The Yale Scientific Magazine, established in 1894, is the nation’s oldest college science publication and the premier science publication at Yale.
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 200 students and over 2,000 worldwide subscribers as we share the stories of science.
2024 YSM Masthead
Hannah Han is a junior in Grace Hopper College from Los Angeles, double-majoring in MCDB and the Humanities. She has been involved in YSM since her first semester at Yale as a special sections editor, copy editor, senior staff writer, layout designer, photographer, artist, and director of development for Resonance. Outside of YSM, she performs in Jook Songs and conducts research on protein degradation and epigenetic regulation in cancer. She can often be found reading short stories, sketching plants in her notebook, and drinking an excessive amount of tea.
Kayla Yup (PC ’25) hails from Baltimore, Maryland. She is an MCDB major, Global Health Scholar, Yale Journalism Scholar and pig lover. She previously served as Articles Editor and copy editor for YSM and has been a senior staff writer since her first year. Outside of YSM, she is an undergraduate scicomm fellow at the Women’s Health Research at Yale (WHRY) center, an undergraduate researcher at the Yale School of Medicine, a health policy research assistant at the Yale School of Public Health, and a volunteer medical debt counselor at Haven FREE Clinic. Outside of everything Yale-related, she loves eating sandwiches and crocheting clothes.
Sophia Burick is a junior in Timothy Dwight College from San Clemente, California. She is a Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry major, and she is particularly interested in using advanced imaging and structural biology techniques to interrogate human disease mechanisms. Outside of YSM, Sophia is a member of the New Blue, Yale’s oldest women’s acapella group and women’s organization of any kind, leads the sound engineering department at WYBC Yale Radio, and conducts research in the Schlieker Lab. In her free time, she enjoys taking long walks and making cardamom lattes.
Kara Tao (MC ’26) is a Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology major from Chicago, Illinois. Outside of YSM, she does immunology research in the Hafler lab, volunteers at the Yale New Haven Hospital and HAVEN Free Clinic, and teaches for Community Health Educators. Kara loves coffee, Shin ramen, and boba.
Madeleine Popofsky is a sophomore in Pauli Murray College from Washington, DC. She is majoring in either Neuroscience or Chemistry or MB&B and will hopefully decide by graduation. She has been writing and designing layouts for YSM since her first year, and is additionally a member of the Yale Debate Association as well as serving as the Visual Arts Director of the Hippo Literary and Arts Magazine. She enjoys drawing, reading, creative writing, chocolate, and listening to the same song on repeat for days on end.
Nina Yorou Liu
Nina Liu (GH ’26) is majoring in Physics and Computer Science. Since her first year, she has been illustrating and designing layout for YSM. Outside of YSM, she researches exoplanet formation in the astronomy department and leads bookmaking workshops. In her free time, she enjoys drinking tea and boba as well as scrapbooking.
Luna Aguilar (TC ’25) is a Biomedical Engineering major on the biomechanics track from northern New Jersey. She’s been making art for YSM for several semesters and is excited to support other artists in this role. On campus, she is involved with Yale Public Health Coalition, Sube, and volunteers for the Community Health Care Van. In her free time, you can find her painting something for her friends and watching a youtube video essay.
Emily (she/her) is a sophomore interested in chemistry and economics. She has been contributing photos to YSM since her first year. In addition to YSM, her other science-related extracurriculars include Yale Undergraduate Science Olympiad and doing chemistry research in the Ellman Lab. In her free time, she likes to read, crochet, and hang out with her friends.
Annli Zhu is a first-year in Benjamin Franklin College from the Bay Area, California. She plans to major in Mathematics and is also interested in physics and economics. In addition to writing and illustrating for YSM, she is active in Yale’s quantum computing club, Figure Skating Team, and research on campus. In her free time, Annli enjoys reading, collecting stuffed animals, and consuming copious quantities of bread.
Tori Sodeinde is a junior in Ezra Stiles College from State College, Pennsylvania. She is a Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology major and studies telomere biology in Dr. Sandy Chang’s lab. Tori has previously served as an online editor and an operations manager as part of YSM. Apart from being a part of YSM, she is involved in Danceworks and the American Cancer Society. In her free time, you can find her playing classical guitar or taking walks around campus and New Haven.
Samantha Liu (GH ’26) is an English & MCDB double major and Global Health Scholar from Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Outside of YSM, where she formerly served as Scope editor, she edits for The New Journal and co-chairs the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee at Yale Daily News. She also researches DNA repair at the Yale Cancer Center and volunteers for HAVEN Free Clinic as a medical debt and insurance counselor. In her free time, she likes browsing Grey Matter Books and flipping quesadillas at the Hopper buttery.
Gia-Bao Dam (MY ’26) hails from Hanoi, Vietnam. She double majors in Biomedical Engineering and Statistics and Data Science. Outside of YSM, she conducts protein engineering research at the Isaacs Lab, tutors Vietnamese, and serves on the board of Y-BioIncubate. You can usually find her taking long walks around New Haven, wasting Thursday nights at Yale Film Archives’s screenings, and hammering on the Pauli Murray piano past 10pm.
Megan Kernis is a first-year in Ezra Stiles College from Hazleton, Pennsylvania. She is a prospective MCDB major interested in bridging the communication gap between the scientific community and larger audiences to educate and inspire healthier lifestyles. Alongside YSM, she is an active member of STARS I, volunteers at Connecticut hospice, and runs with Yale Club Running. In her free time, you can find Megan running around New Haven, hanging out in the TD courtyard, or grabbing coffee at Common Grounds.
Henry Chen (JE ’26) is a History and CS-Econ double major hailing from Orlando, FL. He has been involved in the YSM since his first year as a writer, layout designer, and, most recently, web and subscriptions manager. Henry loves the outdoors and can be found leading FOOT backpacking trips or performing carbon credit research with the School of the Environment. In his free time, he loves to travel the world, make Ferandillas at the buttery, lose money in poker, and re-read/watch the Hunger Games.
Hannah Barsouk (MC ’25) is a Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry major from Pittsburgh, PA. Having been an Outreach Coordinator for Synapse in 2021-2022, they’re super excited to return to Synapse for another year! Outside of YSM, they are Public School Intern at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, and conduct non-coding RNA research at the Breaker Lab. In their free time, they enjoy skateboarding around New Haven, endlessly scrolling on biochem TikTok, and forcing their friends to watch scary movies.
Brandon Quach (DC ’27) is a freshman majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Los Angeles, California. He first became involved within the YSM serving as Scope contributor and the Synapse Director of Operations of the 2023 Resonance Conference. Outside of YSM, Brandon is a teacher for the Environmental Education Collaborative and Community Investment member of Dwight Hall Socially Responsible Investment Club. Brandon loves trying new food in New Haven, studying fish and plants, and listening to R&B.
Jordan Thomas (PC ‘27) is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and plans on majoring in Biomedical Engineering along the Biomolecular engineering track. He participated in YSM’s Resonance conference as a teacher, leading a lesson on pluripotency and Stem cells. Outside of YSM, he helps lead interactive STEM activities at Hill Career High School and is involved in cardiovascular tissue engineering research at the Qyang lab. During his free time, he enjoys playing table tennis, watching Tottenham soccer matches, and cooking anything sweet.
Synapse Events Coordinator
Michael Sarullo is a first-year in Branford College from Royal Palm Beach, Florida. He is a prospective double major in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and Statistics and Data Science. Michael has previously served as a staff writer for YSM in addition to teaching for Synapse. Outside of YSM, Michael is involved in Yale iGEM, Yale Artificial Intelligence, and Yale Entrepreneurial Society. During his free time, Michael enjoys brewing cappuccinos and visiting the beach.
Synapse Outreach Coordinator
Sarah Li (MC ’27) is prospective Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry major with a concentration in medicine from Baton Rouge, LA. She became involved with YSM through being the Synapse Director of Development of the 2023 Resonance Conference and writing for the magazine. Outside of YSM, she is involved in Yale Science Olympiad, YEMS, and volunteers with HAPPY.
Synapse Outreach Coordinator
Sunny Vuong is a freshman in Saybrook College from San Antonio, Texas, and a prospective double major in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology and English. She has written articles for YSM, and was previously a Director of Publicity for the Resonance Conference. Outside of YSM, she dances with the Yale Ballroom Dance team and volunteers with Yale Peristalsis at the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. In her free time, Sunny enjoys funky cheeses, writing poetry, playing soccer, and making dining hall vlogs.
Senior Staff Writers
Hannah Barsouk, Ryan Bose-Roy, Rayyan Darji, Krishna Dasari, Alex Dong, Hannah Han, Elisa Howard, Abigail Jolteus, Sophia Li, Cindy Mei, Anavi Uppal, Kayla Yup
Yale Scientific Magazine Advisory Board
Kurt Zilm, Chair
Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics
Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
Child Study Center
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Geology & Geophysics, Mathematics & Physics
History of Science & History of Medicine
Elissa Dunn Levy
Yale Science & Engineering Association