Yale iGEM 2018 Team Members

Farren Isaacs, Primary PI

Stephen Dellaporta, Secondary PI

Jaymin Patel, Instructor

Kevin Chang, Student Leader

Kevin Chang is a rising junior at Yale University studying Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Computer Science. Outside of iGEM, Kevin is also heavily involved with the Yale Scientific Magazine and is currently the Publisher for the student-run publication. In his free time, he enjoys playing the bells of Harkness Tower as a member of the Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs. In the future, Kevin plans to pursue a career in World Domination. At the moment, though, he is trying to keep it a secret. Also, if you befriend him now, he might just spare you later…Until then, for fun, Kevin enjoys playing with stuffed animals, chasing chipmunks, and taking long naps.

Cecily Gao

Cecily Gao is a rising sophomore originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She plans to study Computer Science a Yale. She is interested in applying computer science to various sectors of society. In her free time, she's working on an MVP for an electronic health records system for the largest public hospital in Liberia. Through her time at Yale, she hopes to further explore various societal applications of computer science.

Kevin Li

Kevin Li is a rising sophomore at Yale majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Originally from sunny Orlando, Florida, Kevin spent this past winter realizing how cold it can get in the Northeast and how much it can snow in one city. Climate aside, Kevin also realized his passion for biology at Yale and is interested in exploring the potential of small organisms. Outside of participating in research with the iGEM Team, he enjoys singing with his a cappella group, and working closely with a local Alderman in the New Haven community.

Ricky Moscoso

Ricky Moscoso is a rising senior at Yale majoring in Biomedical Engineering. He is fascinated by the mechanisms of life and the potential of engineering biological systems to solve difficult problems in our world today. He joined the iGEM team to work on a project that he believes has profound implications for the health of our environment. Outside of his enthusiasm for bioengineering, Ricky is a proud sushi addict, alto saxophone player, and volunteer teacher in New Haven.

Lauren Telesz

Lauren Telesz is a rising junior at Yale majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut, Lauren has been a passionate member of the community in New Haven for quite some time. Before matriculating, she conducted research in an OB-GYN lab at Yale Medical School. Since 2015, she’s worked with the Yale-New Haven Smilow Cancer Center and Teen Cancer America, to develop a new oncology clinic for adolescents and young adults. At Yale, Lauren is a volunteer teacher working to knitting the New Haven community together through education. Outside of the lab, Lauren is a passionate historian and avid reader and writer for Homebound Publications.

Alice Tirad

Alice Tirard is a rising junior at Yale who moved to the US from France so she could double major in Art and Biology. She hopes to pursue neurobiology, although ornithology and evolutionary biology have also caught her eye. Being both an artist and a biologist, Alice is invested in the future of medical illustration and scientific literacy, which she believes will soon be transformed by new forms of visual storytelling and technology.