Graduate Affiliates 2018-2019

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 Vlad is a second 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!

Andy DeGuglielmo is a 1L at Yale Law School. Born and raised in Boston.  He graduated from Yale College last spring with a degree in Political Science and German Studies. As a former Sillimander, some of his best memories include late nights in the buttery and impromptu freestyle study breaks with his roommates in the dance studio. As a law student, he is particularly interested in federal Indian law and plans to pursue some form of tribal legal advocacy upon graduation. Talk to him about law, literature, systems theory, strange loops, or anything else you’re passionate about!

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!

Tim Gaura is a second year, Masters of Divinity and Masters of Social Work student with Yale Divinity School and the University of Connecticut. He is a graduate from community college and received a bachelors in Anthropology from Amherst College. Ask him questions about board games, beards depression, unicycling, fellowships, intersections about being Queer and/or Christian and navigating university spaces while personally struggling.
Allison (Allie) Greaney

is a fourth year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering conducting research in lung tissue engineering with Dr. Laura Niklason, and is Co-President of Yale GradSWE. She hails from a tiny town you’ve never heard of in Pennsylvania and did her undergrad at Tufts University. Outside of work, she loves being outdoors, doing yoga, traveling, and doing crossword puzzles. Happy to chat about anything from the grad research life, to being a woman in STEM, to the state of rap these days.

Chris Harshaw is a third year PhD student in the Computer Science department where he studies algorithms and optimization 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 at the white board, Chris enjoys playing and composing jazz music, solving puzzles, and taking long walks around science hill. He’s excited to be part of the Silliman community and loves interacting with students. Talk to me about your favorite music, maker spaces, mathematics education, Texas, and anything you’re passionate about.

Flora Irving is a second-year MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management. Before graduate school, Flora was the Archives Project Manager at the Calder Foundation, where she conducted art historical research for exhibitions and publications on the late artist’s work. Prior to the Calder Foundation, she led production for an exhibition of the work of American photographer Lorna Simpson at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, France and worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Born and raised in New York, she graduated from Connecticut College with an Art History degree. She’s very excited to be part of the Silliman community this year and enjoys art, design, music, sailing, and Labradors.


Ellen Nye is a third-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. Before Yale, she spent a year in Istanbul through the Fulbright learning Turkish, working on her research, and eating as much moussaka as possible. Ask her about the Rocky Mountains, studying in the U.K., Turkey, fellowships, and anything historical! 

 Kirsten Reimer

Kirsten Reimer is a third-year PhD student in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry department where she studies RNA splicing in the context of blood diseases. She grew up and attended university in Northern British Columbia, Canada, receiving her BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. When she’s not in the lab, Kirsten enjoys being outdoors (especially in the snow), reading, doing crosswords, and riding her bike (sometimes also in the snow). Talk to her about her favourite molecule (RNA), her favourite country (Canada), or your own favourite things!

Madison “Maddy”  Sharp is in her third 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 worked with sugarcane workers suffering from kidney disease in Nicaragua. As a medical student, she is especially interested in working with displaced populations in conflict zones. Ask her about global health, effective altruism, and road tripping from England to Uzbekistan.

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. 

Emily Sigman is a Colorado native interested in agroforestry, food systems, and ecosystem behavior.  She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow studying jointly at the School of Forestry and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.  She’s the manager of the Yale Community Forest Garden, a co-founder of the Yale Agroforestry Collaborative, and a co-leader of the Coalition for Agriculture Food and the Environment and the Yale Ethnobotany and Mycology Society.  You can often find her tinkering in various gardens around campus, teaching herbal medicine workshops, running with her magnificent companion Toly-The-Wonder-Dog, foraging for mushrooms, and looking at maps dreaming of faraway adventures.