Executive Board

Amy Zhou 


PhD Student in the Biostatisctics Program 

Contact: amyzhou@g.harvard.edu 


I am PhD student in Biostatistics department. I earned my bachelor's degree at Wellesley College and my master's degree at Northwestern University. My interests include semi-competing risks and machine learning. In my free time, I enjoy watching science fictions shows/movies, baking, and hanging out with dogs. 


Alison Barton


PhD Student in the Bioinformatics & Integrative Genomics PhD Program 

Contact: alisonbarton@g.harvard.edu




Charalampia Koutsioumpa

Communications Chair

PhD Student in the Biology and Biomedical Sciences Program

Contact: c_koutsioumpa@g.harvard.edu



I am a 5th year PhD student in the lab of David Ginty at the Neurobiology Department at Harvard Medical School, where I am studying the development of the sensory neurons of touch. Before studying at Harvard, I finished Medical School in Greece and conducted research on neuromuscular disorders at Columbia University and neuropsychiatric diseases as an Amgen Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Outside of lab, I enjoy painting, baking and yoga.


Joyce Kang

Event Coordinator

MD-PhD Student in the HST and Bioinformatics & Integrative Genomics PhD program

Contact: joyce_kang@hms.harvard.edu


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!


Breanna Titchen

Event Coordinator Co-Chair

PhD Student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program

Contact: breannatitchen@g.harvard.edu

Emily Georing 

Mentoring Co-Chair 

PhD Student in the Immunology Program 

Contact: egoering@g.harvard.edu 


I am a 4th year PhD student in the Immunology program and a member of Deb Hung’s lab in the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program at the Broad Institute. I am interested in studying novel mechanisms by which the innate immune system fights bacterial pathogens. Before Harvard, I studied bone infection at Washington University in St. Louis, and I am originally from Missouri. Outside of the lab I enjoy bird-watching, rock hunting, and classical music. I am excited to help connect mentees to mentors as a Mentoring Co-Chair!


Saima Malik Moraleda

Mentoring Co-Chair

PhD student in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology program

Contact: smalikmoraleda@g.harvard.edu


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.


Michelle Ma  

Mentoring Co-Chair

PhD Student in Molecules, Cells and Organisms Program 

Contact: michellema@g.harvard.edu


Daeun Jeong  

Mentoring Co-Chair

PhD Student in Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program 

Contact: djeong@g.harvard.edu 



Katherine Keller  

Education Chair 

PhD Student in Environmental Science & Engineering Program  

Contact: katherinekeller@g.harvard.edu



Mia Sievers 

Programa Futuras Cientistas Chair 

PhD Student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program  

Contact: msievers@g.harvard.edu 


Mia is a 2nd year graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences PhD program. Her research interests center around bacteriology, and she is especially interested in the problem of antibiotic resistance. Prior to starting grad school, Mia earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Penn State University and proceeded to spend two years as a postbaccalaureate fellow at the NIH. She thoroughly enjoyed her work with the Programa Futuras Cientistas last year, and looks forward to working with the program again to help expose young girls to topics in science. In her free time, Mia enjoys running, reading, and hanging out with her cat, Petri. 


Michelle Li 

Mentoring Girls in India (ORIGIN) Chair 

PhD Student in the Bioformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG) Program 

Contact: michelleli@g.harvard.edu  


Michelle Li is a PhD Candidate in the Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics (BIG) program at Harvard Medical School. She is interested in the intersection of medicine and computer science, specifically developing new ways to leverage machine learning for diagnosing patients with rare diseases or characterizing the effects of novel drugs. In her spare time, she enjoys learning new instruments and finding the best sushi restaurant in Boston!



Amalia Driller-Colangelo 

Harvard & Smith Mentorship Program Chair 

PhD Student in the Biology and Biomedical Sciences Program 

Contact: amaliaDC@g.harvard.edu 






Sharan Rai

Mentoring Girls in India (ORIGIN) Chair 

PhD Student in the Population Health Sciences Program 

Contact: shr820@g.harvard.edu 

Valentina Lagomarsino 

Co-Chair Emeritus (Co-Chair 2020-2021, Mentoring Program Co-Chair 2019-2020) 

PhD Student in the Biological Biomedical Sciences Program 

Contact: vlagomarsino@g.harvard.edu


Valentina is a 4th 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!!