Latest Open Labs Café Event 

Talks: Susan Knox, Holly Merta, Lydia Hoffstaetter
Videos: See the video page.
Location: Kroon Hall, Yale
Date: November 13th, 2016

Susan Knox, Ph.D. student in Chemistry, speaks about Understanding the Ingredients in Toothpaste.  Susan is a first year Ph.D. student in the Chemistry Department at Yale University, with a focus in chemical biology. In 2016, she graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology. While at TCNJ, she founded TCNJ Connect, a program where undergraduates visit local high schools and present their research experiences. In 2014-15, she was selected as a NJ Governor’s STEM Scholar, for which she developed and conducted an experiment about lateralization in the trigeminal nerve while mentoring four high school students. At Yale, Susan participates in Open Labs, ManyMentors, and Yale Swing & Blues.

 Holly Merta, Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, will discuss Microscopy as a window into a new world!  Holly is a second year graduate student in Shirin Bahmanyar’s lab at Yale. She is originally from Houston, Texas, where she graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She enjoys cell photography (microscopy), cooking, taking her cat on walks, and discussing the ins and outs of education with her husband David, who is a middle school Spanish teacher. Holly hopes to one day become a professor and teach students of all ages about how cool cell biology is.

Lydia Hoffstaetter, Ph.D. student in Neuroscience, will talk about Hibernation.  Lydia grew up in Ithaca, NY, and graduated from Cornell University in 2012 with a double major in biological sciences and in philosophy. During high school and college, she worked in several research labs during the summers to explore different areas of biology, which eventually lead to her interest in the nervous system. Now she is a 5th year graduate student at Yale University in the department of Neuroscience, studying hibernation and temperature sensation. Lydia loves to share science with students of all ages, and participates, with her lab, in other Pathways to science events, such as Brain Education Day and the summer Scholars program. To relax, she likes to dance, draw, and play piano.

Open Labs Café Event July 15th

Talks: Tyler Rice, Eric Jin, Danielle Widner
Videos: See the video page.
Location: Kroon Hall, Yale
Date: July 16th, 2016

Tyler Rice, Ph.D. student in Immunobiology, speaks about the topic of Healthy Bacteria.  He is studying the relationship between gut bacteria and the immune system of mammals, through the influence of a protein called IgA. Tyler came to Yale from the NIH Postbac program in Bethesda, MD where he studied the effects of probiotics on alveolar macrophages. Previously he attended Auburn University in Alabama where he enjoyed learning about plant biology, engineering, and eating lots of BBQ. In his spare time he enjoys playing volleyball and, whenever possible, spending time with family on the sunny beaches of Florida. 

Eric Jin, Ph.D. student in Applied Physics, will discuss Creating Fuel from Sunlight. Eric spent most of his life in California, where he attended college at the University of California at Berkeley, majoring in physics. He is now working toward his Ph.D. at Yale in the Applied Physics department, where he uses fancy vacuum chambers to grow and characterize atomic nanostructures. By having precision down to the atom (literally!), we can design new materials for the future in the fields of renewable energies, advanced electronics, biotechnology, and aerospace engineering. Eric will talk about the renewable energy component; notably, how to use these new materials to effectively convert sunlight into usable fuel. When Eric isn’t doing physics, you might find him hiking, taking photos, or swing dancing! 

Danielle Widner, Ph.D. student in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry will talk about Antibiotic Resistance.  Growing up in rural Wisconsin, Dani became fascinated with the natural world. In college at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point that love of nature transformed into a fascination with the intricacies of life on a molecular level. She is a graduate student in the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry graduate program at Yale and studies non-coding RNAs in bacteria. Outside of lab Dani enjoys rollerblading, board games, and sushi. 

Open Labs Science Café November 2015

An Introduction to Science Cafe by Zlatko Minev

Talks: Robin Canavan, Darryl Seligman, Sharif Kornemer
Videos: See the video page.
Location: Kroon Hall, Yale
Date: Nov. 8th, 2015

Robin Canavan, graduate student in Geology & Geophysics, will help you Life on a Different Planet - The Secret Past of Our Own Earth. You might not even recognize our planet when it looked more like the ice planet Hoth in the Star Wars Universe.  Learn how scientists can unravel past climate information and how Earth might be headed back to resembling the tropical greenhouse world of the age of the dinosaurs. 

Darryl Seligman, graduate student in Astronomy, will talk about Stellar Astrophysics. The Sun is the only astrophysical object that directly impacts us, and its behavior profoundly influences our life on Earth.  Space weather and geomagnetic storms from solar eruptions such as flares and coronal mass ejections present high risk to power stations, GPS systems and satellites. Therefore, understanding mechanisms driving these eruptions and predicting space weather is one of the most compelling and societally relevant astrophysical goals.  There are many theories about how energy is transported from deep within the sun to the exterior. My talk is on research I have done on the relationship between the plasma and the magnetic fields in active regions.

Sharif Kronemer, graduate student in Biology & Biomedical Science, will talk about Consciousness - What is it and How do we define it? 

Open Labs Science Cafe Video List A


Cancer Immunotherapy by Andres Munoz

Sunlight to Fuel by Julianne Thomsen

How to Build an Artificial Worl by Zlatko Minev

My Road to Science by Craig Holloway

Nanobots to Fight Disease by Michael McHugh

November 2015 - Darryl Seligman, Sharif I. Kronemer, and Robin Canavan