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Who we are


  • Aaron "the Side of Caution" Hakim is a senior in Yale College originally from Toronto. He is in the combined BS/MS program on Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Aaron assisted with fundraising and overall project direction.
  • Spencer "The Aristo" Katz is a senior Intensive Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major in Yale College, originally from Philadelphia. His primary interests are science, art, and Indiana Jones movies. Spencer worked full time in the lab on experimental design and execution.
  • David "The Odds Are" Lim is a senior in Yale College, originally from South Korea, majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. When he isn't in the lab, he enjoys singing, playing water polo, and being outdoors. David helped develop the experimental methodology and conducted the transformation experiments while working full-time this summer.
  • Aaron "Skip to My" Lewis is a junior in Yale College, originally from Savannah, Georgia, majoring in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry. Aaron worked on mathematical models and the team wiki, and general team management.
  • Andriana "Let's Raise" Lebid is a sophomore in Yale College, originally from Ukraine, majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Andriana worked full-time during the summer.
  • Jae Seong (Jason) "Can't Say" No is a sophomore in Yale College born in South Korea. He hopes to major in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology. Jason worked full-time during the summer.


  • Faculty advisor: Farren Isaacs, Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Yale University
  • Graduate advisors:
    • Natalie Ma, Isaacs group
    • Ryan Gallagher, Isaacs group
    • Edward Barbieri, Isaacs group
    • Alexis Rovner, Isaacs group
    • Darryl Reeves, Isaacs group
    • Jen Nguyen, Modis group
    • Dan Spakowicz, Strobel group

Where we work

This year, the team relocated from the laboratory of emeritus Professor Nigel Grindley to a vacant lab on Yale Unviersity's recently acquired West Campus, located in the town of Milford, twenty minutes away by shuttle from central campus. Equipped with donations from the retiring professors Grindley and Roeder, the lab housed our research throughout the summer and now as we continue into the Fall term.