Graduate Affiliates

Graduate Affiliates are graduate and professional students who receive certain privileges in Berkeley in exchange for coordinating programs for, interacting with, and counseling undergraduates.  They have been active throughout the college in many ways: helping with freshman move-in, hosting Junior Semester Abroad and pre-med info talks, and sponsoring yummy study breaks.

If you would like more information on the Graduate Affiliate program, please follow the following link:

Graduate Affiliates for 2018-2019 (Additional GA’s to be announced in September)

Co-Head Grad Affiliates


Eugene Kim (Law)

Eugene is a proud Berkeley alumnus (2016) and a first-year student at the law school. As an undergraduate, he majored in economics, focusing on the relationship between finance and economic development. Outside of the classroom, he was one of Berkeley’s student chefs for Final Cut and a clarinetist for the Yale Concert Band. In his sophomore year, he helped organize the band’s tour to Ghana, where students aided in service projects and transcription of traditional drumming melodies. After graduating, he worked at a quantitative hedge fund, where he worked on corporate credit trading and risk modeling. He then returned to Yale to study law, with a particular interest in antitrust, gender equality, and legal technology. He is happy to talk to students about most anything, ranging from professional interests in law and finance to his more eclectic interests in English poetry, Eastern philosophy, and musical conducting. 

Allison Rabkin-Golden (Law)

Allison is a JD candidate at Yale Law School. She grew up in San Francisco, California but came to also love the east coast, and New Haven specifically, as an undergraduate at Yale College – she is a proud former Berkeleyite and loves all things Berkeley. After graduation she moved to China on a Fulbright and subsequently developed a professional career spanning the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. She looks forward to getting to know Berkeley students and supporting them with any and all questions, about academics at Yale, post-graduate fellowships, law school, and anything else on their minds! 

Grad Affiliates

Diksha Brahmbhatt (Public Health) 

I’m a student in the 5-Year BA-BS/MPH program at the School of Public Health in the Chronic Disease Epidemiology track. As a proud Berkeleyite (Class of ‘18), I am excited to pretend like I never left! While at Yale, I spent my summers in Swaziland, South Africa, India, and the NYC Dept. of Health working in documentary filmmaking, mental health, community health, epidemiology, and health disparities. Please reach out if any of these sound up your alley! I am also a fan of running in New Haven, attending the South Asian Society events, petting Brie, and eating a week’s worth of food at the Chinese Dinner and ThunderBrunch! 

Andrés Bustamante (History)

Andrés Bustamante (BK ‘15) is a Ph.D. student in the History department. After graduating from Yale, Andrés spent two years at the University of Cambridge as a Paul Mellon Fellow studying archaeology and history of art. His research looks at 19th and 20th century Mexico, focusing on the history of pre-Columbian art and the use of archaeology as a tool for nationalist mobilization and state formation. Andrés has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. He enjoys cooking Mexican food, exploring archaeological sites, and playing the marimba. Feel free to get in touch about history, museums, the Paul Mellon Fellowship and Mellon Mays program, or generally about life in Berkeley and at Yale.

Michael Cohen (Public Health)

Michael Cohen is a third year PhD student in the Health Policy and Management department. His research generally falls under the umbrella of health economics, with interests in quality and financial incentives, particularly related to long-term care. Prior to arriving in New Haven, he got his master’s degree from Harvard, worked for a few years in Boston, and received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis. When he’s not hitting the books, Michael enjoys hiking, cooking, listening to podcasts about Survivor, and competing with the Yale curling team.

Arpit Dua (Physics)

I am a PhD student in the Department of Physics. I graduated from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee in 2014.  I am currently working in the area of Quantum Computing and Condensed Matter which is at the intersection of physics, math and a ‘bit’ of computer science. During my undergrad, I gained international research exposure at the Max Planck Institute and the Perimeter Institute. For a while, I had been a programming enthusiast and participated in coding contests at the national level. Besides, I was fortunate to get a flavor of social entrepreneurship by doing foundational work for the chapter of Avanti Fellows at IIT Roorkee. Serving as a Young Ambassador for DAAD (Germany) for two years, gave me experience to talk about a number of fields at the graduate level and the corresponding scholarships. Feel free to talk to me about math, physics, programming and academic career options in general as well as social or technical entrepreneurship. I am looking forward to interact with you !

Jessica Glass (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

Jessica Glass (BK ‘10) is a PhD candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department. Before starting her PhD, she spent four years in Alaska, first working on commercial fishing boats in the Bering Sea, then getting a M.S. in Fisheries. She now studies the evolution of commercially important marine fish, using genetics to inform management and conservation. Her dissertation research focuses on the western Indian Ocean, from South Africa to Seychelles. In Alaska, Jessica spent her spare time fishing, hunting, and skiing. In New Haven, she rides on the Yale Polo Team and is often seen running around East Rock with her black lab, Zephyr. Get in touch if you want to talk about marine biology, grant writing, international research, or how to share a bathroom with 19 fishermen. 

Ken Gunasekera (MD-PhD)

My name is Ken Gunasekera (BK ‘15 – Thundercoqs Fly High). I’m from Long Island, NY, and am currently an MD-PhD student and will be pursuing my PhD training at the School of Public Health in Epidemiology of Microbial Disease. I’m really interested in medicine, social determinants of health, figuring out how to measure things, traveling, food, running, swimming, long walks, and spending time with people. I am happy to keep being a part of the Berkeley Community and would love to talk about academic/career stuff and other interesting things in life. If you see me in the dining hall or on campus, say hi – I promise to be friendly!

Daniel Jones (History)

Daniel is a history graduate student who studies corruption and identity in Early Modern Europe.  He is a Wurtele Gallery Teacher at the Yale University Art Gallery, and a McDougal Teaching Fellow at Yale’s Center for Teaching and Learning. Daniel is a father of three young boys and is interested in everything and nothing else.  He enjoys physics, car repair, golf, carpentry, and Tim Horton’s coffee. Feel free to contact him with any questions about life at Yale, or if you need something fixed around the house!

Kin Lam (SOM)

Kin Lam is a first year MBA student at the Yale School of Management. Originally from San Francisco Bay Area, Kin worked in London for three years as a strategy consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms. He earned his BA in Economics at UC Berkeley (same Berkeley as Berkeley College!) and MPhil at the University of Cambridge. A dedicated violinist, Kin has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on four continents in such venues as the Sydney Opera House and Blenheim Palace. At Yale SOM, Kin serves as finance chair of the Internship Fund, a lead admissions guide, research assistant, and team captain of the MBA Impact Investing Network. A devoted foodie, Kin also serves as a leader of the Food & Wine Club. Feel free to reach out about anything, especially business school! 

Elizabeth Lee (Nursing)

I’m a second year student at Yale School of Nursing. I’m completing a masters in nursing to be a pediatric nurse practitioner. Before coming to Yale, I spent four years in San Diego, California, running on the beach, watching sunsets, getting the most out of my Disneyland pass, and eating burritos. I was also studying at University of California, San Diego majoring in Physiology & Neuroscience and Public Health. A big part of my college experience was working with Camp Kesem, a nonprofit that provides a free week of summer camp for kids affected by a parent’s cancer. Camp Kesem has a special place in my heart and I am still involved here, with Yale’s chapter. I grew up in Burlington, Vermont and love the outdoors and all things maple-flavored. I’m excited to be part of Berkeley college and can’t wait to meet you all! Come ask me what special ingredient California burritos have that you won’t find in burritos in New Haven.

Kavita Mistry (MD-PhD)

I love Yale. In fact, I love Yale so much that after graduating from Berkeley College (Class of ‘11), I decided to stay here for another 8 years as part of Yale’s MD/PhD Program! While I was at Yale College, I majored in English and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, took part in dance, volunteering and science research, and shared some wonderful times with fellow Berkeleyites and students from the other (lesser) residential colleges, alike. Although I initially thought about going to English grad school, I found my vocation to be in healing the sick, and in furthering scientific knowledge in order to allow doctors to better treat their patients. I’m currently in my seventh year in the MD/PhD program, and I’m loving it! In addition to my clinical and scientific work, I love to teach, grow flowers & vegetables, listen to the radio & audiobooks, and ride horses.

Danielle Miyagishima (MD-PhD)

Danielle is a third year MD-PhD student in her first year transitioning into the lab. She is originally from New Mexico and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Biology from New Mexico State University. Her PhD will be in genetics studying genetics of brain tumors and aneurysms. Her other academic interests include teaching/tutoring, anatomy, bioethics, and neuroscience. She hopes to pursue a career in neurosurgery and is Co-President of a medical student organization (Yale Cushing Society) that hosts events with YMPO for Yale College students interested in the field (so if you are interested, or curious, talk to me!). Outside of school, Danielle enjoys anything outdoors (hiking/backpacking/camping, running, cycling, swimming, soccer, rock climbing), and cooking New Mexican food. She has three very cute (unbiased, of course) dogs that live with her in West Haven. Talk to her about: anything, philosophy, surgical (or any medical/biomedical research) career interests, life in general, or life as a dog mom. 

Taylor Ottesen (Medicine)

Taylor Ottesen was born in raised in Orem, Utah. After a two-year gap serving a mission for his church, Taylor completed a bachelors degree in Neuroscience and Anthropology at Brigham Young University. During college, he spent several years abroad working in various medical and educational settings including the founding of his non-profit organization in Visakhapatnam, India.  After college, Taylor took a gap year to expand and scale the NGO and apply to medical school.  Now as a student at Yale School of Medicine, his international interests continue to be a core interest particularly in the expansion of global access to safe and affordable surgical care. He is also interested in big data, policy, and biomedical innovation. He is continuing to expand his knowledge in epidemiology, statistics, and databases in hopes of utilizing these skills in a future surgical career.  He is passionate about orthopedics and research and wants to complete an orthopedics residency after his time here at Yale. Outside of school, Taylor enjoys traveling (he has been to 56 countries), trying new food, running, photography, rock climbing, and learning about faith.

Max Rolison (Medicine)

Max Rolison (BK ’15) is a first-year medical student. Before beginning medical school, Max worked at the Yale Child Study Center for two years, researching autism using electroencephalography and eye tracking. As an undergraduate, Max majored in Psychology (Neuroscience Track) and was involved with research. He also served on the student executive committee of Dwight Hall and led Students for Autism Awareness at Yale, through which he created a social support program in New Haven high schools for students with developmental disabilities. In his free time, Max enjoys running, taking spin classes, and reading biographies.

Jonathan Silverthorne (FES & Management)

Jonathan is a first-year, joint degree student at the School of Management and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he focuses on renewable energy and environmental policy. His first job out of college was as a staffer on the Obama in campaign in 2008 and he’s been hooked on politics and policy since. After the campaign, he worked as a foreign policy advisor in the Obama Administration and later left government to lead the transformation of a program on global leadership at the Atlantic Council, a DC think tank. He grew up in DC and New Hampshire and majored in history as an undergrad at Dartmouth, where he also studied French, Russian, and Arabic. He enjoys tennis, hiking, traveling, and woodworking. Ask him about careers and internships in government or nonprofits, applying to business school without being an econ major, outdoor escapes around New Haven, or how to cook the world’s best late night comfort food.

Becca Steinberg (Law)

Becca Steinberg (BK ‘15) is a first year law student. She’s originally from St. Louis, MO, and studied history in undergrad. While in Yale College, she spent a lot of time in the New Haven community through Dwight Hall, the New Haven Urban Debate League, and a variety of other fora. Prior to law school, she spent 2 years teaching middle school English in the Mississippi Delta through Teach for America. She loves baking, tea, social justice, and the midwest. Please reach out to her to talk about any of these things, as well as law school or education-related endeavors.

Robin Tipps (Law)

Robin Tipps is a joint JD/MD student at Yale Law School and Duke University School of Medicine. He is entering both his second year as a law student at YLS and as a Graduate Affiliate at Berkeley. Prior to attending Yale, Robin worked at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in Baltimore and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Robin also earned an LL.M. in Public Law from the National University of Ireland-Galway as a George Mitchell Scholar. In his free time, Robin loves to jog around New Haven, watch football and basketball (go Dallas Cowboys/OKC Thunder!), and get lost in the dinosaur exhibits of natural history museums. If you want to talk about law, medicine, dual degrees, applying for graduate scholarships, sports, all things Ireland, or transitioning to Yale after growing up in a rural community, please feel free to get in touch!

Tara Torabi (Medicine)

Tara is a second year medical student. After graduating from Brown in 2015 with a degree in Neuroscience, she received a Mitchell Scholarship to study Neuropharmacology at NUIG in Galway, Ireland. There, she spent her time traveling (too much) while also completing a master’s thesis focused on the neuroprotective potential of a cannabinoid receptor in Parkinson’s disease. As a medical student, she is a student leader of Physicians for Human Rights and the Student Interest Group in Neurology; she currently conducts research on campus in a lab focused on therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.