Co-Chair (formerly Mentoring Program Co-Chair 2019-2020)
PhD Student in the Biological Biomedical Sciences Program
Valentina is a 2nd year graduate student in the Biological Biomedical Sciences PhD program. Her research interest is understanding how the microbiome affects the peripheral nervous system and she is co-mentored by Isaac Chiu and Alex Kostic. Joining HGWISE, she will be a part of the mentorship squad, helping young women in science find female mentor. In her free time, she likes to hike, garden, cook and read about social issues!
PhD Student in the Biology and Biomedical Sciences Program
I 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.
Advocacy and Diversity Co-Chair (formerly NEGWiSE Representative 2018 - 2020)
PhD Student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Program
I 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.
Saima Malik Moraleda
PhD student in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology program
I am currently a third year graduate student in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology (SHBT) program in the Division of Medical Sciences. I am interested in understanding the commonalities and differences across languages and speakers in both their neurobiological underpinning and psychological processing. I have benefited tremendously from the HGWISE mentoring program and now look forward to joining the team to help budding scientists find female mentors. In my free time I enjoy camping, gardening, and reading.
MD-PhD Student in the HST and Bioinformatics & Integrative Genomics PhD program
I’m an MD-PhD student in the HST program and the Bioinformatics & Integrative Genomics PhD program. In the Raychaudhuri Lab, I’m working on computational methods for integrating single-cell data to study immune-mediated diseases. Prior to grad school, I grew up in Nashville and majored in Computer Science and Biology at Stanford. In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga and exploring new restaurants in Boston. Through HGWISE, I’m excited to help support female-identifying students here at Harvard and beyond!
PhD Student in Environmental Science and Engineering
Yiming Qin is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Science and Engineering. She does research in atmospheric chemistry, specifically on chemistry connections among plant emissions of volatile organic compounds, particle-phase secondary organic material, air pollution, and climate change. She is fascinated by how nature works, how human beings are affecting nature, and how we can protect it. Joining HGWISE, she will be a part of the Event Coordinator, organizing networking and professional development events in helping young women advance their careers. She will also be part of the mentoring program for Indian girls, empowering teen girls in STEM. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, cooking, running, and swimming.