Graduate Affiliates

Hey TD! We are the TD Grad Affiliates and we’re excited to meet you! We’re a group of graduate and professional students who are interested in working with, giving back to, and learning from the TD undergrad community. Our main function within the college is mentoring seniors on thesis presentations for Mellon Forums. We’re a great resource for students in both social and academic contexts. Feel free to ask us about grad school life, the process of applying to grad programs, New Haven life outside of Yale College, life after college, the “real world,” or anything really! We’re a growing program and we’re all really friendly, so feel free to say hi if you see us around the courtyard.

Graduate Affiliates (2016-2017)


Michael Boyle

Hello and Ashé, TD! My name is Michael and I graduated in 2010 after four amazing years living in the best college at Yale (TD, obviously). I’m currently a second year medical student here and I’m so excited to be returning to TD and to meet all of you. I’m looking forward to helping you with Mellon Forums, organizing fun activities, and providing whatever advice I can. A bit about me: after graduating, I worked here in a biomedical engineering lab for two years before moving home to San Francisco, where I worked at Google until I returned here last year. I’m interested in space and aviation, and I enjoy the outdoors and programming. Most importantly, I just got married to my beautiful wife! If you see me in the dining hall or the courtyard, come say hi or toss me a frisbee!


Kelly Culhane (Head Graduate Affiliate)

Hey! I’m Kelly and I am a PhD candidate in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.  I study the structure and function of G protein coupled receptors that are involved in bone growth and remodeling, and eventually hope to teach and start my own lab.  For the mellon forum, I would be thrilled to help with topics relating to biology, chemistry and medical research.  I’m looking forward to getting to know the TD community!


Anna Duensing

My name is Anna Duensing and I am a second year PhD student in History and African American Studies. I come from the U.S. Virgin Islands by way of Virginia and spent my time before graduate school working in public history, education, and radio/music in New York as well as in Germany. I look forward to being a part of the TD community! Please do not hesitate to reach out, particularly regarding matters of history, memory, museums, and music.


Nina Lagpacan

I’m Nina and I’m a third year joint degree student with the School of Forestry and School of Management. I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area and studied Biology and German at UC Berkeley. Before coming to Yale I worked as a park ranger at Wind Cave and Rocky Mountain National Parks and worked at an urban forestry non-profit planting hundreds of trees in the Silicon Valley. My interests include ecosystem conservation and management issues particularly pertaining to public lands of the American west. Outside of the classroom I enjoy volleyball, playing the uke and hiking with friends. Looking forward to meeting you all!


Jonathan Marquez

Hi I’m Jon, I’m a TD alum who graduated in 2013. I am originally from a little north of Houston, Texas. I am now working on a joint MD/PhD. My research has largely revolved around cancer and developmental genetics. My interests include biomedical innovation, health reform, genetics, oncology, development, soccer, bacon, and turtles. I look forward to meeting y’all if I haven’t already.


Zlatko Minev

Hi guys, it’s Zlatko, the quantum-computing physics Ph.D. grad student. When not in lab or TD, you’ll find me spending time with friends or enjoying sports, from soccer and basketball to crew and sailing. Say “hi” next time you see me. Stoked to be back with TD, Ashe!


Harrison Nguyen

Hi guys, I’m Harrison. I went to college at Rice, where I was a Cognitive Science major and played linebacker on the football team. I went to medical school at Baylor and delayed going to residency to enter the 21st grade. I’m now in the 22nd grade as part of the accelerated MBA/MPH program and eventually hope to make an impact at the intersection of academic dermatology, entrepreneurship, and therapeutics. Outside of the classroom and clinic, I play hockey for SOM and love Latin dancing (bachata especially).  Looking forward to a great year with TD!


Sasha Sabherwal

Hi all! My name is Sasha and I am a second year PhD student in American Studies. I hail from Southern California. My primary research interests are in postcoloniality, feminist studies, and transnationalism. I love practicing yoga, drinking tea, and binge-watching Netflix. I’m excited to add to the growing number of humanists in the TD family and am looking forward to meeting everyone!


Emma Sokoloff-Rubin

Hi TDers! My name is Emma, and I’m in my second year of law school. I was in TD as an undergrad and love spending time in the courtyard. Between college and law school, I worked as a journalist covering human rights in Latin America and education in NYC. I look forward to meeting you. Àshe!


Roseanna Sommers

Hey folks! My name is Roseanna and I’m a joint degree student in law and psychology. My work uses insights from psychology to critique theories of human cognition and behavior embedded in legal doctrine. I am really excited about joining the TD family and I’m looking forward to getting to meet all of you over the coming months! I have experience in the following fields: law & policy, psychology & other social sciences, ethics, health, and education. And I’m always looking to learn something new!


Ming Wang

Hi everyone, I’m Ming and I’m a third year student at the law school. I was in TD during my undergrad days (Ashe!), and I have a lot of love and affection for the college. I’m excited to continue to contributing to TD’s incredible culture and share my experiences with the next generation of TD students! I studied economics and international studies in undergrad and my primary interests at the law school are financial regulation, education, and sports. I’m really looking forward to meeting all of you and helping out with the Mellon Forum in the spring.

Clara Wilson-Hawken

Hi everyone! I’m Clara, and I’m a second year PhD student in American and African American Studies. My work focuses on early twentieth century African American literature, performance, and property ownership. For the Mellon forum, I would love to help with topics ranging from American history to literature and music. I’m excited to be joining the TD community, and I look forward to meeting you throughout the semester!