Executive Board

Jeanne Gallée

Cambridge Co-Chair

PhD Student in the Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology Program

Contact: jgallee@g.harvard.edu

Jeanne GaleeI am currently a second year doctoral student in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program (SHBT) in the Division of Medical Sciences. I am currently completing my coursework for clinical certification at MGH's Institute of Health Professions. My research is clinically focused in the area of aphasia. I am particularly interested in the cognitive factors that may impact treatment outcomes. 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 doing Pilates, 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. 


Shayna Stein

Longwood Co-Chair

PhD Student in the Biostatistics Program

Contact: sstein@g.harvard.edu
Website: https://scholar.harvard.edu/sstein

Shayna SteinI am a second year Biostatistics PhD student in the Michor Lab 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, and running.


Sandhya Manohar


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.


Chara Koutsioumpa

Communications Chair

PhD Student in the Biology and Biomedical Sciences Program

Contact: c_koutsioumpa@g.harvard.edu

CharaI am a 2nd year PhD student in the lab of David Ginty at the Neurobiology Department at Harvard Medical School. I am interested in the development of the neural circuits that underlie the perception of touch. Before studying at Harvard, I finished Medical School in Greece and conducted research on neuropsychiatric diseases at Columbia University and as an Amgen Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Outside of lab, I enjoy traveling, playing basketball and learning new languages.


Kate Lachance

Mentoring Program Co-Chair


PhD Student in the Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics Program

Contact: katherinelachance@g.harvard.edu

Kate LachanceI am currently a third year student in the Churchman Lab, where we study gene regulation at high resolution. I am interested in understanding the interplay between chromatin and transcription regulation and feedback. I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Dartmouth College for undergrad, where I studied computer science and biology. After graduate school, I am interested in pursuing a career in teaching; as such, I'm involved with several outreach programs to teach students - ranging from middle school through college - computational biology. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, reading, and baking.


Weilu Shen

Mentoring Program Co-Chair

PhD Student in the Applied Physics Program

Contact: weilu_shen@g.harvard.edu

Weilu ShenI 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!


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.


Aleyda Trevino

NEGWiSE Representative

PhD Student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Program

Contact: atrevino@g.harvard.edu

AleydaI am a 3rd year doctoral candidate in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, studying climate reconstructions and trees. Before I came to Harvard, I earned my undergraduate degrees in Applied Mathematics and Physics and a minor in Energy Studies at MIT in 2014. I later worked in the energy sector in México looking at wind power. I am originally from Monterrey, México and love going back home to hike and an very interested in international women's rights. Here I am visiting Mitla in Oaxaca a couple years ago.


Tamara Pico

Action Coordinator

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

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.