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MS and PhD Student Leaders

Representatives to GSA, GPSS and SAYPH

The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) is an elected body of graduate students that represent all Ph.D. students and master's students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). The GSA works closely with Yale administrators, including the Dean of the Graduate School, to advocate for and improve graduate students' academic, social, and living experiences at Yale.

The Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) fosters interaction among students through community service and engagement, social gatherings, and academic and professional events, as well as to support official and unofficial student groups. GPSS also represents the graduate and professional student population on official university committees.

The Student Association of Yale Public Health (SAYPH) is the student government for the Yale School of Public Health. MS and PhD students are also represented through this body.

Please reach out to these MS and PhD representatives to both bodies to share your concerns, suggest initiatives or learn more about the Yale School of Public Health and Yale University.

Alexandra Savinkina

Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases - Represents SAYPH

Year entered the PhD program: 2021

Research Interests: My research interests include infectious disease modeling, especially in the case of emerging diseases and outbreaks, and its intersection with policy.

I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota but have moved around quite a bit since then, living in Boston, Samoa, Atlanta, then Boston again before landing in New Haven. I enjoy running, reading, traveling, and the beach.

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Bolatito Adepoju

MS Health Informatics - Represents SAYPH

Year entered the MS program: 2022

Research Interests: I have a few research interests; 1. Correlation between religion and vaccine hesitancy in Nigeria 2. The impact of timely access to useful data on the health outcome of elderly patients 3. The efficiency of the Polio outbreak response system in Northern Nigeria. I am still trying to decide on my final topic.

I love to have fun, dance, and go to parties. I am from the southwestern part of Nigeria (the giant of Africa, lol). I am interested in meeting new people.

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Claudia Mastrogiacomo

Biostatistics - Represents GSA

Year entered the PhD program: 2021

Research interest: I am interested in biostatistical methods for implementation science.

I'm originally from Long Island, NY. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, yoga, bouldering, and watching reality TV.

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Hongyu Li

Biostatistics - Represents GSA

Year entered the PhD program: 2018

Research interest: My research mainly focuses on developing statistical and machine learning methods to address important problems in biology and medicine with applications to large-scale genetics and genomics data.

A fun fact about me: my PhD advisor shares the same first name with me. I'm also a big LEGO fan.

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Huangrui Chu

Biostatistics - Represents SAYPH

Year entered the PhD program: 2022

Research Interests: My research interests include making use of machine learning methods to analyze large volumes of health data from Computer Vision perspective and Natural Language Processing perspective.

I like to participate in different kinds of events. When you “catch” me during some events, I am always welcome to have a casual chat with you! Moreover, you can email me to ask about which fun events I plan to attend. I enjoy yoga, pilates, and cooking.

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Jessica Wang

Biostatistics - Represents SAYPH

Year entered the PhD program: 2022

Research Interests: I am interested in applying mathematical modeling and machine learning techniques to health care and biotechnology.

I was raised in Beijing but spent the last 4 years in Boston. I love Tango dance, painting and hiking.

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Jiye Kwon

Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases - Represents SAYPH

Year entered the PhD program: 2021

Research Interests: My research interests include using pathogen genomics to probe resistance development through infectious disease modeling.

I have moved from Korea to the Philippines and then to New Haven. In my spare time, I enjoy water sports, racket sports, golfing, and traveling. Oh and also, I can tell you all about New Haven cafes, parking spots, and Yale buildings.

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Yining Li

Chronic Disease Epidemiology - Represents GSA

Year entered the PhD program: 2020

Research Interests: I am interested in studying pleiotropic genetic loci underlying complex traits.

I like classical music, traveling, and different kinds of sports such as surfing, jogging, and volleyball.

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Sappho Gilbert

Chronic Disease Epidemiology - Represents GSA

Year entered the PhD program: 2017

Research interest: My research interests include community health, food security, Arctic epidemiology and mixed methods.

I'm a bilingual dual citizen (USA and Greece) who grew up outside New York City and Washington DC. I enjoy skiing, playing soccer, visiting museums (especially the free ones in DC!) and cooking Greek food.

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