2018 Summer Scholars Workshop Instructors

Evan Anderson, Graduate Student in Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Class of 2019 

Evan is rising 2nd year graduate student in Cellular & Molecular Physiology at Yale. He graduated from St. Olaf College in 2013 with a degree in chemistry and math, although he started school as a double bass performance major. Undergraduate research experiences in biomedical sciences piqued Evan’s interest in scientific research as a career. Currently, he studies the molecular basis of heat and touch sensitivity in Slav Bagriantsev’s lab. Outside of lab, you can find Evan playing bass with the Yale Medical Symphony Orchestra, cycling, and playing softball or Frisbee in the graduate/professional school IM league.

Sviatoslav “Slav” Bagriantsev, Assistant Professor of Cellular And Molecular Physiology

I graduated from the Moscow State University with a Master’s degree in Biology in 2001, and joined a graduate program in the biological sciences at the University of Illinois in Chicago the same year. During that time, I studied infectious proteins called ‘prions’ using biochemical methods, under the supervision of Prof. Susan Liebman. After obtaining my PhD in 2006, I joined the group of Prof. Daniel Minor at the University of California San Francisco in 2008 to study ion channels—the molecules that are crucial for conducting electrical signal in our nervous system. In 2012, I became an Assistant Professor at the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology at Yale School of Medicine. My laboratory focuses on understanding the molecular basis of mechanosensitivity in the skin. We seek to understand how we feel and discriminate between a gentle touch, light brush or a painful punch, and want molecules help us do.

Sarah Slavoff, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry

Sarah was born and raised in small-town Elmer, NJ. After studying chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Maryland, College Park and MIT, she did her postdoctoral study at Harvard, developing new ways to study the human genome. She has been in the Yale Chemistry Department since 2014. In her spare time, Sarah loves travel and food, and she collects indie nail polish.

Nicholas Talotta

Nick Talotta teaches English and writing at Watkinson School in West Hartford. He has also taught music and coached some basketball over the past few years. He isn’t terribly comfortable talking about himself, but he loves getting to know his students and working with them on expressing their ideas and voices.

Benjamin Oldfield, Postdoctoral Fellow

Benjamin Oldfield is a pediatrician and an internist, as well as a public health research fellow in the National Clinician Scholars Program at Yale. He studies the ways that social, economic, and other structural forces contribute to good or poor health for individuals and communities. He looks forward to working with high school students as co-researchers in various projects, including this one.

William BoosAssociate Professor of Geology and Geophysics

William’s research focuses on the fluid dynamics of Earth’s tropical atmosphere. One emphasis is monsoon circulations, which deliver water to billions of people in socially vulnerable, agricultural economies. Despite the importance of monsoon rainfall, there is no established theory that explains the observed variability of monsoons, and climate models make disparate predictions for next-century changes in monsoon rainfall. In his work, William pays particular attention to the treatment of phase changes of water that result in precipitation, as the interaction between precipitation and planetary-scale flow is one of the central unresolved problems of tropical meteorology. To this end, William combines theory, observational analyses, and numerical models, frequently using computationally intensive, high-resolution simulations to explicitly represent precipitating atmospheric convection.

Christine Broadbridge, CRISP Education Director & SCSU Director of STEM Initiatives

Christine Broadbridge received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Engineering from Brown University where she conducted research in the fields of materials science, semiconductor electronics and solid-state physics. She has expertise in the areas of surface science, nano-materials as well as electron microscopy. While at Trinity College, she established a materials processing and characterization facility. She also founded and directed the United Technologies/Trinity College Engineering Initiative (UTCEI), a program designed to enhance the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in engineering and science. In January of 1998, Dr. Broadbridge was appointed Visiting Fellow at Yale University and in September of 2000 she joined the Physics Department at SCSU. In 2005 Christine took on the role of Education Director for the newly established CRISP. Examples of her national public service include her role as Chair of the MRSEC Education Director’s network as well as New England Zone Councilor and Diversity.

Melanie Bauer, Camp Counselor-Instructional

Melanie received her B.A. in Psychology from New College of Florida and her M.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. Her favorite job experiences have been in informal science education and science outreach. She currently works at Wilbur Cross High School doing career development and counseling with students, along with the Peabody Museum, New Haven Science Fair Program, and Yale/SCSU CRISP’s Education & Outreach program.

Luke Burkhart, Graduate Student in Physics, Class of 2020

Luke is a Ph.D. student in Applied Physics. He works on building parts for a new kind of computer (called a quantum computer). If such a computer could be built, it could harness the laws of quantum mechanics to perform computations and solve problems that even the best modern computers are unable to manage. We could also use a quantum computer to simulate (and understand!) physical systems too complex to ever be fully modeled with any ordinary computer, allowing us to learn more about materials with the potential to revolutionize our world. Outside of the lab, Luke enjoys the art of cooking more than the science of baking.

Veronica Galvin, Graduate Student in Neuroscience, Class of 2020

Veronica is a PhD student in Neuroscience at Yale University, and completed her B.A.S. at Quest University Canada in British Columbia. Her graduate research is focused on the role of a particular neurotransmitter and one class of its receptors in working memory circuits in the prefrontal cortex. Her interests are cognition and thought, and how these processes may be disrupted in various neurological diseases or conditions. Since starting graduate school, Veronica has been an active member, and leader, of the Yale Neuroscience Outreach Group, and in March of 2017 helped organize Brain Education Day. She is also a board member for Women In Science At Yale (WISAY), which runs events for undergraduate students, graduate students, post docs, and faculty at Yale for career development, diversity issues in STEM fields, and has a large mentorship program. Outside of science, Veronica loves to spend time with friends and family, hike, snowboard, cook and bake, and is always up for an adventure!

Dibs Datta, Postdoctoral Associate

Dibyadeep (Dibs) Datta received his B.A. in Neuroscience from Colgate University and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. Dibs’ primary focus is to understand the cellular, molecular and circuit disturbances in higher-order brain regions that are particularly affected in neuropsychiatric (e.g., schizophrenia) and neurodegenerative (e.g., Alzheimer’s disease) disorders. He has expertise in various techniques such as laser microdissection of cells to capture genomic alterations and histology to understand morphological changes. While at the University of Pittsburgh, Dibs’ was an integral member of the Center for Neuroscience Outreach Committee to spread knowledge to the public and students about the importance of neuroscience research and the relevance to mental health disorders. Throughout his higher education, Dibs has been a major advocate for underrepresented minorities and individuals of varying cultural backgrounds in the basic biomedical sciences. In January 2016, Dibs joined the Department of Neuroscience at Yale University as a Postdoctoral Associate and is primarily focused on understanding the prefrontal cortex, the brain region that is essential for cognitive function. Beyond life in academia, Dibs is extremely passionate about a myriad of different activities ranging from the Arts, traveling, music and sports.

Lynn E. Fiellin, Associate Professor of Medicine

Lynn E. Fiellin, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine and at the Yale Child Study Center. Her research focuses on developing and testing novel intervention models to promote health and reduce risk in vulnerable populations. She has received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the NIH, HRSA, Women’s Health Research at Yale, and the Dartmouth Center for Technology and Behavioral Health. With a five-year grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, she and her team developed and tested an interactive mobile videogame, PlayForward: Elm City Stories, for the purpose of risk reduction and HIV prevention in young teens. With this project she created and now directs the play2PREVENT (p2P) Lab at Yale, which is a member of the White House’s Academic Consortium for Games for Impact and the Higher Education Video Game Alliance. p2P builds collaborations and partnerships between researchers, educators, commercial game developers, and community-based organizations with the goal of developing and rigorously testing innovative, effective, and targeted game interventions for risk reduction and prevention in youth and young adults.

Kimberly Hieftje, Associate Research Scientist in Medicine

Dr. Hieftje’s research interests primarily focus on health promotion and behavior change through game technology. Dr. Hieftje is an Associate Research Scientist at Yale University, School of Medicine, where she is currently involved in several videogame projects. She is the Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games and the play2PREVENT Lab at Yale. At the center and lab, Dr. Hieftje is part of a team that develops and evaluates videogames that focus on health, education, behavior change, and social intelligence. She also plays games in her spare time with her husband, who owns his own videogame company.

Ashley Gard, Graduate Student in Engineering & Applied Science, Class of 2019

Ashley is a PhD student of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University whose graduate research is focused on cardiovascular & pulmonary tissue engineering. One day she hopes to create a lab-grown lung that is appropriate for humans who are in need of a lung transplant. In addition to being a student, Ashley is also the “REU & Curriculum Support Specialist” for the Yale Center for Interface Structures and Phenomena (CRISP), where she works to develop STEM educational outreach and professional development opportunities for K-12, college students, and faculty in the greater New Haven area. Outside of lab, Ashley spends her time as an outdoor enthusiast – hiking tall mountains, snowboarding, and cycling. Ashley’s greatest obsession is traveling around the world and learning about different cultures, and her favorite international locations to visit are in Scandinavia. Besides traveling, Ashley also likes to listen to music, make homemade ice cream, knit, and spend time with friends and family.

Ziad Ganim, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Ziad works with a research group that is interested in mechanistic studies of chemical reactions at the single molecule level. Single molecule force manipulation and optical detection have revolutionized biophysics by characterizing states and kinetics traditionally obscured in ensemble averages; the development of single molecule vibrational spectroscopies will provide the structural resolution necessary to extend these tools to study chemical processes such as bond formation and dissociation, charge transfer, and ligand exchange.

Tyra Pendergrass, Graduate Student in Environmental Management, Class of 2017

Tyra Pendergrass received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Howard University and her Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University. While at Yale, Tyra addressed issues of food access in New Haven by researching local perceptions regarding access to healthy foods in the city. The results from this research contributed to a social marketing campaign to increase awareness about fresh foods where access was scarce. In her position as Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist for a national children’s environmental health study, she identified and maintained partnerships with over 50 community organizations throughout New Haven County. Tyra is also a 2013 Connecticut Health Foundation Health Leader Fellow, through which she completed a team project that focused on practically connecting communities and policy makers to enact system level change with regards to health equity. She has also worked with children in a multitude of capacities; previously serving as assistant director for an afterschool program, coordinator and assistant director for an environmental summer camp, and serving as a mentor through the Big Brother, Big Sister Program.

Elena Gracheva, Assistant Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology and of Neuroscience

Elena obtained a Master’s degree in Biology from the Moscow State University in 2001. In 2002, she joined a graduate program in the biological sciences at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In the laboratory of Prof. Janet Richmond, Elena studied the ultrastructure of synapses—the parts of the neuronal cells which transmit information to other types of cells in our nervous system. Shortly after obtaining her PhD in 2006, Elena joined the laboratory of Prof. David Julius at the University of California San Francisco in 2008. During that time, she worked on understanding how animals sense infrared light, and discovered fascinating molecules that allow bats and infrared-sensing snakes to find their prey in the dark. In 2012, Elena became an Assistant Professor at the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology at Yale School of Medicine. Her laboratory works on understanding the molecular basis of thermoregulation and thermosensitivity.  Elena studies the 13-lined ground squirrels, which hibernate most of the year, and which hold secrets to how our body senses environmental, as well as internal temperature.

Lydia Hoffstaetter, Graduate Student in Neuroscience, Class of 2018

I received a BA degree in Biological Sciences and Philosophy from Cornell University. During my time as an undergraduate I worked in several labs where I studied questions ranging from plant genetics, proteins that allow light perception in the retina, and seasonal variations in the vocalizations of fish. After college, I came to Yale University to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. My research in Dr. Elena Gracheva’s lab focuses on how the sensations of pain and temperature are altered during hibernation.

Carol Jenkins, CRISP Education & Outreach Coordinator

Carol Jenkins received her B.S. in Physics from Southern Connecticut State University in 2013. Her undergraduate research focused on the synthesis and characterization of carbon nanotubes. In 2012 she started as the Nanotech student lab manager and TEM Sample Preparation Specialist, working with complex oxides and bulk metallic glass samples. Carol has been the Education and Outreach coordinator for CRISP for two years. This is her second year with Pathways Scholars and is super excited to meet the 2015 students!

Jill Kelly, Graduate Student in Forestry & Environmental Studies, Class of 2019

Jill Kelly is a doctoral student in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental  Studies. Her work uses laser measurements of the heights of trees (lidar) to estimate the biomass of forests — an indicator of the amount of carbon stored in all the leaves, branches and trunks of the trees. As a consultant for the Yale Statlab, she also helps other members of the Yale community with geographic information systems (GIS), computer programming, and statistics. Jill received a B.S. in mathematics from Yale and an M.A. in geography from UConn. She is a life-long resident of Connecticut, and her three children attend New Haven public schools.

Konrad Kaczmarek, Assistant Professor of Music

Konrad is a composer, musician, and programmer whose music incorporates live audio processing and improvisation, drawing freely from his diverse musical and technical background. He received a B.A. in music from Yale, an MMus in electronic music composition from University of London, Goldsmiths, and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in composition at Princeton. He has held teaching positions at Yale University, The New School University, The College of New Jersey, and Harvestworks Studio in New York.

Judith J. Katz, Lead Creative Writing teacher at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School

Judith is the Lead Teacher for Creative Writing at the Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School (Coop) in New Haven,  Connecticut where her signature courses focus on writing poetry. Her work has been published in several print and online publications including: “The New Sound Journal,” “Of Sun and Sand Anthology,” “Storm Cycle: The Best of Kind of a Hurricane Press 2013,” “Sending Our Condolences,” and for the “Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute.” She was recently a runner up for the “Kind of a Hurricane Press 2013 Editor’s Choice Award.” She has helped hundreds of seniors write college essays they feel good about.

Smita Gopinath, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Gopinath is a postdoctoral associate in the Iwasaki Lab at Yale’s Department of Immunobiology, where she studies host-pathogen interactions at mucosal surfaces. Her ongoing research points to a new approach to protecting women against viral infection including Zika virus. Her graduate studies at the Monack lab at Stanford University focused on understanding “superspreaders” - infected individuals who, like Typhoid Mary, don’t show any symptoms but can spread infection to many more people. Prior to Stanford, she studied English and Biology at Mount Holyoke College and she remains an avid reader of comic books and science fiction.

Punya Biswal

Mr. Biswal is a software engineer at Asapp, where he builds web and mobile chat systems that use machine learning techniques to improve the customer support experience. From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Biswal worked at Palantir, helping bring the power of data integration and visualization to the most important private and public organizations of the world. Prior to Palantir, his academic research at the University of Washington lay at the intersection of math and computer science, trying to understand how to use linear algebra to understand large scale structures in networks. Mr. Biswal did his undergraduate studies at MIT, where he learned how to reliably cook a meal for 35 people.

Sharif Kronemer, Graduate Student in Biology & Biomedical Science, Class of 2021

Sharif is a neuroscience PhD student at Yale University. He received a masters degree in cognitive neuroscience from the University College London and a bachelor degree from Ohio Wesleyan University. Sharif is most interested in studying consciousness and belief formation using neuroimaging. Sharif has also led and published research on HIV, drug addiction, and risky behaviors at Johns Hopkins University. Outside the laboratory, Sharif loves to run. As an undergraduate, he was nationally ranked in the 800 and 8000-meter runs. 

Jack Kronengold, Associate Research Scientist in Pharmacology

Neuroscience Instructor Dr. Jack Kronengold graduated from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University School of Medicine in the Department of Pharmacology. He has been a lecturer and teaching fellow in the undergraduate Neurobiology and Neurobiology Laboratory courses at Yale. He studies potassium channels and how they contribute to different firing patterns in the brain in health and disease.

Alex Parobek, Graduate Student in Chemistry, Class of 2020

Alex Parobek grew up in Northwest Indiana just outside the city of Chicago before moving to Lafayette, IN to pursue a B.S. in chemistry at Purdue University. There he helped to develop an award-winning bio-degradable fireworks casing for the Indiana Corn and Soybean Alliance Student Innovation Competition and went on later to spend a semester of research at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. After finishing his degree, Alex was admitted to Yale University where he currently is pursuing a PhD in physical chemistry as a graduate student in the Ganim Laboratory. Alex’s research in the Ganim Lab involves constructing and utilizing new innovative laser systems to study chemical reactions at the single molecule level. Outside of the lab, Alex enjoys creative writing and cycling.

Kenny Jung, Graduate Student in Chemistry, Class of 2020

Kenny Jung was born and raised in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. His undergraduate career began at San Juan Community College in his hometown of Farmington and ended at New Mexico State University where he received his B.S. in chemistry with a minor in physics. Upon graduating he accepted an offer from Yale University to pursue his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry. He is currently working in Victor Batista’s lab studying chemical reaction dynamics through novel mapping techniques. Since his time as a graduate student he has traveled to Switzerland, Russia and China. When not buried in research or traveling Kenny enjoys hiking, tennis, and escape rooms.

Marco Mastrotto, Postdoctorial Associate

I obtained my bachelor degree at the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy. During that time, I worked in Dr. Monica Forni’s laboratory, studying how to detect acute bacterial infection when it is in an early stage. I pursued my doctoral degree at the Physiology Department of the University of Bologna, working under the supervision of Dr. Roberto Amici. During this period, I studied REM sleep in rats and how it is connected to the ability to control body temperature. I joined Dr. Elena Gracheva’s laboratory for my post-doctoral degree in order to continue to work on hypothermia. Here, we are studying thirteen-lined ground squirrels, which can spontaneously lower their body to 40°F and stay at that temperature for months.

Viktor Feketa, Postdoctoral Associate

I completed an MD degree at Uzhhorod National University, Ukraine, in 2009 and subsequently entered the PhD program in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Cardiovascular Sciences Track, at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. During my PhD studies in the laboratory of Dr. Sean Marrelli, I investigated novel pharmacological strategies for induction of therapeutic hypothermia, a promising new treatment modality for hypoxic brain injury. In 2016, I joined the laboratory of Dr. Elena Gracheva at Yale University as a postdoctoral associate. My current project explores the physiological and molecular adaptations to deep hypothermia in mammalian hibernators.

Daniel Martin, Graduate Student in Chemistry 2021

Daniel grew up in North Carolina, where he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and got his degree in Chemistry.  He’s currently pursuing his PhD in the same discipline, with focuses on electrochemistry and alternative energies.  Growing up, he was an adventurer (until he took an arrow to the knee); however, he currently spends his free time as an amateur tinkerer and engineer, often using weekends to annoy his neighbors with backyard-woodshop projects.  He’s very excited to get involved with Pathways and to pass along his enthusiasm for science!

Vanessa Matos-Cruz, Postdoctoral Associate

I studied my bachelor’s degree at University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. During that time I worked in Dr. García-Arrarás laboratory studying intestinal regeneration in sea cucumbers. These animals can expel their internal organs when stressed and regenerate them in approximately a month. I pursued my doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Dr. Marnie Halpern and Dr. Samer Hattar. During my doctoral work I identified and characterized a group of proteins in the zebra fish retina and other tissues that detect light and set the biological clock. I decided to join Dr. Gracheva’s laboratory for my post-doctoral work where I use a mammalian hibernator, the 13-lined ground squirrel to study cold sensation and thermoregulation.

Yael Granot, Research Scholar

Yael Granot is a social psychologist and post-doctoral researcher at Yale Law School, where she works for the Justice Collaboratory. At Yale, she studies adolescent perceptions (like yours) of the criminal justice system. She is exploring how the increasing police presence in schools influences the development of adolescents’ relationships to police. Yael received her BA from Vassar College and her PhD in social psychology from New York University, where her research used eye-tracking technology to measure how people watch and make legal decisions about video evidence in different ways. Her pursuit of psychology began with one short high school class elective, and she is excited to offer a similar experience to Pathways students this summer!

Michael Grome, Graduate Student in Cell Biology, Class of 2019

Michael Grome received his B.S. degrees in Plant Molecular Biology and Natural Resource Management from Cornell University. He is currently studying DNA Nanotechnology in Chenxiang Lin’s Lab as a PhD student within the Cellular Biology Department at Yale University. His previous research experience focused primarily on genetic engineering in plants, as well as biological control in genomically recoded bacteria. He also holds great academic interest in science communication, cultural perceptions, and epistemology.

Alexandria Moore, Graduate Student in Forestry & Environmental Studies, Class of 2019

Alex Moore is a graduate student in the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where she studies restoration ecology of New England coastal wetlands. Although Alex has spent plenty of time on the east coast, she is originally from the Midwest and calls Michigan her home. Outside of academia, Alex has a passion for tennis (even though she doesn’t know how to play), she loves to discover new music artists just before they’ve made it big, and aspires to travel the world and experience how different life can be outside of the U.S. Until then, Alex is incredibly happy to focus on her research and gain insight into the best ways that we can conserve and restore natural ecosystems here, and across the globe.

Nandan Pandit, Graduate Student in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Class of 2020 

Nandan’s interest in biology began in an AP biology class that focused on why and how biological phenomena occurred. Nandan enjoyed biology so much that he decided to major in Molecular and Cell Biology and graduated from the University of Connecticut (go huskies!) in 2014. Nandan always loved building and designing things with Legos, K’nex, autoCAD etc. and this interest has easily translated to biology. Nandan’s research interests began in cell biology, but he quickly realized that he was more interested in learning about the mechanical properties within biology at a molecular and physical level. Nandan joined the Biophysics department at Yale University as a graduate student and he is now pursuing a PhD in Biophysics in the De La Cruz lab. In the lab, Nandan studies mechanical properties of cytoskeletons. The cytoskeleton is important to understand how cells gain their shape, motility, and many other important biological functions. Outside of the lab, Nandan loves playing sports like racquetball, squash, and ultimate Frisbee. He also enjoy computer games, Xbox, and board games with friends. Nandan is a huge fan of alternative rock and he is starting a band! He also loves talking about different sciences with scientists and students from different fields because interdisciplinary research is very exciting to him.

Jennifer Peper, Graduate Student in Chemistry, Class of 2020

Jennifer Peper was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Indiana University where her primary undergraduate research interests included small molecule activation and molecular catalyst design. When she began graduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle, her research focus shifted to catalytic applications of semiconductor nanomaterials. Now working towards finishing her PhD in the chemistry department at Yale, her research goals include developing a clearer understanding of fundamental redox reactions at titanium dioxide nanoparticles. This research may shed light on the development of more complicated TiO2 systems, including dye-sensitized solar cells.

Trude Storelvmo, Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics 

I am an atmospheric scientist, focusing my research on the role of aerosol particles and clouds on Earth’s energy budget. I am particularly interested in how aerosol particles affect climate by acting as cloud condensation nuclei and ice nuclei. These so called indirect aerosol effects on climate are currently the most uncertain and least understood forces of climate change, and will represent a tremendous challenge to the scientific community in years to come.

Mary-Louise Timmermans, Associate Professor of Geology and Geophysics 

Mary-Louise is an oceanographer. She investigates the physics of the oceans to understand how they flow and transport heat and salt around the globe. Her research focus is on the Arctic Ocean, which is covered by sea ice for most of the year. She analyzes Arctic Ocean measurements to study how the ocean relates to sea ice and climate. Mary-Louise also enjoys doing hands-on laboratory experiments with water, salt, and ice to explore how the Arctic Ocean works.

Larry Wilen, Senior Research Scientist in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Larry is a physicist whose research interests include studies of frost heave, ice cores, and acoustics. He got his B.S. in physics from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University. After teaching and pursuing research at Ohio University for ~9 years, he worked at Unilever Research as a research scientist and managing the Materials Science group. He came to Yale 2 ½ years ago to work in the Center for Engineering Innovation and Design as a Design Mentor and Lecturer. Leveraging his expertise in physical acoustics, he partnered with Konrad Kaczmarek from the Dept. of Music to create a new Yale course on Musical Acoustics and Instrument Design. In his spare time, Larry enjoys playing the accordion, biking, windsurfing, and sailing.

Catherine Wise, Graduate Student in Chemistry, Class of 2021

Catherine was born in Richmond, Virginia. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The College of William and Mary in 2015. Her undergraduate research primarily focused on developing molecular catalysts for electro- and photocatalytic proton reduction. Now working towards a PhD at Yale University, Catherine is studying oxygen reduction by iron porphyrin catalysts. The reduction of oxygen to water is a critical reaction in fuel cell technology, so understanding the properties of catalysts that perform this reaction may provide insight into ways to improve fuel cell efficiency.