2023-2024 Graduate Affiliates

Meghan Gupta

Lead Grad Affiliate

Meghan Gupta is a second-year student at Yale Law School and was also a proud former Morsel during her time at Yale College (Class of 2021). After graduating from Yale, she spent a year at Oxford pursuing a master’s degree in US History as an Ertegun Scholar. Meghan is a citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and particularly interested in the intersections of Indigenous history, law, and journalism. Outside of class, Meghan loves to try new restaurants, watch tv, and spend time with family and friends. She is super excited to be the Lead Morse Grad Affiliate and Mellon Coordinator!

Nathan Brown

I’m a proud former Morsel (c/o 2019) and now second-year law student. Since college I’ve had a creative writing fellowship in poetry and worked as a research assistant focusing on pharmaceutical antitrust. As a means of falling behind in law school readings I most enjoy playing recreational sports (plug for Morse IMs), reading fiction or poetry, and watching the Cowboys. I’m excited to rejoin the Morse community and get to know you all. 

Marco Hernandez

My name is Jose “Marco” Hernandez, a second-year, first-generation graduate student at the Yale School of Public Health. I am in the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases (EMD) program and have a passion for environmental epidemiology and environmental microbiology. I attended the University of Kentucky for my undergraduate studies where I received my Bachelor of Public Health. While in Kentucky I was a resident advisor and a teaching assistant for a biology lab. 

Apart from school and academics, I am passionate about futbol (soccer) both playing and coaching. I have coached for 6 years at different levels ranging from middle school to varsity high school. In addition to coaching, I am a “FirstGenSupport” mentor and advocate. Mentoring and coaching have been life-changing experiences that lead me to where I am today. 

For funsies and to de-stress from life’s craziness I enjoy working out, playing soccer with my intramural team (Go Booster FC), and taking walks around campus and East Rock Park. 

Ami Ishikawa

Hi! I’m a 1L at Yale Law School. I graduated from Harvard College in 2021, where I studied Economics and Psychology. After college, I spent a year at Morgan Stanley in New York City, where I worked in the fixed income division securitized products group, specializing in structuring collateralized loan obligations. Outside of class, I like to read fiction and autobiographies written by comedians, play squash, go on runs, and take walks around campus. My latest hobby is trying out ~seasonal~ options at restaurants and coffee shops in New Haven. I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

Hale Jaeger

Hale is a second-year medical student who can’t wait to be back kicking axe in Morse College after graduating from Yale over the course of five (5) years (MC ‘20+1)! He grew up in Cranford, New Jersey and has never lived anywhere but the tri-state area. In undergrad, he completed a BS in neuroscience and sang a cappella, but believe it or not, he has more free time now than he ever did in college to play pickleball, read for leisure, and learn how to cook. Feel free to reach out about anything related to medicine, taking a gap year, trying New Haven restaurants, or anything else!

Koichi Kanaoka

Koichi is in his third year of the Environment PhD program. His work focuses on increasing the adoption of sustainable business practices through research and consulting. Koichi grew up in Winter Park, Florida, and spent his summer breaks attending more school in his parents’ hometowns in Osaka and Oki Islands (a UNESCO Geopark), Japan. He went to college at Soka University in Orange County, California, where he was a research assistant in environmental microbiology, the captain of the kendo team (i.e., Japanese fencing), and a conductor and violist of the student orchestra. He did his master’s at Duke University in energy and sustainability. In his free time, Koichi enjoys working with undergraduates and peers on improving their job and graduate school applications. He also has a great time playing taiko (i.e., Japanese drums), tennis, surfing, and snowboarding.

Tho Tran

Tho Tran is a second year medical student from Seattle, WA (West Coast = best coast!). She graduated from Yale College (SY) in 2017 with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (Intensive). While at Yale, she conducted basic sciences research using CRISPR-Cas9 technology to study embryonic development in a zebrafish model. She was also involved in YHHAP (Demos and VITA), worked at the Yale Peabody Museum, practiced archery, and was a STARS peer mentor. After graduating, she worked for two years in a stroke immunology lab investigating the role of immune cells in mediating post-hemorrhage outcomes. In medical school she is involved with HAVEN Free Clinic and co-leads the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA). Tho speaks five languages and would love to talk to you in any of them about pre-med, gap years, immunobiology, service opportunities on campus, life in New Haven, or bubble tea.

William Vester

William is a second-year law student from Westport, Connecticut and a proud Morse 2019 alumnus. At Yale College, he majored in history with a focus on American political history. He was active in Morse intramurals along with serving as an editor for The Politic. After graduation, he spent two years doing human rights work in Mexico City before returning to Yale for law school. His interests include human rights, political economy, and criminal justice. Outside of law school, he enjoys mountain biking, playing guitar, and watching the New England Patriots. He is happy to talk about grad school, college, or anything else on your mind.  

Christina Waldron

Hi! My name is Christina, and I am currently a second-year medical student from St. Paul, MN. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2021 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.M. in Piano Performance. 
While at UT-Austin, I conducted biomaterials-based tissue engineering research, enjoyed teaching students everything from engineering statistics to piano, was heavily involved in the UT chapter of TBP, and completed my first triathlon. After graduating, I took one gap year where I moved to Pittsburgh, conducted research on genetic cardiomyopathies at the Vascular Medicine Institute, and ran my first marathon! 
In my spare time, I enjoy running with friends, baking, reading, hiking, and any other outdoor activity. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any and all questions! I would love to talk to you about pre-med/medical school, research, being vegan in New Haven, or anything that’s on your mind. 

Sarah Wilkins

Hi! I’m Sarah, and I am a member of the Yale School of Medicine ’25. I’m originally from San Francisco but moved east for college and am a proud former Morsel (’18). In college, I majored in MCDB and was a FOOT leader and a member of the Model UN team. After graduation, I spent three years working in basic science research labs in both Germany and Boston. Outside of medicine, I love running, cooking new vegetarian recipes, hiking (I backpacked halfway around Lake Tahoe right before med school!), watching Formula 1, and just generally being outdoors! Feel free to reach out about medical school, taking (multiple) gap years, hiking in New England, or anything else. Morse Always Wins!