About YSM

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.

2021 YSM Masthead

Managing Team

Isabella Li

Editor-in-Chief

Isabella Li (JE ’22) has spent her past three years with Yale Scientific telling stories as a staff writer, copy editor, and section editor. At Yale, she studies molecular biology and the history of science and medicine. She is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is passionate about oatmeal, fruit, and podcasts.

James Han

Managing Editor

Hannah Ro

Managing Editor

Editorial Team

Maria Fernanda Pacheco

Articles Editor

Maria Fernanda Pacheco is a sophomore in Grace Hopper College hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At Yale, she is a Neuroscience major and part of the Global Health Studies Program. Outside of the YSM, she is the Yale Daily News beat reporter for the Yale New Haven Health system, a Community Health Educator in the Mental Health group, a mentor at the East Rock Record, and a research assistant at the Yale School of Public Health. In her free time, you can find her binge-reading magical realist novels, running around New Haven or FaceTiming her little brothers!

Cindy Kuang

Features 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 and co-director of programming for Resonance. Outside of YSM, she volunteers for HAVEN Free Clinic’s Social Services department, plans social events for CASA, and attempts to dance in Danceworks. In whatever time is left, she loves poetry and creative writing, Bass library naps, Spotify playlists, Awake chocolates, and caffeine.

Nithyashri Baskaran

Special Sections Editor

Nithy Baskaran (BF ’22) is a junior from the Bay Area majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, with interests in cell signaling and microbiology. Outside of YSM, she writes patients’ life stories through Living History Project and tells her own at Telltale shows. This year, she hopes to spend time rediscovering campus on rollerblades and crocheting hats for all who will take them.

Jenny Tan

News Editor

Jenny Tan (SY ’23) is a Chemistry major from northern Virginia. She has served as the Business team Operations Manager, helped plan Resonance, and has been a staff writer since her first year. Outside of YSM, Jenny is looking forward to conducting research under the Miller group in the Chemistry department. She is also involved in the Yale Daily News business team, CASA, and Yale’s Piano Collective. In her free time, Jenny indulges in grandma hobbies such as embroidery, baking, and crocheting.

Meili Gupta

Online Editor

Meili Gupta is a first-year student from Bethesda, MD and in the lovely Trumbull College. She is a prospective Computer Science major and is also interested in Statistics & Data Science. She loves to play the violin for the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Find her getting in debates with her twin sister, watching new movies, and exploring New Haven.

Cathleen Liang

Online Editor

Cathleen Liang (SM ‘24) is a prospective Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major from Las Vegas, Nevada. Her academic interest involves medicine and global health, something she plans to pursue as a career. Outside of YSM, Cathleen is a part of the Roosevelt Institute for public health and Engineers Without Borders. She also volunteers at her local hospital as well as works as a medical scribe. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, binging Netflix, and curling up to a good book.

Christina Hijiya

Scope Editor

Christina is a junior in Davenport College studying HSHM and Global Health Studies, and is also an MPH candidate in the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at the Yale School of Public Health. She is originally from Chicago, but currently lives in New York City. Outside of YSM, Christina does infectious disease research, volunteers at HAVEN Free Clinic, writes poetry with WORD, and is a Japanese language TF. In her free time, Christina loves to cook, read novels, and dabble in embroidery and crocheting.

Tai Michaels

Scope Editor

Tai Michaels (GH ’23) is an Environmental Studies? and MCDB? major from Los Angeles-ish, California. He has been with YSM for 1 year in person, 1 year online, and 125 years in spirit. Outside of YSM, he is part of the Iwasaki lab and YUSO, loves potted plants, thinks bell peppers are underrated, and believes that there is no such thing as too many pens.

Beatriz Horta

Newsletter Editor

Beatriz Horta (TC ’23) is a Psychology major on the Neuroscience track from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Outside of YSM, she works at the Clinical Affective Neuroscience & Development Lab with Dr. Dylan Gee, writes for the Scitech desk of the Yale Daily News, and volunteers with Project Access. In her free time, she is usually binge-watching Netflix shows, facetiming her dog and baby sister and drinking absurd amounts of coffee.

Brianna Fernandez

Copy Editor

Brianna is a sophomore in Pierson College majoring in Astrophysics. 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 watching new movies.

Alex Dong

Copy Editor

Alex Dong is a first-year in Benjamin Franklin College from Calgary, AB, Canada. He is a prospective Biomedical Engineering major who is also a participant in the Directed Studies program. Outside of the YSM, he is a Senator for the Yale College Council and writes free verse poetry for The Yale Layer, Yale’s student-run mental health publication. In his free time, you can find him climbing, reading, playing spikeball, or vibing to Noah Kahan.

Hannah Huang

Copy Editor

Hannah Huang grew up in Iowa and is a first-year 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 Yale Undergraduate Research Association and the Davenport College Council. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys watching House and reading well-written narrative nonfiction.

Production Team

Ishani Singh

Production Manager


Ishani Singh (GH ‘23+1) is from South Florida. She is interested in the intersections of the sciences, public health, and public policy. Outside of the Yale Scientific, she dives on the Yale Women’s Swimming and Diving team, researches endothelial cells in the Greco Lab, tutors underserved high schoolers in New Haven, and designs for various other student publications. In her free time, you can find her hanging out in the Hopper buttery, napping on a random couch, or looking for ice cream and Asian food around New Haven.

AnMei Little

Layout Editor

AnMei Little (MC ’22) is a biomedical engineering major from Nashville, Tennessee. She has been involved with the magazine as a writer and illustrator and is excited to contribute to layout and design. She conducts neuroscience research in the Turk-Browne Lab and is an intern at DICOM Director, a medical imaging company. When she’s not playing soccer with the Yale Women’s Club I Soccer team, she loves to bake, travel, and binge-watch criminal minds.

Catherine Zheng

Layout Editor

Catherine Zheng (MY ’23) is a Biomedical Engineering major from Los Angeles, California. In addition to writing for YSM, she’s involved in research on campus and various other organizations such as CASA and Yale Undergraduate Science Olympiad. She enjoys going out to eat with her friends, (especially for boba), watching TV, and reading.

Elaine Cheng

Arts Editor

Elaine is a sophomore in Branford College from Bethesda, Maryland. She is majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and pursuing a certificate in East Asian Languages. Outside of YSM, she is a part of the Yale Ballroom Dance Team and teaches for Community Health Educators. Besides her passion for all things science and art, she also enjoys baking and video games.

Crystal Xu

Photo Editor

Crystal Xu is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is a prospective chemistry major who hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. Outside of YSM, she volunteers as a Yale EMT, conducts biochemistry research, and helps prepare taxes with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance). In her free time, she enjoys training for half marathons, editing her sister’s photos, and eating new foods.

Sophia Zhao

Cover Artist

Sophia is a second-year in Pauli Murray college from Newark, Delaware. She is interested in studying molecular biology and the medical humanities. Outside of the Scientific, she is involved with the Yale Global Health Review, Yale Undergraduate Science Olympiad, and research at the medical school. In her free time, she enjoys painting and poetry.

Business Team

Jared Gould

Publisher

Jared is a first-year student in Pauli Murray College planning to major 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. In addition to his role as Publisher for YSM, he is also on the board of Y-Bioincubate and a member of Yale Data4Humanity 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.

Brian Li

Operations Manager

Brian is a first-year in Saybrook College from Westchester, New York. He is a prospective Mathematics & Philosophy major interested in the study of logic and bioethics. Alongside YSM, he is a member of the Yale Dramatic Association as a Props Designer. In his free time, he enjoys drawing and sculpting.

Sophia Zhuang

Advertising Manager

Sophia Zhuang (BK ’23) is a prospective History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology double major from Plainsboro, New Jersey. She has written for YSM and was a content organizer for COVID Catch-Up. Outside of YSM, she is a member of the Women’s Fencing Team. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants, art, and eating fruit.

Lauren Chong

Subscriptions Manager

Lauren is a first-year in Silliman College planning on majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Outside of YSM, she is involved with the Yale Undergraduate Research Journal, Matriculate, Resonance, and other publications. Staying true to her Southern Californian roots, you can probably find her at a boba shop or the beach.

Synapse Team

Alice Zhang

Co-President

Alice is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College from the Los Angeles suburbia. She is double majoring in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Anthropology, and is particularly interested in the intersection between science and culture when tackling issues of medicine and health inequity. Outside of YSM, you can find her volunteering around New Haven, picking up and giving up new hobbies, dabbling in photography, attempting to learn new languages, and stressing out in the lab.

Sophia Li

Co-President

Sophia Li (PM ’24) is double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and English. Having previously served as Director of Programming for Synapse, she is excited to work with high school students in sharing her love for all things STEM. Sophia also conducts immunology research studying combinatorial CAR T cell therapy and works in the healthcare startup, RecoverWe, focused on making a Telehealth application for patients struggling with addiction. Sophia also loves creative writing and performs spoken word in the groups JookSongs. In her free time, you can find her playing volleyball, sketching, or diligently watering her only succulent.

Blake Bridge

Vice President

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.

Jared Gould

Synapse Vice President

Jared is a first-year student in Pauli Murray College planning to major 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. In addition to his role as Publisher for YSM, he is also on the board of Y-Bioincubate and a member of Yale Data4Humanity to further explore his biotechnology, data science, and business interests.

Sophie Edelstein

Synapse Events Coordinator

Sophie Edelstein (MY ’23) is a molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and history of science, medicine, and public health double major from New Haven, CT. Outside of YSM, she does tissue engineering research in the Niklason Lab, is a community health educator, a member of the CBIT Healthcare Hackathon executive committee, and a Yale Undergraduate Research Association (YURA) board member where she helps organize research showcase events at Yale and beyond. When she’s not running around campus, you can find her on leisurely runs around East Rock, sipping black coffee, or trying to nail down the latest hit by The Strokes on guitar.

Athena Stenor

Synapse Outreach Coordinator

Hailing from Brooklyn, Athena is a third year chemical engineering major in Timothy Dwight College. She’s interested in racial justice and the intersection of chemical engineering with healthcare and medicine. Having written articles for YSM since her first year at Yale, she is excited to contribute to both the publication and the New Haven community by being this year’s outreach coordinator. Outside of YSM, Athena is involved with the Black Solidarity Conference, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and laboratory research.

Anavi Uppal

Synapse Outreach Coordinator

Anavi Uppal is a first-year in Pierson College from Orlando, Florida. She plans on majoring in astrophysics, and is also considering double majoring in computer science. Anavi is passionate about science outreach, and is a science teacher with Yale’s Demos. As an Outreach Coordinator for Synapse, she hopes to inspire others to see the beauty in science. In her free time, you can find her doing astrophotography, practicing on the archery range, playing piano, watching Star Trek, and listening to Coldplay.

Nadean Alnajjar

Outreach Coordinator

Web Team

Matt Tu

Web Manager

Matt Tu is a Computer Science major from Briarcliff Manor, NY. He has done research on clinical neuroscience, and worked on developing operating systems last summer. Recently, he has been working on making Yale Scientific more web accessible by revamping its website. Outside YSM, he enjoys exercising, music, and making memes.

Brett Jennings

Web Developer

Brett is a junior in Benjamin Franklin College from Southwest Missouri. She is a Political Science and Computer Science major with an interest in intellectual property and patent law. Outside of Yale Scientific, she enjoys teaching computer science to local students with Code Haven and volunteering with the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association. In her free time, she enjoys watching period dramas on Netflix and listening to music.

Eten Uket

Web Publisher

Siena Cizdziel

Web Designer

Siena is a sophomore in Davenport College from Oxford, MS. She is a prospective computer science major with a love for the life sciences! In the past, she has written and photographed for YSM and is thrilled to continue helping manage and design the website for the second year in a row. Outside of Zoom classes and lots of coding, you can find her going on hikes, playing board games, or reading a good fantasy novel.

Megan He

Social Media Coordinator

Megan is a junior in Pauli Murray College from Ann Arbor, Michigan and is double majoring in Environmental Engineering and Global Affairs. Outside of YSM, she conducts research on atmospheric aerosols and air quality in the Gentner Lab. In addition, she is an engineering Tour Guide and a social media producer for the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. In her free time, Megan enjoys running to East Rock while listening to podcasts (any kind!).

Senior Staff Writers

Britt Bistis

Rayyan Darji

Alex Dong

Raquel Sequeria

Anavi Uppal

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