The Yale Scientific Magazine, established in 1894, is the nation’s oldest college science publication and the premier science publication at Yale.

Our Mission

The Yale Scientific Magazine is a student-run quarterly science publication featuring groundbreaking scientific research at Yale and beyond. Composed of writers, editors, photographers, artists, designers, and businesspeople, our interdisciplinary team is united by the belief that science should be accessible and exciting to everyone—even those without a scientific background. This is exemplified not only in our magazine but in our outreach through Synapse, which hosts STEM outreach programs to empower New Haven youth. We hope you join our team of more than 100 students and over 2,000 worldwide subscribers as we share the stories of science.

2022 YSM Masthead

Managing Team

Jenny Tan

Editor-in-Chief

Jenny Tan (SY ’23) is a Chemistry major from northern Virginia. She has been involved with Yale Scientific since her first year as a staff writer, operations manager, and news editor. At Yale, Jenny is an undergraduate researcher at the Miller group. Jenny is obsessed with tea, coffee, and oatmeal.

Tai Michaels

Managing Editor

Tai Michaels (GH ’23) is an EVST/MCDB/S&DS major (he’s very confused) from Los Angeles (ish). He was previously Scope (SCOPE!) coeditor and is now co managing editor which lets him to spend even more time on YSM to avoid doing his actual work. Outside of YSM, he is part of the Iwasaki lab and YUSO, spends time with his suitemates, and is a huge fan of raw bell peppers.

Maria Fernanda Pacheco

Managing Editor

Maria Fernanda Pacheco is a junior in Grace Hopper College hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At Yale, she is a Neuroscience major and Global Health Scholar. Having been involved with YSM since her first semester, she has also previously served as Staff Writer, Online Editor and Full-length Articles Editor before being Managing Editor.

Editorial Team

Cindy Kuang

Articles Editor

Cindy Kuang (TD’ 23) is a Neuroscience and History of Sci, Med & PH double major from New York City. She has been involved in the magazine since her first semester at Yale as staff writer, features editor, and co-director of programming for Resonance. Outside of YSM, she is involved in research on psilocybin’s therapeutic effects on depression, as well as Helix and Upfund Healthcare team projects. In whatever time is left, she loves poetry and creative writing, Bass library naps, Spotify playlists, Awake chocolates, and caffeine.

Alex Dong

Features Editor

Alex Dong (BF ’24) is a prospective Biomedical Engineering and Humanities double major from Calgary, Canada. In YSM, he has served as a copy editor, senior staff writer, layout designer, photographer, artist, and Resonance Director of Programming. He is also a Yale Tour Guide, writes poetry for the Yale Layer, teaches for Community Health Educators, and plays for Yale’s Club Volleyball team. In his free time, you can find him cruising on his longboard and vibing to Noah Kahan.

Sophia Li

Special Sections Editor

Sophia Li (PM ’24) is double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and English. She has served as Synapse Co-President, Director of Programming for Resonance, Scope columnist, and has been a staff writer since her first year. Sophia also conducts immunology research studying NK cell protein interactions at the Yale School of Medicine. Sophia also loves creative writing and narrative medicine, and in her free time, you can find her playing volleyball, sketching, or singing in her acapella group.

Madison Houck

News Editor

Madison Houck (c/o ’24) is in Grace Hopper College and from Apex, North Carolina. She is a chemistry major and might be pursuing a French certificate, depending on how she’s feeling when you ask her. She’s been writing for YSM since her first semester at Yale. Outside of YSM, she’s involved in GREEN and does research in the Mayer lab. You can find her making overly specific Spotify playlists, drinking tea, writing poetry, and organizing her life on Notion.

Ethan Olim

Copy Editor

Ethan Olim (MY ‘25) is a prospective physics major from San Diego, California. Outside of YSM, he is a member of Yale Outdoors and the Yale Climbing Team and plays trumpet in DPops and Coup de Brass. He spends as much of his free time as possible outdoors hiking, climbing, or road tripping in his Subaru, but can also often be found listening to music or curled up with a good book. Ethan is also passionate about environmentalism, podcasts, and coffee.

Tori Sodeinde

Online Editor

Tori Sodeinde is a first-year student in Ezra Stiles College from State College, Pennsylvania. She is a prospective Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology major and is working in Dr. Sandy Chang’s lab. Tori has contributed to writing, layout, and online publishing as part of YSM. Apart from being a member of YSM, she is involved with First-Years in Support of New Haven and Danceworks. In her free time, you can find her playing classical guitar, working in the Stiles buttery, or taking walks around campus and New Haven.

Anna Calame

Scope Editor

Anna Calame (DC ’23) is a History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health major from Massachusetts. She has been involved with the YSM as a staff writer since her sophomore year and is looking forward to contributing to the magazine as an editor. Outside of YSM, Anna is involved with Yale UAID and the club tennis team. She loves reading, backpacking, and trying (and failing) to learn piano every few months.

Hannah Huang

Scope Editor

Hannah Huang grew up in Iowa and is a sophomore in Davenport College. At Yale, she is interested in studying biology and the medical humanities. Besides being a part of YSM, she is involved with the Davenport College Council, HAVEN Free Clinic, and United Church of Westville. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys listening to Taylor Swift and reading well-written narrative nonfiction.

Breanna Brownson

Copy Editor

Breanna Brownson is a first-year in Morse College from Westchester, New York. She is pre-med and a prospective molecular, cellular, and developmental biology major. Outside of YSM, she is involved in Danceworks and conducts cardiac research at the Yale School of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys listening to Jeremy Zucker, caring for succulents, and obsessing over cute animals. She’s also a major foodie, so you’ll often find her trying out different restaurants to find the best food spots near campus and getting her go-to coffee order (an iced mocha) at the Jitter Bus.

Hannah Han

Copy Editor

Hannah Han is a first-year in Grace Hopper College from Los Angeles, California. She has been involved in the Yale Scientific Magazine as a staff writer and layout designer and is interested in delving into the medical humanities. Outside of YSM, she sings in the Yale Glee Club, volunteers for HAPPY, and contributes to other literary publications on campus. She can often be found sketching plants in her notebook, baking banana bread, and reading.

Kayla Yup

Copy Editor

Kayla Yup (PC ’25) is a Baltimore (County) native, prospective MCDB and HSHM double major, pig lover, and Handsome Dan sympathizer. She leaves room in her heart for two other Yale publications: the YDN (serving as an Arts staff reporter) and the Yale Herald (contributing as a copy editor and writer). She does research at the other YSM acronym and works a few campus jobs, including one as a student science writer. Outside of everything Yale-related, she loves creative writing and designing and crocheting clothes. Fresh-faced and sun-kissed, she is ready for her copy-editing premiere at the nation’s oldest (and premier-ist) college science publication.

Meili Gupta

Website Editor

Meili Gupta (TC ’24) hails from Bethesda, MD. She studies Computer Science with a dash of Statistics & Data Science. She has previously served as Online Editor for YSM. Outside of YSM, Meili enjoys working in the Yale Computing Society and the Yale Machine Learning group. She also loves to binge Marvel, play the violin, and listen to music.

Production Team

Catherine Zheng

Production Manager

Catherine Zheng (MY ’23) is a Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science major from Los Angeles, California. In addition to YSM, she’s involved in research in the Staib lab and YURJ where she also works on production. She also loves food and video games.

Brianna Fernandez

Layout Editor

Brianna is a junior in Pierson College majoring in Astronomy and Earth and Planetary Sciences. She is originally from Orlando, Florida and grew up in Hurricane, West Virginia. Outside of YSM, she is a member of Professor Debra Fischer’s exoplanet lab and the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to exciting places, hanging out with friends, and reading science fiction, fantasy, and classic novels.

Ann-Marie Abunyewa

Layout Editor

Ann-Marie Abunyewa (BR ‘24) is an Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Classical Civilizations double major from Marietta, Georgia. Since her first year, she has enjoyed writing, illustrating, and designing layouts for Yale Scientific, and she looks forward to being a part of the production team this year. Outside of YSM, she designs for other Yale publications and clubs, volunteers at the HAVEN Free Clinic, works at the Yale Art Gallery, dances with Yale Danceworks, and conducts research on-campus. In her free time, Ann-Marie enjoys visiting art museums, drawing, and spending time with friends and family.

Malia Kuo

Arts Editor

Malia Kuo is a sophomore from Arizona majoring in Computing and the Arts or HSHM. Outside of YSM, she designs websites with Design for America, creates video games with Amoriem Labs, and writes/illustrates pieces for the YDN and the Record. In her free time, you can find her drinking boba, making playlists, and watching comfort comedy shows like 30Rock.

Jenny Wong

Photo Editor

Jenny Wong is a sophomore in Saybrook College and a prospective neuroscience major from Brooklyn, New York. Outside of YSM, she is involved with the Yale QuestBridge community, volunteers through the American Red Cross club and the Hypertension Awareness & Prevention Program at Yale, and works at the Hammarlund lab and Yogev lab pouring agar plates. In her free time outside of classes, you can find her learning how to crochet, reading a YA fantasy novel, and hanging out with friends.

Anastasia Shilov

Cover Artist

Anasthasia is a Junior in Silliman College from the Chicagoland area. She is a Chemistry and Art double major. On campus you’ll find her involved in other publications such as the Yale Herald, the Record, and the YDN, hosting Women+ In Chemistry events, and working at the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage on West Campus. In her free time, she likes to build her growing book collection on insects.

Business Team

Jared Gould

Publisher

Jared is a sophomore in Pauli Murray College majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He first became involved with Yale Scientific Magazine serving as the Director of Operations of the 2020 Resonance Conference through Synapse, the community outreach branch of YSM, and served as Publisher as well as Synapse Vice President in 2021. In addition to his role as Publisher for YSM, he conducts drug delivery research in Dr. Mark Saltzman’s laboratory and is also on the board of Y-Bioincubate to further explore his biotechnology, data science, and business interests.

Blake Bridge

Publisher

Blake Bridge, from Temple Terrace, Florida, is a sophomore in Davenport College and is this year’s Synapse Vice President. He plans on majoring in Ethics, Politics, & Economics and is interested in studying the intersection between public policy and science. Outside of the YSM, Blake is part of YRIS, a Yale international relations magazine, and GRC Yale, an undergraduate consulting club on campus. Blake is also involved in scientific research and was recently published in the journal Annals of Breast Surgery. During his free time, Blake enjoys bowling, watching movies, and eating out with friends.

Lauren Chong

Operations Manager

Lauren is a sophomore in Silliman College planning on majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Outside of YSM, she is involved with the Yale Undergraduate Research Journal, research, Matriculate, and other publications. In her free time, she likes to get boba, pet dogs, and play with her pet rabbit named Bugsy.

Sophia Burick

Advertising Manager

Sophia Burick is a first-year in Timothy Dwight College from San Clemente, California. She is a prospective Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry major, and she is particularly interested in facilitating effective and equitable translation of medical technologies into society. Outside of the YSM, Sophia is a member of the New Blue, Yale’s oldest women’s a cappella group, and works as a research assistant at the Yale School of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys cooking elaborate pasta recipes and doing embroidery.

Shudipto Wahed

Subscriptions Manager

Shudipto Wahed is a sophomore (’23+1) student in Franklin College from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He plans to major in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and conducts research in protein engineering in the Ring Lab at Yale’s School of Medicine. He is also involved in the YCC and Yale Student Investment Group. In his free time, Shudipto likes to play spikeball, watch soccer, and try his luck at the poker table.

Synapse Team

Krishna Dasari

Co-President

Krishna Dasari is a sophomore in Pierson College from Memphis, TN. He is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and pursuing a certificate in Data Science, and he is interested in population and evolutionary genetics. Outside of YSM, he does cancer genomics research and occasionally pops into the chess club, a game development club, and YIRA activities. In his free time, he likes playing Smash Bros., finding chess memes, and catching up on the latest science news (inevitably to be used for comedy material at meals).

Lucy Zha

Co-President

Lucy Zha (MC ’25) is a prospective Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics major from Long Island, New York. She has served as the Synapse Director of Publicity and planned the 2021 Resonance event. Outside of YSM, she is involved in pharmacology research in Yale School of Medicine, an intern for the New Haven Climate Movement, and conducts lessons for the Yale Environmental Education Collaborative. If you ever run into her on campus, she will probably be reading a book, on a run while listening to music, or dabbling in the new features of digital art on her iPad.

Rayyan Darji

Vice President

Rayyan Darji (GH ‘24) is a sophomore from Tallahassee, Florida studying Neuroscience and Statistics & Data Science. Since his first year, Rayyan has enjoyed writing articles for YSM as a Senior Staff Writer. Outside of YSM, he volunteers with Yale Alzheimer’s Buddies and serves as a board member of YNEURO. In his free time, you can find Rayyan drinking coffee, eating spicy food, and playing various sports, including cricket and football.

Bella Xiong

Synapse Events Coordinator

Bella Xiong (TC ’23) is a computer science and neuroscience double major from Maryland. In addition to YSM, she is the director of Yale Helix Incubator and conducts neuroimaging research at the Yale School of Medicine. Outside of Yale, she is the director of Tech4Teens, an after-school program that teaches technology and computer programming to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Hannah Barsouk

Synapse Outreach Coordinator

Hannah Barsouk is a first-year in Morse College who plans to major in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. As a proud graduate of Pittsburgh Public Schools, Hannah is looking forward to helping out as an Outreach Coordinator for Synapse this year. Outside of YSM, she can be found messing around with riboswitches at the Breaker Lab, volunteering with YUCH, or making a ruckus with the Yale Undergraduate Skateboarding Union. In her free time, Hannah enjoys night-time photography, scrolling on biochem TikTok, and re-watching Fringe with her mom.

Risha Chakraborty

Synapse Outreach Coordinator

Risha Chakraborty (SY ’25) is a prospective Neuroscience and Chemistry major from San Ramon, California. In addition to being a staff writer and Synapse Outreach Coordinator for the YSM, Risha plays trumpet for the Yale Precision Marching Band and Undergraduate Jazz Collective, volunteers for HAPPY (Hypertension Awareness and Prevention Program at Yale) and researches Parkinson’s Disease at Chandra Lab in the School of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys having jam sessions with her friends, baking, and reading dystopian novels.

Web Team

Katherine Moon

Web Co-Manager

Katherine Moon (GH ’24) is a sophomore from Upstate NY and Seoul, South Korea, majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. Interested in computational biology and bioinformatics, she is excited to start her independent research at the Chen lab while pursuing a certificate in data science. Outside of her role as a Web Manager for YSM, she likes to chat with nursing home residents, volunteer at HAVEN Free Clinic, and teach for Splash at Yale. She also enjoys singing with two incredible groups Hangarak & Yale Gospel Choir. You can often find her at Hopper’s dining hall cramming an essay, Arethusa getting her fifth pint of chocolate ice cream, or at Steep listening to a two-hour long LoFi playlist.

Emily Shang

Web Developer

Emily Shang (TD ’25) is from the suburbs of Philadelphia and has potential interests in the Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics and Computer Science majors. Other than YSM, Emily is involved in Code Haven and the Research Database of the Yale Undergraduate Research Association. In her free time, she enjoys fencing, reading, and watching How I Met Your Mother.

Anavi Uppal

Social Media Team Manager

Anavi Uppal is a sophomore in Pierson College from Orlando, Florida. She is an astrophysics major, and is very passionate about science outreach and communication. In Yale Scientific, Anavi is also a senior staff writer, and was one of the 2021 Synapse outreach coordinators. Beyond the magazine, she is a science teacher with Yale Demos, and does black hole research with the Bailyn lab. In her free time, she enjoys doing astrophotography, practicing archery, and listening to Coldplay.

Abigail Jolteus

Social Media Coordinator

Abigail Jolteus (BK ’25) is a prospective Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Environmental Studies double major. Outside of YSM, she is involved in Matriculate, Yale Student Environmental Coalition (YSEC), and other organizations. She enjoys poetry, reading novels, and gardening.

Elizabeth Watson

Social Media Coordinator

Elizabeth Watson (MY ’25) is a prospective Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from Central Texas with interests in English, cognitive science, and chemistry. She first worked with Yale Scientific Magazine through its outreach program, Yale Synapse, as a publicity director for the 2021 Resonance Conference. Outside of YSM, she is a staff reporter and illustrator for the Yale Daily News and the visual arts director for the Hippo Literary Magazine. She loves writing stories, creating digital art, playing piano, and reading as many books as can fit into her dorm room.

Senior Staff Writers

Hannah Barsouk

Ryan Bose-Roy

Rayyan Darji

Krishna Dasari

Alex Dong

Hannah Han

Cindy Kuang

Sophia Li

Dhruv Patel

Raquel Sequeria

Hannah Shi

Anavi Uppal

Kayla Yup

Yale Scientific Magazine Advisory Board

Kurt Zilm, Chair
Chemistry

Priyamvada Natarajan
Astronomy

Scott Strobel
Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics

Robert Bazell
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology

Fred Volkmar
Child Study Center

Stanley Eisenstat
Computer Science

James Duncan
Biomedical Engineering

Steven Stearns
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Jakub Szefer
Electrical Engineering

Werner Wolf
Emeritus

John Wettlaufer
Geology & Geophysics, Mathematics & Physics

William Summers
History of Science & History of Medicine

Ayaska Fernando
Undergraduate Admissions

Elissa Dunn Levy
Yale Science & Engineering Association