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Hi, I’m Becky! I’m a fourth year PhD student in the biomedical
engineering department at Yale. For my research, I am trying to
understand how cancer cells “decide” whether to stay in one place or
spread to different parts of the body. Understanding the signaling
pathways that cells use to migrate will help us to design better
medicines to stop the spread of cancer. Outside the lab, I enjoy
hiking, sewing, and completing 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles! I also love
teaching younger students about the wide variety of problems that
engineers are equipped to solve.
Hi! I’m Bridget Hegarty and a PhD student at Yale. For my PhD
project, I am studying a cyanobacteria species capable of producing
biofuels. By better understanding their metabolism, we will be able to
genetically modifying them to produce higher levels of these compounds.
If we are successful, these biofuels will be a sustainable alternative
to traditional gasoline and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. In
addition to genetics, I also love downhill skiing, taking photos, and
reading. Through the Society of Women Engineers and Pathways to Science
Program, I also am very involved with STEM outreach. I think it is
critical to reach back and inspire the next generation of engineers -
to show girls in particular that they can be engineers.
Hello! My name is Elise and I am a PhD student studying Biomedical
Engineering at Yale. Specifically, I study biological system dynamics
in cells with a focus on signalling pathways in HIV. This topic allows
me to combine my two favorite subjects, calculus and microbiology, and
I hope can one day assist in finding a cure for AIDS. When I’m not
taking care of my cells, I enjoy a good board game, going to the
movies, and country-western dancing.
I’m Jenna, a second year PhD student in Environmental Engineering! I
study air quality and atmospheric chemistry. I am particularly
interested in how emissions from natural sources (like trees) influence
the quality of the air we breathe, and how natural emissions interact
with anthropogenic emissions (from cars, power plants, etc.) in
populated areas. In my free time, I love cooking, running, exploring
Connecticut, and of course, STEM outreach! I really enjoy working with
younger students and helping to bring engineering, which can sometimes
seem unapproachable, to their everyday lives.
My name is Stefan and for the last few years I have been a graduate
student in Yale’s Physics department. My research is in quantum
information, but I also spend a lot of time on teaching and outreach.
In my free time I work on electronics projects and other “maker’s”
crafts, and I employ those skills in the design of outreach activities.
I strongly believe that science and engineering outreach should cover the
“Jack/Jill of All Trades” approach: you do not need to know everything
about a given skill to start using that skill productively (maybe even
mastering it one day).
Hello, I’m Stephanie and I’m a PhD student working on developing and
validating new computational tools for constructing brain networks
using fMRI. We hope these new techniques can give us a glimpse into how
brains function in health and disease to help us design better
therapies. Outside of the lab, you can find me with a paintbrush or
pencil — I am a passionate visual artist. You may even find me dancing
blues, singing, playing the piano, or backpacking deep through the
woods. Finally, I am proud to be a Latina woman in STEM, and I hope to
inspire other underrepresented minorities (especially Latinas!) to
consider a future in STEM!