Alumni Board

Shayna Stein

Longwood Co-Chair (2017 - 2020)

PhD Student in the Biostatistics Program

Contact: sstein@g.harvard.edu

Website: https://scholar.harvard.edu/sstein

 

Shayna I am a  Biostatistics PhD student in the Michor and Haigis Labs at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I am working on developing mathematical models to optimize scheduling and dosing strategies for combination cancer therapies, and also analyzing single cell RNA-Seq barcoding data to understand tumor heterogeneity and evolution. I grew up in sunny San Diego, and went to college at UCLA where I studied Mathematics of Computation and did research on alternative splicing in the Molecular Genetics Department. In my free time I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, baking, knitting, and running!

 

Jeanne Gallée

Cambridge Co-Chair (2017 - 2020)

PhD Student in the Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology Program

Contact: jgallee@g.harvard.edu

 

Jeanne GaleeI am currently a fourth year doctoral student in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program (SHBT) in the Division of Medical Sciences. From 2017 to 2019, I completed all coursework and internships for clinical certification in speech-language pathology at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. My research area is language with a clinical focus on rare forms of dementia, such as primary progressive aphasia. I am particularly interested in the neural networks that are recruited in tasks of language processing in neurodegenerative disease. I studied Cognitive & Linguistic Sciences and Psychology at Wellesley College, from which I graduated in 2016. During my undergraduate years, I was a member of Harvard Ballet Company and Wellesley College Dancers. Currently, I spend my time outside of lab, class, and clinic in the yoga studio, exploring vegan cuisines, and traveling. After graduate school, I aspire to combine my passions for research and speech-language pathology as a practicing researcher in a hospital setting.  

 

Weilu Shen

Mentoring Program Co-Chair (2017- 2019)

PhD Student in the Applied Physics Program

Contact: weilu_shen@g.harvard.edu

 

Weilu Shen I am a PhD student in Applied Physics, studying laser-activated materials for bioengineering applications in the Mazur Group. I grew up in the suburbs of Boston (specifically, Belmont—just west of Cambridge), and speak Chinese and Japanese. I attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for undergrad, where I majored in physics. Now, I am also a fellow at Dudley House and a mentor for the WiSTEM program. For fun, I play the violin in the Dudley House Orchestra and Dudley House World Music Ensemble!

 

Sandhya Manohar

Treasurer (2017-2019)

PhD Student in the Chemical Biology Program

Contact: smanohar@g.harvard.edu

Sandhya ManoharI am a third year PhD student in Randy King's lab in the Department of Cell Biology on the Longwood campus. Prior to coming to Harvard, I earned my undergraduate degree from New York University, where I studied math and molecular biology.  At NYU, I worked in Christine Vogel's lab, where I studied protein stability in yeast using quantitative mass spectrometry. Outside of the lab, I love teaching for the undergraduate organic chemistry courses, running around the Charles, and petting every dog I see.

Tamara Pico

Action Coordinator, Communications Chair 

PhD Student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Program

Contact: tpico@g.harvard.edu
 

Tamara PicoI am a graduate student in Earth & Planetary Sciences. My research focuses on understanding past sea level on glacial timescales. I am from Santa Cruz, California. I graduated from Princeton University in 2014, majoring in Chemistry with a focus on Material Science. Here I am exploring the past glacial lake Hitchcock in western Massachusetts!

 

 

Jessica Sagers

Professional Development Chair, Cambridge Co-Chair

PhD Student in the Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology Program

Contact: jsagers@g.harvard.edu
Website: scholar.harvard.edu/jsagers
 

Jessica SagersI am a fourth-year PhD student performing my dissertation research in the laboratory of Konstantina Stankovic at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. I work to identify translational solutions for genetic forms of sensorineural hearing loss. Currently, my project involves the identification and validation of drug therapies to be used in neurofibromatosis type 2, a devastating disorder with no FDA-approved therapy. I grew up in Provo, Utah and love to ski, hike, and read. I write in my spare time and hope to publish a novel at some point in the future.

 

Anna Waldeck

Mentoring Program Co-Chair

PhD Student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Program

Contact: waldeck@g.harvard.edu
 

AnnaI am a fourth-year graduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences, and I study the changes in the atmospheric composition on Earth over millions of years. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and majored in chemistry at the University of Chicago for undergrad. Outside of the lab, I am passionate about food, sustainability, and mental health.

 

Millie Zhou

Event Coordinator, Social Media Webmaster

Masters Student in Software Engineering

Contact: milliezhou@g.harvard.edu

 

Millie ZhouCurrently I am pursuing a master's degree in software engineering with a specialization in data science. I also work in the research using computational genomics and medicine. My current research focuses on elucidating the genetic basis of neuropsychiatric diseases. Studying Psychology and Sociology at UC Davis as an undergraduate, my previous research areas include mental health associated with child maltreatment, and how group identity is related to subconscious bias. In my spare time, I enjoy staying active in the nature, photography, and calligraphy.