Peer Mentors

A set of four junior and senior MB&B majors serve as peer mentors for students who are considering or entering the MB&B major.  Peer mentors can give fellow students a sense of the experience of majoring in MB&B and practical advice on navigating the requirements and electives in our program. Peer mentors offer advice on which classes to take, experiences to consider and anything pertaining to the major. They can provide advice on how to take advantage of the many academic resources available to you, such as peer tutors, college tutors, teaching fellows, faculty office hours, etc.  Peer mentors also host informal community-building get-togethers in the department for prospective and current majors.  If you have not yet declared an MB&B major and want to be invited to these events, please email MBBUndergrad@yale.edu.

Please note that peer mentors supplement the MB&B faculty academic advisors.  You should meet one of the faculty advisors to discuss details of the MB&B degree requirements, to get your schedule or other official forms signed, and to get faculty-level advice on things like setting up an independent research experience, planning a scientific career, etc.

Peer tutors for 2020-2021 are:

Raquel Sequeira, raquel.sequeira@yale.edu, Class of 2021, Timothy Dwight College

Raquel is interested in energetics at all levels, from physics to ecology, and especially how energy is transferred and transformed across those levels. She has done research in epigenetics and now works on modeling electron transport. Raquel is also a student of philosophy and literature, with a focus on Shakespeare scholarship and performance. She hopes to unite her passions for science and humanities in her work.
 

Cory Wu, cory.wu@yale.edu, Class of 2021, Grace Hopper College

Cory is currently conducting research in the Anderson Lab, where he investigates the selectivity determinants of the enzyme APOBEC3B, an enzyme linked with tumorigenesis.  Outside of research, Cory serves as the Lieutenant of Education of Yale Emergency Medical Service and as a tour guide for the Yale Peabody Museum.  Always feel welcome to come on one of his tours if you are interested in the evolution and complex adaptation of modern birds!

Mehana Daftary, mehana.daftary@yale.edu Class of 2022, Benjamin Franklin College

Mehana is interested in biochemistry and disease mechanisms, and how our learning can inform rational drug development. She works at the Crews lab assisting in the development of PROTACS, which are chimeric complexes designed to specifically ubiquitinate and degrade target proteins. She is passionate about public health and epidemiology and hopes to continue to explore these interests during the rest of her time at Yale. Outside of academic interests, Mehana is the Yale Campus Girl Scout Secretary, serves as a coordinator for the Yale Community Kitchen, and is an officer in the Glee Club.

Daniel Guerra, daniel.guerra@yale.edu, Class of 2022, Trumbull College

Daniel has been invested in learning about the crossover of the physical sciences and engaging in humanities at Yale. He has done research on the mechanisms of diabetes and recently worked in the lab of former MB&B professor Dr. Patrick Sung, focusing on tumor suppressors BRCA1 and BRCA2 and DNA repair processes. Outside of science, Daniel serves on YCC, as the Creative Director for Y Fashion House, and Publicity Director/Choreographer for Yale Danceworks.