Meet Our Leadership Board

WISAY Board 2021-2022

Claire Cody (she/hers)

Program: PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry         

Board member since: 2019 

Hometown: Glencoe, IL   

Favorite WISAY activity: The non-academic career panel! It’s the event I went to that made me want to become more involved in WISAY - learning about alternative careers and hearing the panelists’ stories.

Fun Fact: I graduated with a minor in Dance and still take ballet classes at New Haven Ballet

 

 

 

 

Sarah McGill (she/hers)

sarah.mcgill@yale.edu

Program: Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program, Department of Neuroscience      

Board member since: 2019 

Hometown: Crowley, TX  

Favorite WISAY activity: Our fantastic social events! :)

Fun Fact: To both my shame and delight, I have well over five thousand cards in my Magic card collection.

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Getz, Ph.D. (she/hers)

stephanie.getz@yale.edu

Program: Postdoctoral Associate in Neurosurgery    

Board member since: 2019 

Hometown: Chicago, IL  

Favorite WISAY activity: The mentoring program; it is fantastic!

Fun Fact: I taught my cat how to do a fist bump.

 

 

 

 

 

Tina Su (she/hers)

tina.su@yale.edu

Program: PhD Candidate in Immunology   

Board member since: 2017

Hometown: Andover, MA

Favorite WISAY activity: I love the informal coffee chats - they’re a great way to connect with local alumni and gain insights into how different careers look like on a very personal level.

Fun Fact: I finally learned how to take care of plants over the pandemic!

Gemma Moore, Ph.D. (she/hers)

gemma.moore@yale.edu

Program: Postdoc in Therapeutic Radiology

Board member since: 2020

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Favorite WISAY activity: Academic and Non-academic chats

Fun Fact: I am a podcast addict! My fav is Armchair Expert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Olazabal-Herrero, Ph.D. (she/hers)

ane.olazabal@yale.edu

Program: Postdoctoral Fellow in Hematology

Board member since: 2021

Hometown: Spain

Favorite WISAY activity: I joined WISAY to further promote the interests of women and gender minorities in STEM fields.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Puklin (she/hers)

leah.puklin@yale.edu

Program: PhD student Public Health-Chronic Disease Epidemiology

Board member since: 2020

Hometown: Bala Cynwyd, PA

Favorite WISAY activity: Annual Non-Academic Career Panel

Fun Fact: I was a nationally ranked squash player

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yara Alshwairikh (she/hers)

Program: PhD candidate in Evolutionary Ecology

Board member since: 2021

Hometown: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Favorite WISAY activity: The mentoring program

Fun Fact: I (love) and study reptiles and amphibians for my PhD.

 

 

 

 

Alexis Brieant, Ph.D. (she/hers)

alexis.brieant@yale.edu

Program: Postdoctoral Associate in Psychology

Board member since: 2020

Hometown: Camillus, NY

Favorite WISAY activity: The mentoring program

Fun Fact: In addition to psychology, I was also a French major.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Abel (she/hers)

ashley.abel@yale.edu

Program: PhD student in Genetics

Board member since: 2021

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Favorite WISAY activity: The Career Chats. I love listening to the decision-making process which leads PhDs into various career paths! 

Fun Fact: I worked as a veterinary assistant during my undergraduate degree (and I’m a huge animal lover)! Although I don’t have pets of my own currently, I’ve met many of the amazing dogs and cats of New Haven through petsitting in my spare time.

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Cairns (she/hers)

allison.cairns@yale.edu

Program: PhD student in Applied Physics and Physical Engineering Biology

Board member since: 2021

Hometown: Santa Ana, CA

Favorite WISAY activity: The mentoring program

Fun Fact: I’ve never tried meat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristina Rodriguez (she/hers)

kristina.rodriguez@yale.edu

Program: Masters of Environmental Management in Climate Change Science and Solutions, School of the Environment.

Board member since: 2021

Hometown: Miami Beach, FL

Favorite WISAY activity: The mentoring program

Fun Fact: I love baking!

 

 

 

Wisteria Deng (she/hers)

wisteria.deng@yale.edu

Program: PhD student in Clinical Psychology

Board member since: 2021

Hometown: China and Singapore 

Favorite WISAY activity: The mentoring program

Fun Fact: I love pole dancing and am preparing for my first pole competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yiting Xu (she/hers)

yiting.xu@yale.edu

Program: PhD student/candidate in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology

Board member since: 2020

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Favorite WISAY activity: The mentoring program

Fun Fact: Mom of a Corgi and a silver-shaded cat

Fun Fact: I finally learned how to take care of plants over the pandemic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ume Tahir (she/hers)

ume.tahir@yale.edu

Program: PhD Student in Biophysical Chemistry

Board member since: 2021

Hometown: Wichita Falls, TX / Pakistan

Favorite WISAY activity: The mentorship program

Fun Fact: I grew up in the United States, Nepal, India, Oman, and Germany

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Troiano

Program: Graduate student in Chemistry

Hometown: Westchester, NY

Board member since: 2018

 

Nicole Sonnert 

Program: Graduate student in Microbiology

Board member since: 2018

 

Yaqing Huang

Program: Graduate student in Experimental Pathology

Board member since: 2020

 

 

 

Mary Burak

 Board member since: 2020

Yuexuan Li

Board member since: 2021