Graduate Affiliates 2017-2018

Rosie Aboody is a first year PhD student in Psychology. She is interested in how we figure out what others are thinking, and how we use that information to decide things like who to learn from and teach. She is determined to answer this question by working with the most adorable subject populations possible, so she spends most of her time with children and dogs. Outside of the lab, Rosie likes to make art, drink hot cocoa, and stare up at the sky in delight when it is snowing (an unusual occurrence in her home state of California). 

If you want to know why kids and dogs are actually interesting study populations, or are feeling down and want to hear cute stories about tiny humans, come say hi!  

Vlad Chituc is a first year PhD student in Social Psychology studying moral judgment and decision making. He grew up in a small town in rural, upstate New York before graduating from Yale in 2012 with a B.S, in social psychology (TD ‘12, please don’t hold it against him). He spent the next five years in Durham, NC, where he grew to appreciate folk sing-a-longs, baking bread, and living a bit more slowly. Ask him about music (he’s played in a few bands and collects records), writing (especially creative nonfiction and science journalism), and his dog, Toad (Vlad will always be happy to show you photos and go on about how perfect he is).

Nisha Dalvie is a first year medical student at the Yale School of Medicine. She graduated from MIT in 2016 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. She also has a concentration in Global Development, having traveled to El Salvador, India, and Uganda for various projects. Her research interests include nanoparticle-based drug delivery for the treatment of cancer. Outside of school, she enjoys dance, yoga, cooking, and cuddling with her dog. She’s excited to be part of the Silliman community and is happy to chat about applying to med school, work-life balance, and anything else you can think of!

Linna Duan  is a third year M.D. student at the Yale School of Medicine. After graduating from Yale in 2011 (SM’11!) with double majors in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and History of Science, History of Medicine, she worked in China at an HIV/AIDS and human rights NGO. She graduated from Harvard in 2014 with an A.M. in History of Science. Her interests include research, travel, editing, and eating exorbitant amounts of watermelon and Arethusa ice cream.

Alexander Goldklank Fulmer is a first year PhD student in Behavioral Marketing. He grew up in Manhattan and graduated from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration in 2015. After Cornell, Alexander worked in marketing and completed a Psychology program at Columbia University before enrolling at Yale. He loves college history and trivia, is interested in fashion, writing fiction, watching college hockey games, and studying the psychology underlying human behavior. Please feel free to ask Alexander for help with any aspects of the job/internship application process like resume or cover letter writing, or anything else that’s on your mind!

Shikha Garg is a first-year at the law school. She grew up in Plano, Texas, and went to Yale where she spent four glorious years in Silliman College, graduating in 2015. She’s primarily interested in international human rights and transitional justice. Talk to me about your favorite New Haven coffee shops, law school, anything international, what you’re currently binging on Netflix, or anything else!

Tim Gaura is a second year, Masters of Divinity and Masters of Social Work student with Yale Divinity School and the University of Connecticut. Tim is recently returned from spending a year in Malaysia with the US Fulbright program and studying on exchange in Hong Kong. He is a graduate from community college and received a bachelors in Anthropology from Amherst College. Ask him questions about board games, depression, unicycling, fellowships, intersections about being Queer and/or Christian and navigating university spaces while questioning identities. Tim loves hugs, being asked tough questions and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.  
Allison (Allie) Greaney is a second year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, conducting research in lung tissue engineering. She hails from a tiny town you’ve never heard of in Pennsylvania and did her undergrad at Tufts University, with a semester at the University of Queensland in Australia. She enjoys backpacking in New England, traveling, scuba diving, yoga, hip hop music, and NPR.

Ask Me About: studying abroad as an engineer, working in a lab as an undergrad, crossword puzzles clues, life

Alexandra Gutierrez is in her first year at Yale Law School. Before that, she spent seven years working as a journalist in Alaska and in Washington, DC. In Alaska, she covered state government, arctic policy, and energy for public radio, with a stint covering the fishing industry in the Aleutian Islands. In DC, she worked for political magazines like The American Prospect and The Economist. She graduated from Harvard in 2008, with a degree in Social Studies. Beyond law and journalism and their intersection, she enjoys cooking, hiking, biking, archery, snowshoeing, and most things that involve playing outside.
Chris Harshaw is a first year PhD student in the Computer Science department where he studies algorithms and theoretical properties of networks at the Yale Institute for Network Science. Born and raised in Dallas, he graduated from Rice University with degrees in computational mathematics and electrical engineering. When he’s not working on cracking a theorem, Chris enjoys playing and composing jazz music, solving puzzles, and taking long walks around science hill. He’s excited to become part of the Silliman community and looks forward to meeting you! Talk to me about your favorite music, maker / hacker culture, mathematics education, social implications of machine learning algorithms, Ryan Gosling films, and anything you’re passionate about.

Bridget Hegarty is a fourth year student in environmental engineering.  Beyond the lab, Bridget is on the club Taekwondo team, involved with the Society of Women Engineers, an avid photographer, and voracious reader.  She hopes to be a resource for anyone considering engineering, research, or who just wants to talk about photography! Ask me about: grad school, studying abroad, applying for REUs, global warming, photography, or gender bias

Gina Hurley is a 4th year PhD student in Medieval Studies. When she’s not reading Middle English romance and hagiography, she enjoys cooking, music, and the occasional kayaking trip. For obvious reasons, Monty Python and the Holy Grail is her favorite movie.  Ask me about: surviving northern winters as a southerner, medieval literature, applying for graduate school, writing, travel

Emily Kuhn is a first year PhD student in Physics planning to do experimental cosmology research. She just graduated from Duke University, where she spent her out of lab time abroad in Nicaragua and Australia, playing flute in the Wind Symphony, and sleeping in a tent for basketball tickets. Backpacking, Broadway, gymnastics, photography, budget traveling, and trendy food are a few of her favorite things, and she would love to talk about any of the above with you! 

Carmina Aguilar Mancenon is pursuing the joint degree programme with the School of Management and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She grew up in Tokyo, is from Manila, and enjoys ethnic dancing (particularly Indian and Middle Eastern). She moved to the US to study Engineering at Princeton University, but primarily to try a proper s’more. There are very few things she is more fond of than conversing and laughing over cups of tea, so come find her if the mood for a chat strikes!  Ask Me About: being an international student/third culture kid, international development, backpacking/traveling, sustainable fashion, the pursuit and pondering of passions
Nida Naushad is a first year medical student at Yale School of Medicine. Having grown up in Boston, she graduated from Harvard College in 2014, with a degree in neurobiology. She also received a secondary in computer science, and a language citation in Arabic. After graduating from college, she decided to escape New England for a bit, and moved to San Francisco, where she worked for a diabetes market research company. Outside of school, she enjoys working out, trying new recipes, using Duolingo, and finding dogs to pet. Feel free to reach out to talk about applying to medical school, exercise, nutrition, and wellness or anything else!


Ellen Nye is a first-year history PhD student studying British and Ottoman economic relations. She grew up in a college town in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming where she enjoying skiing, hiking, and running. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 and then earned an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. Last year she living in Istanbul through the Fulbright learning Turkish, researching, and eating as much moussaka as possible. Ask her about studying in the UK, fellowships, Turkey, and anything historical.
West Resendes is a Deaf first-year student at Yale Law School. A native Rhode Islander, West worked in civil rights advocacy and general law practice as a paralegal in Ann Arbor, Michigan before coming to YLS. West got his A.B. in Psychology from Harvard University and was a Henry Russell Shaw Fellow, which enabled him to travel in Europe for a year following graduation, explore numerous Deaf communities, and learn different sign languages. In his free time, West enjoys hiking the National Parks, watching shows that involve his name (e.g., Westworld, West Wing, and that show about Westeros), and hanging out with llamas. Feel free to talk to West about law school, social justice, postgraduate fellowships, sign languages/Deaf culture, developmental psychology, navigating college as a first-generation student/professional, and anything else!


Kelley Schiffman is a 3rd year student at Yale Law School. She is interested in criminal public defense work and immigration law as well as constitutional law. Before coming to law school, she completed a PhD in philosophy at Yale, writing her dissertation on an 18th-Century debate over the nature of morality. She enjoys animals, the outdoors, and dabbling in various kinds of sporty activities, especially swimming, squash, softball, and running.

Madison “Maddy”  Sharp is in her first year at the Yale School of Medicine. She grew up in the rolling hills of San Diego before attending Yale College. A proud former Sillimander, Maddy fondly recalls playing inner tube water polo and working in the buttery. After college Maddy lived in Nicaragua, where she conducted public health research. As a medical student, she is especially interested in working with refugee and displaced populations. Ask her about global health/humanitarian aid, effective altruism, road tripping from England to Uzbekistan, magical realism, and the great outdoors.
Katie Sierks is a first-year joint degree candidate at the Yale School of Management. She hopes to explore how to efficiently transform agricultural supply chains to more sustainably produce and distribute food globally. Before graduate school, Katie spent four years with Cargill. She worked as an Environmental Engineer and as an Energy and Natural Resource Analyst. Most recently, as a Sustainability and Marketing Associate, Katie strove to exceed Cargill customer sustainability expectations to secure and grow new business. Katie graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Earth and Planetary Sciences. She enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, and walking around Minneapolis lakes with her dog. 
Peijia (Jessica) Yuan  is a fifth-year PhD student in the department of chemistry, doing research on fluorescent probes and RNA modifications. She was born in China and raised in Northern California (and a few other places in between), and spent several years in the vibrant city of Berkeley, CA during undergrad. She enjoys live music, foreign films, and practicing Dutch and German, and is excited to help make Silliman an inclusive and welcoming residential community.