Graduate Affiliates

The college maintains a roster of graduate and professional students who are selected in early fall and late spring drafts. These affiliates are available to give Branfordians advice on their studies, careers, and grad school, and they host events and study breaks for students. Feel free to reach out to any graduate affiliate; they are here for you! (Please direct all general inquiries about Branford’s graduate affiliate program to rita.matta@yale.edu)


 

Matthew Bartlett

Linette Bosques

Linette, born and raised in Puerto Rico, is a first-year medical student at the School of Medicine. After graduating from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez with a B.S. in Chemistry, she came to Yale to complete Ph.D. training in the Department of Cell Biology under the supervision of pediatric hematologist-oncologist Dr. Gary Kupfer. Her research focuses on understanding the cellular pathways of a rare red blood cell disorder to better understand red blood cell development and the mechanisms that cause bone marrow failure syndromes. Linette is inspired to pursue a career in academic medicine as a physician-scientist focusing on research, clinical practice, and teaching. She enjoys playing and watching sports (volleyball, ping pong, basketball, baseball), dancing (salsa, merengue, and bachata), and karaoke with friends! Please feel free to reach out to her at linette.bosques@yale.edu!

Becky Byler

Becky is a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering and 3rd year Branford Graduate Affiliate.  Her research focuses on “rationally” designing improved therapeutics for leishmaniasis- the world’s second most debillitating parasitic disease- using a mixture of biomaterials, nanotechnology, tissue engineering, and qualitative patient interviews (human-centered design principles).  She is currently completing part of her dissertation research in Cali, Colombia as a Whitaker Fellow and NIH Fogarty Global Health Scholar.  Originally from Palo Alto, California, Becky graduated in 2013 from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in biomedical engineering and minors in women’s studies, chemistry, and international affairs.  She also received her M.P.H. from Yale in 2016, focusing on the epidemiology of microbial diseases with concentrations in global health and regulatory affairs.  Becky is particularly passionate about enhancing equitable access to medical technologies, reducing R&D barriers for neglected disease biotechnologies, and ensuring human rights-based responses to epidemics and protracted health crises.  She has previously worked at the United Nations and The Carter Center.  When not in lab, you can find Becky bouldering, ice climbing, or trekking/running long distances around the world.  Please reach out to her at becky.byler@yale.edu if you would like to grab a coffee or hot chocolate and chat!
 

Marius Constantin

Marius is a fifth year Ph.D. student in Applied Physics.  His research focuses on extending laser theory to chaotic resonators.  Before Yale, he went to Princeton where he earned a BA in Physics in 2014.  He is passionate about fostering interactions between students and alumni and serves as one of the Co-Presidents of STAY (Students and Alumni of Yale).  In his leisure time Marius enjoys rowing and going to the Yale Cabaret.  For the coming year, he is hoping to get Branford students actively involved with the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking.  Feel free to contact him at marius.constantin@yale.edu.

Walter Gabriel

Walter is a 2017 graduate of Vassar College and studied Science, Technology, and Society (STS).  During his time at Vassar, Walter was a member of the varsity swim team and participated in the innovative Transitions program as a Questbridge scholar.  At Yale, Walter is in the Social and Behavioral Sciences program, where he is interested in understanding the interactions between social determinants of health and health outcoms.  He hopes to use this knowledge to shape policy through evidence-based medicine and an understanding of bioethics informed by his previous research on CRISPR-Cas9 implementation and his current project on opiate agonist therapy implementation in Ukraine.  He also loves sports and is always happy to talk about them, or anything in general.  He can be reached at walter.gabriel@yale.edu.

 

Jonathan Gaillard

Jonathan is a fourth year medical student at the School of Medicine and applying for residency in child neurology.  Jonathan has served as the vice-president and communications officer of the Medical Student Council.  He also researches congenital arteriovenous malformations, specifically Vein of Galen Malformations with neurosurgeon Dr. Kris Kahle.  He came to Yale after graduating from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in engineering business.  When he isn’t busy in the hospital, Jonathan likes swimming, biking, running, competing in triathlons, reading science fiction, and baking.  He looks forward to returning to the Branford community for his fourth year.  You can reach him at jonathan.gaillard@yale.edu.

Christopher Geissler

Chris Geissler is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Linguistics and co-manager of the Branford Pottery Studio.  His research focuses on the phonology-phonestics interface and language change, in particular the interaction of consonants and tones in Tibetan.  Chris graduated from Swarthmore College in 2013 with majors in linguistics and religious studies, and works with the Yale Himalaya Initiative and Haskins Laboratories.  He enjoys cooking, skiing, political organizing, and reading science fiction, and is active in the Yale Buddhist Sangha.  Contact Chris about pottery or anything else at christopher.geissler@yale.edu.

Annabelle Hutchinson

Annabelle Hutchinson is a 4th year Political Science PhD student studying social policy, inequality, and gender in the US.  Annabelle grew up in West Columbia, Texas, a small town with about 4000 people, and graduated from Texas A&M University in 2015 with a BA in Economics and Political Science.  She is a huge college football fan, an avid cookie baker, and she really misses Texas BBQ and Tex Mex.  Annabelle is looking forward to getting to know students in Branford, and can be reached at annabelle.hutchinson@yale.edu.

 

Erinma Kalu

Eri is a first-year law student at Yale Law School and a Branford alum (2014). Her interests lie in women’s health and international human rights. Previously at Yale, she studied global health and graduated from the five-year BA-MPH program with a degree in health policy. Eri adores Branford and is thrilled to be part of our community again. She loves to read good fiction, think about theology, and laugh at pop culture. Please reach out to chat about anything at erinma.kalu@yale.edu!

 

Laurel Kaye

Laurel is a second-year MD/PhD student at Yale School of Medicine. Before coming to Yale, she studied physics as an undergraduate at Duke University and astrophysics as a graduate at the University of Oxford. She is extremely passionate about human space exploration and is a member of the national aerospace medical association, runs the space medicine group at Yale, and applied for a crewed mission to Mars. When she’s not spacing out, Laurel loves rowing, creative writing, painting, and going on adventures. Reach out for absolutely anything at laurel.kaye@yale.edu.

 

Joshua Krever

Joshua Krever is a second-year MBA student at the Yale School of Management.  He grew up in Melbourne, Australia before moving to London for university where he completed a Bsc Government and Economics and a Msc International Political Economy at the London School of Economics.  Before coming to Yale, Joshua worked for several years in the finance industry in London.  His last role was at HSBC Global Banking and Markets where he was a Senior Associate on the bank’s Transport, Services and Infrastructure Coverage Team.  In his free time, Joshua enjoys playing the drums, travelling to new countries, going skiing and discussing current affairs.  You can reach him at joshua.krever@yale.edu.

Anna Marra

Anna Marra (anna.marra@yale.edu) graduated cum laude from the University of Udine, Italy. She’s now working on her second PhD here at Yale, where she also serves as Curatorial Assistant at the Beinecke Library. Her research focuses on Medieval literature, meditation, and contemporary poetry. Anna is a filmmaker, too: her love for cinema has drawn her into Yale Law Visual Project, and into co-organizing the Yale Festival of New Italian Cinema. Anna also leads the Dante Working group and serves as Vice President of STAY (Students and Alumni of Yale). In her free time Anna loves meditating, sailing and filming.

 

Ka’ imi’ aina Masunaga

Ka`imi is currently conducting research in Infectious Diseases and studying Healthcare Management at Yale.  He schooled at Harvard University, University of Tokyo, and UCSF.  He completed a Fogarty-Fulbright and Gates Fellowship in Africa, where he learnt isiXhosa and KiSwahili.  Whilst serving as a Medical Officer in the DoD, he completed his residency training at the VA– then was stationed in Asia and the Pacific.  His favourite pastimes are surfing, triathlons, hula, yoga, ballet, rock climbing, theatre, and underwater basket weaving.  He aspires to be a high school British Literature teacher.  If anyone is keen on playing golf/tennis/花札, or going for a long bike ride/hike — email him: kaimiaina.masunaga@yale.edu.

 

Rita Matta

Rita is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering.  Her research focuses on interactions of cells in the brain following stroke, in particular, the microvasculature system, where she heavily utilizes cell and tissue engineering principles.  She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2016, and also completed high school in CT, so she is more than happy to chat about things to do in the area!  Outside of research, Rita loves being outdoors, eating pizza, drinking coffee, and taking pictures of her cat.  You can always reach out to Rita at rita.matta@yale.edu and she’d love to get to know you!

Aseem Mehta

Aseem Mehta is a second-year student at Yale Law School and a Branford alum (2014).  He dreams of a world without borders- and focuses his work and study on bringing it to l ife.  Aseem has represented immigrants in legal proceedings in New York and South Texas, organized with detained refugees challenging their confinement and directed a documentary film examining the use of solitary confinement in supermax prisons.  He loves to bike and enjoys conversations without direction (that said, some of his favorite topics include storylines in the NBA, dissecting music videos, and trees).  Drop him a line at aseem.mehta@yale.edu.

Fatima Mirza

Fatima is in her third year at the Yale School of Medicine.  Before Yale, she graduated from Harvard with a degree in biochemistry & biophysics and then earned her MPH from the University of Cambridge.  She works passionately at the intersection between policy, media, research, and clinical medicine.  In her free time, Fatima loves playing the violin, running around New Haven, and cooking Pakistani food.  You can reach her at fatima.mirza@yale.edu

Charles O’Malley

Charlie O’Malley is a doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Drama.  He holds an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the School of Drama and a BA in Drama and Art History from Vassar College.  He currently works as the Literary Associate at Yale Rep.  A native of Oakland, Charlie loves film, architecture, history, politics (though perhaps not at the present moment), running marathons, and of course, theatre.  You can contact him at charles.omalley@yale.edu.

Scott Stern

Scott is a first year student at the Law School. He is a proud 2015 alum of Branford (go squirrels!), where he worked in the buttery, played a bunch of IMs (badly), and ran a club called the Student Origami Society out of the Branford Common Room! After graduating with a BA and MA in American Studies, Scott took two years off to move back home to Pittsburgh (go Steelers!) and write a book about the history of sexually transmitted infections. Talk to him about environmental law, trashy Netflix shows, audiobooks, and his beagle. Reach out any time (seriously!) at scott.stern@yale.edu.

 

 

Sonia Taneja

Sonia is a first year student at the School of Medicine and a 2013 graduate from Yale, where she majored in Psychology. But most importantly, she is also a graduate of Branford College! She is incredibly excited to be back in New Haven and a part of the Branford community. After graduation, Sonia spent one year living in India where she worked on a mental health assessment of women who were trafficked and those who are involved in a cycle of intergenerational castebased prostitution. Sonia also recently completed her MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where her thesis considered race as a barrier to cervical and breast cancer screening for women in the US. Outside of class, Sonia enjoys dancing bhangra, Hindi films, comedy clubs, food in general, and traveling. Feel free to come talk to her about any of the above or anything at all! BFA!

Emma Tran

Emma is a first-year MPH student at the School of Public Health in the department of social and behavioral sciences. She’s interested in criminology, transnational medicine, and multiple meanings of science. Emma graduated in 2016 from Tulane with a BS in public health and international development, and worked for a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer in New Orleans doing research for a public health institute. Following her MPH, Emma is interested in pursuing doctorate training in medical sociology. When not eating snacks, she’s on the hunt for snacks. Feel free to reach out at emma.tran@yale.edu!

 

Iva Velickovic

Iva is a second-year law student and a former Branford FroCo (2014). A former consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, she returned to Yale to pursue her passion for immigration law and human rights. At the law school, she’s involved in Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, the Immigrant’s Rights Clinic at New Haven Legal Assistance, Yale Law Women, and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project- and when she’s not doing those things, she’s probably watching theater. Iva couldn’t be more excited to be back in Branford and to get to know everyone over snacks in the buttery, tea during the tea room, and ice cream sundaes in the dining hall. She hopes you’ll reach out at iva.velickovic@yale.edu.

 

Katherine Werwie

Kate (katherine.werwie@yale.edu) is a second year Ph.D. student in History of Art studying medieval sculpture from France with an interest in perception and affect. She completed her B.A. (2014) in art history, architecture, and French at Barnard College in New York and received an M.Phil from Cambridge University in 2015. Before coming to Yale, she held positions at several museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library. She currently lectures at the Cloisters and is hoping to organize trips to new exhibitions and other arty events this year.

 

Phil Yao

Phil Yao is a second-year J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. His interests lie in education, technology, and intellectual property. He is currently on the board of APALSA, the Asian law students organization at Yale. As an undergraduate, Phil studied physics and philosophy at Harvard University, and he later received a Masters in education and an MBA at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. In the past, Phil has interned at the U.S. Department of Eduation and at Pratham, a national educational NGO in India. In his free time, Phil enjoys running, playing basketball, singing, and writing science fiction and poetry. Feel free to reach out to Phil anytime at phillip.yao@yale.edu.