Graduate Affiliates

Our 2022-2023 Graduate Affiliates! 

Alyssa Mitson-Salazar

Alyssa Mitson-Salazar is an eighth-year MD/PhD student in immunobiology studying regulatory T cells in intestinal homeostasis and allergic inflammation. Originally from a rural farming town in southern Colorado, she studied biology as an undergraduate at Yale (JE 2012). Her fondest memories of undergrad include working in lab, choreographing for Danceworks, tutoring for the STARS I program, and being a FroCo. Before returning to Yale, Alyssa worked for two years at the National Institutes of Health. When she’s not in lab, Alyssa enjoys hiking, dancing, and eating tacos. She’s all ears if you ever want to chat about anything—just shoot her an email to meet up! :)


Brooke Bodensteiner

Brooke Bodensteiner is a first year PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Before attending Yale, Brooke did two years of PhD at Virginia Tech studying Biology, and got her Masters of Science and BS from Iowa State University in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. Her scientific interests broadly relate to how organisms interact with their environment, particularly their thermal environment, and what that means for the evolution and persistence of these organisms in a rapidly changing world. When not chasing lizards around the world, Brooke enjoys spending time with her dog, hiking, crafts, and movie nights. Brooke is excited to meet the JE students and discuss doing research, graduate school, and whatever else comes up.


Cody Musselman (Culture Draw Operations Manager) 

Cody Musselman is a PhD student in Religious Studies, focusing on the intersections of capitalism, religion, and health in the American wellness industry. Before coming to Yale she received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelors in Religion from Kalamazoo College. She currently works as a JE Culture Draw coordinator. When not teaching, doing research, or booking logistics for Culture Draw, you can find her playing volleyball in the Payne Whitney gym, ultimate frisbee at Rice fields, or rock climbing at City Climb.


Daniel Mejia-Cruz

Daniel (Danny) Mejia-Cruz is a second-year law student at Yale Law School. Originally from Honduras, and after living in Alaska and Texas, he majored in government and history as an undergrad at Bowdoin College. After college, he spent a year in Cairo, tried his hand at investment banking in New York, and ultimately landed in the New York DA’s Office, where he served on the teams that prosecuted Harvey Weinstein and investigated the Trump Organization. He’s happy to chat with anyone about anything, including postgrad career options, law school, movies, books, LGBTQ issues, and navigating college as a first-generation student. Always feel free to email him or say hi if you see him around campus!


Dorthy Fang

Dorthy Fang is a first year in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program (Molecular Cell Biology, Genetics & Development track), with interests in cancer biology. She grew up in (sort-of) upstate New York, and received a B.A. in Environmental Biology at Columbia University. In her gap years before coming to Yale, she conducted plant surveys in rural Wisconsin and worked at a biotech startup in San Diego. When not holed up in lab, she can often be found exploring the great outdoors to relive her ecology days, trying new restaurants, or jamming to music. Please feel free to reach out to her about anything and everything - she is excited to get to know everyone in JE! 


Hang Nguyen

Hang is a first-year medical student. She graduated from Yale (JE SUX) in May 2021 with a BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. During college, Hang was involved with the first-generation/low-income (FGLI) community and the Vietnamese Students Association at Yale. In her senior year, she served as a first-year counselor (FroCo) for JE. On the weekend, Hang volunteers with HAVEN Free Clinic in the Lab Department. In her free time, she enjoys painting, learning different languages, and cooking Vietnamese food. Talk to her about anything: pre-med, being FGLI, plants, art, cold brew — anything!


Holden Miles

Holden Miles is a first-year Masters of Architecture I student undergoing his professional degree program. He holds a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia with a minor in Architectural History. Holden’s fascination with architecture is primarily in the built form and seeks to achieve designs which balance current social-environmental issues with strong, atmospheric and emotional engagement. He is always interested in how architecture is utilized and perceived, not only from an academic perspective, but from all who encounter it. Yale has a strong architectural legacy so if anyone has even the slightest interest in architecture, urbanism, or design in general, Holden is happy to speak with you about it. When not in studio, you can find Holden sleeping, playing guitar, or sleeping.


Jisun Kim (Theater Manager & Culture Draw Ticketing) 

Jisun Kim (she/her) is a fourth-year MFA candidate in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale School of Drama. She is an idealist, dramaturg, artist and scholar. She created a non-verbal puppetry/movement piece benjisun presents bodyssey with Benjamin Benne, and an online puppet musical Let’s Go to the Moon with Nicole E. Lang (Yale Cabaret). Jisun is a former managing & web editor of Theater magazine (Duke UP). She received her BA and MA in English Literature from Ewha Woman’s University, South Korea. She believes in a transformative power of theater, because it transformed her. Her recent research interest is queer of color comedy. Jisun is also deeply in love with coffee. Please let her know if you want to get a coffee (or tea or water) with her. She’s excited to get to know JE students.


Keni Sabath

Keni is a third-year student at Yale Law School. She attended Yale College where she majored in American Studies and Political Science. After graduating, Keni stayed in New Haven and worked as a Yale Woodbridge Fellow and then as a research associate at the Yale School of Management. At Yale Law, Keni has served on the executive boards of the Yale Entertainment & Sports Law Association, the Yale Law & Business Society, and the Women of Color Collective. Feel free to reach out to talk about anything, including picking courses, studying abroad, staying in New Haven after graduation, and applying to law school.


Maureen Gill

Maureen is a first year PhD student in Psychology. She is interested in formalizing people’s judgment and decision-making processes. When not doing research, you can find her drinking starbucks or at the gym. She’s happy to talk about anything, e.g., psych or grad school, and she can look over your drafts too. 


Nick Fisk

J. Nick Fisk is a second year PhD student in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics in the Townsend lab and is a member of the Cancer Biology Training Program. He is from New Mexico and got his B.S. (Biotechnology/Bioinformatics) and M.S. (Bioinformatics) from RIT. Nick is an avid writer, poet (English and Spanish), and lover of birds. In his free time, he coaches Yale’s wrestling club–come give it a try! He also enjoys flower arranging, anime, and most sports. Feel free to get a hold of him, be it for fun bird facts, coffee, or just to get something off your chest. 


Nick Nordlund (Co-Head GA)

Nick Nordlund is a second year PhD student in Electrical Engineering. His research involves using machine learning to solve various resource allocation problems in Network Science. Nick graduated with JE ‘17 so you may have already met him playing IM ping pong or working the Buttery. Outside the lab, you’ll find him playing guitar with DPops, trying to stay upright on a snowboard, or playing golf on the Yale course. He’s always happy to chat - just send him an email!