Scientists

Manavi Chatterjee (Biology): 

Manavi Chatterjee is an associate research scientist in the Kaczmarek Laboratory at Yale University. She studies neuropsychiatric disorders at the behavioral and molecular levels. Currently, her work centers on neuronal ion channels and their physiological and molecular interactions. Manavi always wants to move forward and is passionate about all things science. She cannot imagine a life without research. 

Rajeev Erramilli (Physics): 

Rajeev is a third year graduate student in the Physics department at Yale University studying theoretical high energy physics. Studying physics for him allows him to grasp the immensity of the universe and he also loves to be the first person to develop an understanding that is new to the world. He hopes that his research can solve unresolved mysteries in string theory and develop new technologies for future use. 

Juri Miyamae (Earth and Planetary Sciences):

Juri is a 6th year PhD candidate in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences where she works in a vertebrate paleontology lab. Her dissertation focuses on the evolution of facial muscles, a uniquely mammalian trait allowing us to communicate via facial expressions, find and eat food, actively sense our environments, and manipulate objects.

Martha Muñoz (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

Martha Muñoz is an evolutionary biologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She is also an Assistant Curator in the Division of Vertebrate Zoology at the Yale Peabody Museum, and an affiliate faculty member with the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies. Her research focuses on studying how evolution proceeds unevenly by studying the behavior of organisms like reptiles and amphibians who alter behavior, dictating the tempo and mode of evolution.

Aruna Pawashe (Biology): 

Aruna Pawashe is a Lecturer in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and an Associate Research Scientist/S at Yale University. She teaches two Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry laboratory courses, and has been at Yale for nearly three decades. When she’s not doing science, she loves pursuing meditation and sharing it with others. She currently is working on a project to rebuild a girls’ school in her hometown in India, and which you can read more about here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/local-school-development-in-hindalga-india

 

Rowan Palmer (Engineering): 

Rowan is a senior Yale undergraduate majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She’s a creative thinker who absolutely loves to solve problems that contribute to humanity. Science and art blend together for her in engineering and her experiences on the Rocket Team at Yale and in systems engineering for space exploration show that dedication. Ultimately, she values what she calls “the human-side” of engineering, seeking to create a better future for all.

 

Dr. Sreeganga Chandra (Neuroscience):

Dr. Chandra is currently an Associate professor in the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience as well as the deputy Chair for the Department of Neuroscience. Her lab explores the topics of synapse loss and neurodegeneration with her lab having a basic research interest in Parkinson’s disease. She enjoys the constant learning that goes hand in hand with science as well as the discovery aspect of research.

 

Youngmin Shin (Computer Science):

Youngmin Shin is a class of 2021 Yale undergraduate majoring in computer science. In addition to her studies, Youngmin’s time at Yale has been filed with active involvement in Yale WGICS (Yale Women and Gender Minorities in CS) which aims to offer support and foster a community for gender minorities within the CS department. She is motivated to continue her work in CS and to develop tools that she finds to be relevant to daily life.

 

Valerie Navarrete (Biology):

Valerie Navarrete is a class of 2021 senior with a double major in MCDB and Art. Currently she is doing research exploring how epidermal stem cells change on a cellular level in response to aging with her specific interest being the examination of exosomes from different age phenotypes. After graduation she is excited to utilize her talents, both as an artist and as a scientist, to marry two fields many might think to be at odds.

 

Chika Ogbejesi (Neuroscience):

Chika is a class of 2021 Jonathan Edwards Senior with her area of study being Neuroscience. Currently she is working with the Picciotto Laboratory to conduct research on the role of the hippocampus in anxiety-like symptoms within mouse models. Outside of the lab, Chika enjoys giving back to the Yale community and plays an active role in the upcoming classes both as a STARS mentor and as the head froco for JE.

 

Sanah Bhimani (Physics):

Sanah Bhimani is a second-year Physics Ph.D. student at Yale University and currently does CMB experimental cosmology where she works with a team to accomplish the goal of looking for gravitational waves from the inflationary period and believes she can get that through polarization signals in the CMB power spectrum. She remembers being strongly discouraged from pursuing a career in Physics because of scores/GPA, and never felt like there were enough conversations about passion/perseverance. She recalls herself feeling very lonely when she was younger due to this hindrance, and, as a result, unintelligent. She wants to make sure others don’t feel alone because as she describes it, “if you can see it, you can be it.”

Nazar Chowdhury (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology):

Nazar Chowdhury is a former Yale University student who graduated with the Class of 2020 and is an incoming medical student at Yale Medical School. Right now he is teaching undergraduates, which is different than the work he was pursuing the past 4 years. He is teaching science, biology, chemistry, and physics for MCAT studying. Before that, he was involved in research at Yale medical school and was doing his thesis work there as an undergraduate.