Current YGCC Leadership
Brian Bink, President
Brian is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Social Psychology. His research focuses on communication patterns of goal-support within romantic relationships, and how various approaches to goal-support influence relationship satisfaction. In addition to his role at YGCC, Brian is a McDougal Career Fellow at the Office of Career Strategy where he helps students explore career paths in business and technology. Before coming to Yale, he served in the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer on a submarine. In his free time, Brian enjoys woodworking, and anything that allows him to be outdoors with his dog.
Kendall Arslanian, Ph.D., Co-Vice President of Pro Bono Activities
Kendall just finished her PhD in Biological Anthropology from Yale and is now a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Public Health. Her research focused on the genetic and biological basis of obesity in Pacific Islanders and she now works with this immigrant group in the US. Before coming to Yale, Kendall graduated from the University of Michigan with honors. She's interested in applying her public health and biological expertise in the private sector through consulting.
Christina Cho, Vice President of Communications
Woo Young is a fifth-year Ph.D candidate in Chemistry. Her research involves discovering and characterizing small molecules produced by human microbiota that modulate the immune system. She enjoys mentoring future scientists through the Yale Science Festival, CT STEM Fair, and 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures. She also likes going on long road trips, hiking, and practicing calligraphy.
Chun Hu, Co-Vice President of Pro Bono Activities
Chun is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Pharmacology at the Yale School of Medicine and Cancer Biology Institute. Coming from a neuroscience background, Chun is now studying the oncogenic mechanisms of glioblastoma to understand how cells encode dynamic inputs to make cell fate decisions. Chun is also a Canaan-Yale Venture Fellow, helping a $5B VC firm conduct due diligence for early-stage investments. In his free time, he enjoys cooking all things Asian, kickboxing, and film photography.
Xiruo Li, Co-Vice President of Content
Xiruo is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Cellular & Molecular Physiology and Internal Medicine/Endocrinology at the Yale School of Medicine. Xiruo focuses on applying stable isotope tracer methods to understand obesity-induced inflammation and the mechanisms by which adiponectin reverses insulin resistance. In addition to her role at YGCC, Xiruo also works at Office of Cooperative Research to help facilitate patent application and transfer of technology. In her free times, she enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking as well as watching anime.
Koen Vanderschuren, Vice President of Outreach
Koen is a sixth-year PhD student in Molecular Biology and the Systems Biology Institute. His research aims to modify protein pharmaceuticals with unnatural amino acids to extend protein half-life and to lower their injection frequency. To explore the commercial opportunities of this technology, Koen is also working on customer discovery as part of a team in the Yale Accelerator for Innovation Development program. He also likes hiking, cooking Flemish mussels, and spending time with friends.
Niraja Chopade, Vice President of Activities
Niraja is a first year Master of Environmental Management student at Yale. She studies the nexus of business, energy and the environment and is passionate about corporate sustainability and renewable energy. Prior to Yale, Niraja, who was a recipient of the prestigious Chief Minister’s Fellowship, worked with the Government of Maharashtra on the strategy and execution of various government schemes and initiatives. In her free time Niraja loves going to the gym, cooking, reading and watching movies.
Alisia Botthof, Assistant Vice President of Activities
Alisia is a second-year MS student in work and organizational psychology, planning to graduate in Germany next year, where she also did her bachelor's in psychology. During her master's she is attending Yale for one year. Her research here focuses on the association between self-esteem and emotion-expression in romantic couples. Outside school and work she loves sports like dancing and skiing. Good for her that her hometown Munich is close to the Alps. She also enjoys cooking and baking on lazier days.
Colleen Lopez, Ph.D., Vice President of Programming
Colleen is a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale Cardiovascular Research Center in the School of Medicine. Her research focuses on cardiac stem cells and tissue engineering approaches to test cardiovascular repair and regeneration with the goal of understanding cardiovascular disease mechanisms, as well as, development of novel therapeutic interventions. Dr. Lopez is also a current Yale Accelerator for Innovation Development (Y-AID) Fellow and holds an NIH T32 training fellowship. Prior to Yale she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Oxford and has worked for over 10 years in research both in academic and Biotech settings. Her experience has provided extensive experience in research-based projects, technical writing, analytical thinking, and team management. When she is not in the lab, she loves playing soccer, traveling the world, dancing, and wine!
Arjun Jaini., Assistant Manager of Programming
Arjun Jaini is a 3rd year Ph.D. materials science candidate in Chemistry. He has an interest in clean energy, and his research focuses on innovative ways to produce solar fuels, particularly through water oxidation. In addition to his role at YGCC, he is involved in the Diversity Climate Committee within the chemistry department and serves as a mentor with the New Haven Science Fair in an effort to improve access to science for underrepresented populations. In his free time, Arjun enjoys being in nature, biking around East Rock, and trying new recipes that aren't pre-packaged from Trader Joe's.
Minnie Li, Assistant Manager of Activities
Minnie Min Ying Li is a rising second year Master of Environmental Science student at Yale School of the Environment. Her research focuses on spy satellite imagery analytics and urban modeling using geospatial science. Before coming to Yale, Minnie worked as a GIS data analyst at Apple after graduating college from UCLA. She is also a multilingual and experienced professional in sustainability and data science. In Minnie’s spare time, she loves playing Quidditch (Harry Potter sports), Bali Gamelan music and drinking boba.