2018 Residential & Teaching Assistants

Cindy Xue, Yale College Class of 2017

Cindy graduated from Yale this past May with a degree in Cognitive Science, but her real passion lies in the field of education. She is originally from Buffalo, New York, though she moved nine times before entering high school and has lived in a total of ten municipalities across four countries. Outside of the classroom, Cindy tutors for the MathCounts after school program in New Haven middle schools and plays violin in the Yale Symphony Orchestra. In her free time, you can find her on the grass doing yoga, knitting, or reading fiction.

Emily Wu, Yale College Class of 2017

At Yale, Emily double majored in Linguistics and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. She will be attending dental school this fall. During college, she was involved with community service and mindfulness/meditation. Her favorite nonacademic activity was preparing taxes for people in the spring (seriously). She is from many places. In her free time, she listens to podcasts and watches a lot of food videos.

Hudson Lee, Yale College Class of 2019

Hudson is a rising junior at Yale from Cheshire, CT majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He’s pursuing a premedical track, and hopes to enroll in an MD-PhD program after graduation. This summer, Hudson is performing biomedical engineering research at the medical school, giving tours as a Yale Science Tour Guide, volunteering at the HAVEN Free Clinic, and (sadly) studying for the MCAT. Some of Hudson’s other pursuits during the academic year include singing with his a cappella group the Spizzwinks, doing Taekwondo at the Payne-Whitney Gym, and catching up on sleep.

Mary Edgington, Yale College Class of 2018

Mary is a rising Senior at Yale studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She is from a small town in Michigan and is a First-Generation college student. After graduation, Mary hopes to pursue a PhD in Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Technologies. When she isn’t in the research lab developing regenerative tissue therapies, Mary is cartwheeling down the football field and basketball court as a member of the Yale Cheerleading Team. She also works as a Spanish tutor at Yale’s Center for Language Study. For fun, she likes to play video games and paint works of art.

Melanie Brady, Graduate Student in Neuroscience, Class of 2020

Melanie is a graduate student at Yale in Neuroscience. She is from New Jersey, and if she could, would spend all her free time at Six Flags riding every roller coaster possible. She graduated from Wesleyan University, CT, and received her Master’s from Vanderbilt University, TN, (she clearly loved Connecticut too much to stay away any longer). Melanie is a first generation college graduate, and the first in her family to pursue an advanced degree. Melanie currently conducts stem cell research on Tourette Syndrome and enjoys presenting her research around the world. She loves to teach and mentor students, so she was a TA for the Yale Summer Medical and Dental Education Program for the past two summers. Melanie may be caught singing and dancing at any moment, and enjoys painting. She loves Disney movies and believes Olaf is her spirit animal.

Andrew Kilby, Yale College Class of 2018

Andrew Kilby is a senior in Stiles College at Yale. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where he likes to kayak with his dog Eddie. He studies Physics at Yale, and although he would like to stress that he’s not a nerd, can be found coming up with headache-inducing problems and solving them for no good reason. Andrew is the captain of Yale’s Climbing Team and loves working at the local climbing gym putting up climbing routes, and he also likes to volunteer with Yale’s undergraduate organization Hear Your Song by writing songs with pediatric hospital patients and recording them with other Yale musicians. He eats very slowly, and his friends hate him for it. 

Annie Gonzalez, Graduate Student in Neuroscience, Class of 2022

Aneysis Gonzalez (a.k.a Annie) is a second-year graduate student in the Neuroscience program at Yale. She was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in Miami, FL, where she attended four years of college before moving to Washington D.C. for a two-year fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. She is interested in the molecular underpinnings of the visual system, and hopes to pursue a career as an academic professor. Currently planning a long-distance hiking trip in the Patagonia, Annie is an avid hiker! She also enjoys reading—mostly history nonfiction—and doing arts and crafts, as well as participating in some of Yale’s organizations. Besides Yale’s Pathways to Science, Annie is involved in leading the INP Outreach Group and a member of Yale’s Science Diplomats. Her hope is to continue training and helping the next generation of scientists!

Catherine Matulis, Graduate Student in Physics, Class of 2020

Catherine is a rising fourth-year PhD student in Physics. She grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Wellesley College in 2014. While at Wellesley, she was a member of the tennis team and worked as a computer science and physics tutor. She also completed a senior thesis project that focused on constructing a confocal microscope that would later be used to image defects in diamond nanocrystals. At Yale, Catherine is part of the Integrated Graduate Program in Physical and Engineering Biology and works in a computational and systems neuroscience lab, where she studies mechanisms underlying visual processing.

Amanda Leiss, Graduate Student in Anthropology, Class of 2020

Amanda is a PhD candidate at Yale in biological anthropology. She is from Connecticut and got her undergraduate degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She works in Ethiopia, studying human evolution and the ancient environment through fossils. At Yale, she has been part of the student government and an active member of the Yale Science Diplomats. She likes pottery, live music, camping, hiking, kayaking, and gardening.

Ivy Huang, Graduate Student in Biology, Class of 2023

Ivy is a graduate student at Yale in the biological sciences. Originally from Taiwan, she loves to explore and experience different cultures. During her time at Yale, she has participated in Girl Science Investigation and Splash, and she is eager to share her passion for science. Outside of lab, she enjoys reading, making handicrafts, playing online games and board games, and watching dramas. She also loves learning new things, such as how to code and the Spanish language, and she really wants to travel around the world someday!

Majeed Ibrahim, Graduate Student in Environmental Management, Class of 2017

Majeed just graduated from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies with a master of Environmental Management degree. He is interested in Agricultural innovations and rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is from Ghana and got his College degree (BSc. Environmental Science) in Ghana. Before Yale, he worked as a teaching assistant in his undergraduate University as part of his national service obligation and then returned to his hometown in northern Ghana to start a guinea fowl. Majeed enjoys rearing animals and own sheep and cattle in his hometown. He also enjoys working with rural women farmers and he hopes to start a social enterprise in the near future where he will engage women farmers, help them to be entrepreneurial so that they can sustainably boost their income in their off-farm income generating activities.

Tosan Agbeyegbe, Yale College Class of 2020

Tosan is an undergraduate student at Yale, majoring in Economics & Mathematics. He is from Toronto, Canada but was originally born in Lagos, Nigeria. Tosan is a part of the Yale Football team and plays Defensive Back. During his time at Yale, he has been involved with several volunteer/refereeing positions for Track & Field, as well as for Basketball. Tosan also enjoys Soccer and playing board games.