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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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