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.