter movies. Email Molly

Jennifer Schmidt

DramaEmail Jennifer

Misha Semenov

GSAS/Near Eastern Languages and CivilizationMisha Semenov is a second-year student in the joint program between the Schools of Architecture and Forestry/Environmental Studies. Originally from San Francisco, Misha graduated in 2015 from Princeton with a major in Architecture and minors in Urban Studies and Translation. Misha views buildings and cities as complex human habitats, and hopes to combine the disciplines of design and ecology to create a healthier relationship between people and nature. In addition to his studies, he works on coastal resiliency and adaptation with the Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory, TAs the undergraduate thesis colloquium for Architecture majors, sings with the Yale Camerata, and enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities. He is also a translator of poetry from Russian to English, and loves discussing languages, literature, and culture. He is looking forward to developing a closer relationship with the undergraduate program, and can't wait to spend time in Trumbull!Email Misha

Danielle Williams

Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry

Danielle is a fifth-year PhD student in the department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Ohio State University in 2012. She loves playing sports, especially volleyball and basketball, and enjoys watching football and basketball games. Danielle is a fan of Cleveland sports teams and Ohio State. Her other interests include baking, black coffee, traveling, and procrastinating, but feel free to talk to her about anything!

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