Javier Portillo (PhD Candidate, MCDB)
Javier Portillo is a PhD candidate in MCDB. He is a National Science Foundation Fellow, a Yale Prize Teaching Fellow, and leads the initiative to create Yale’s first university-wide mentorship program between Yale College, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Yale’s various professional schools. His research interests are aimed at elucidating the molecular/biochemical mechanisms of the genetic and chemical origins of life.
Jerry Ruvalcaba (TD ’23)
Julian Rubinfien (JE ’23)
Julian is a sophomore Math and Physics major helping to build out the Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Initiative (GUMI). He works on various projects in the Physics, CS, and MB&B departments, and has theoretical and experimental interests spanning biology and space sciences. Outside of academics, he volunteers as an EMT at Yale and in New York City.
Kevin Chen (MC ’24)
Kevin Chen is a first-year who hopes to double major in MB&B on the pre-med track and archaeological studies. He is working on the Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Initiative (GUMI) to expand on mentorship resources and promote diversity and inclusion in the Yale research community. Outside of YURA, he works as a paleoarchaeology research assistant in the Thompson lab.