Graduate Affiliates

Lucy Armentano

Lucy Armentano is a fourth year PhD student in Social and Personality Psychology working with Professor Margaret Clark in the Yale Relationship Science Lab.  She studies emotional expression within close relationships, particularly how the ways in which we express emotion impact our relationships with partners and friends.  When not doing research, Lucy loves to garden, knit, bake, and to spend time with her husband and their family.  She is excited to get to know you all!

Laura Brush

Laura Brush is a second year master of environmental management student at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is interested in environmental health and climate change adaptation. Before starting her masters, Laura worked in D.C. as an environmental policy consultant to federal agencies including the EPA. Laura holds a B.A. in public policy and global studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is looking forward to continuing to meet JE's great students this year!

Chris Chow

Chris Chow is a first year MD student in the School of Medicine. Originally from Orinda, California (in the Bay Area), Chris was a member of Jonathan Edwards as an undergrad at Yale, graduating in 2013. In college, Chris was a member of the Yale Symphony Orchestra, JECC, and a proud JE intramurals participant (proudest moment: 2011 IM hockey champions!) Outside of class, Chris is most interested in hiking, skiing, drums, hockey, and food. Feel free to hit him up with any and all questions!

Alyssa Mitzon-Salazar

Alyssa Mitson-Salazar is a fifth-year MD/PhD student in immunobiology studying the mechanisms of allergic inflammation. Originally from a rural farming town in southern Colorado, she studied biology as an undergrad at Yale (JE 2012). Her fondest memories of undergrad include working in lab, choreographing for Danceworks, tutoring biology, 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 or clinic, Alyssa enjoys hiking, dancing, eating tacos, and playing with her three-legged cat. She’s all ears if you ever want to chat about anything—just shoot her an email to meet up! :)

Cody Musselman
GSAS/Religious Studies

Cody Musselman is a fourth-year PhD student in Religious Studies, focusing on fitness and wellness communities within American Religious History. Before coming to Yale she received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a BA from Kalamazoo College. When not contemplating the meaning of life, she likes to play volleyball, ultimate frisbee and rock climb.

Nicholas Nordlund
GSAS/Engineering - Electrical Engineering

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!

Nathan Nguyen
GSAS/Cell Bio

Nathan Nguyen is a fifth year PhD student in Cell Biology. He comes from the faraway land known as California. Before attending Yale, Nathan studied molecular biology, bioinformatics, and astrophysics at the University of California – Santa Cruz. His scientific interest is in astrobiology, hence he spent some time of my undergraduate career working for NASA to develop biofuel and recycling methods for space missions. Currently he is engaged in basic science research emphasizing on a cellular process called macroautophagy. Nathan’s hobbies include reading, singing karaoke, cooking, and board/video games. He likes to talk to students about doing research, career development, and life as a graduate student. He looks forward to meeting the JE students - we will have an awesome year!      

Caitlin Palmer

Caitlin Parmer is a 3rd year medical student originally hailing from San Diego, California. Caitlin’s love for Jonathan Edwards College began as a Yale undergraduate in the class of 2013. A former IM secretary, resident of entryway C, and buttery enthusiast, Caitlin is extremely excited to once again become involved with the JE community. As an undergraduate, she sang with Proof of the Pudding and Whim ‘n Rhythm, and she now performs with the graduate student a cappella group, The Citations. Her other hobbies include volleyball, squash, crosswords, and baking pies. Come say hi if you see her in the dining hall!

Todd Venook

Todd Venook is a second-year student at Yale Law School and native of the San Francisco Bay Area. He went to undergrad at Harvard (where his football loyalty still lies) and majored in Social Studies, then worked in the Boston Consulting Group's New York office. An avid pizza consumer, hiker, and (bad) basketball player, Todd is happy to talk about anything from grad school applications to European baseball. 

Chris Wang

Chris Wang is a fourth year PhD student in the Physics department. His research focuses on experimentally demonstrating the building blocks of a quantum computer using superconducting circuits. A New York native, Chris began his undergraduate career at CUNY MHC @ Hunter College before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania where he received his B.A. in Physics in 2015. He has played club ultimate frisbee throughout college as well as with Yale's own men's team, SuperflyHaving been a graduate student teaching fellow during his whole time here at Yale, Chris is particularly interested in understanding and improving methods for effective and impactful teaching in STEM, and is always happy to have a conversation regarding students' own learning experiences.

Katarina Yin

Katrina Yin is a second-year Master's student at the School of Architecture. After graduating from Yale College (JE 2015) she worked at architecture firms in New York before returning to school. She is currently working on a ferry terminal in the Bronx for studio and taking graphic design classes at the School of Art.

Jack Zhao

Jack Zhao is a third year medical student from Champaign, Illinois. He is a proud member of the class of JE '14 where he was involved in JECC. Fun fact: while working on his biomedical engineering degree, he completed his senior thesis in our very own Head Saltzman's lab! Besides medical school, Jack helps to run the Grad Affiliate program and is involved in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. In his spare time, Jack likes to grill and try out New Haven's ever changing restaurants. Feel free to say hi when you see him!

Douglas Gledhill
Global Affairs

Douglas Gledhill is a first year MA student at the Jackson Institute. He is most interested in the intersection of politics, economics, and business. At Jackson he's focusing on factors that affect the business and investment climate in various countries, with particular interest in Asia and Latin America. Originally from North Carolina, Douglas went to Middlebury College, where he studied international politics and economics, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese. Douglas spent a few years working in corporate and operations finance at all over the US. Most recently, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of backpacking the world. In 2017, he traveled through 12 countries in the Americas and in 2018 he traveled through 10 countries in Asia with his fiancee, a first year MA student at FES. In his free time, Douglas loves cooking, chatting with friends, hiking, and playing video games. 

Shelby Meckstroth
Public Health


Shelby Meckstroth is a first year Master of Public Health student, studying Chronic Disease Epidemiology and Regulatory Affairs. She is interested in genetics and cancer outcomes research, and more specifically, Hematology Oncology. After the Masters, she is hoping to go on to more school (PhD or MD). While not studying, Shelby loves to do triathlons and is on the Yale Cycling team. Before coming to Yale, she attended Sewanee: The University of the South where she majored in Biology: Ecology and Biodiversity, minored in Spanish and played Varsity Soccer. I am excited to get to know everyone in JE, and I look forward to talking to people about anything from plants to cancer and sports.

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. 

Manning Ding

Manning Ding is a second-year student at Yale Law School from Iowa. After graduating from Harvard College in 2012, Manning worked in Uganda with the Harvard Kennedy School, Beijing as a Fulbright Fellow, across Asia, Europe, and U.S. as a consultant with McKinsey, and in Boston as a private equity investor. Though she still wears Crimson to Harvard/Yale games, Manning has developed a deep fondness for the Yale college community through her experience as a teaching fellow. She is thrilled to be a member of the Jonathan Edwards community, and is eager to chat about fellowships, grad school applications, travel, Iowa State Fair, or anything on your mind. Please come say hi to her if you see her around the dining hall or send her an email to meet up!

Patrick Young

Patrick is a third year MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the School of Drama, he studies the history of play and labor in theatrical production . He received a MA in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland - College Park and a BA in Theater Arts from the University of California - Santa Cruz. He enjoys coffee, experimental theater, and hiking.