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Office of the Dean

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Lynn Cooley

Dean of the Graduate School
Warner House 207
Phone: 203-432-2733
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Lynn Cooley

Dean of the Graduate School
Warner House 207
Phone: 203-432-2733

Lynn Cooley is the C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics, professor of cell biology and of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. She has served as the director of the Combined Program in the Biological & Biomedical Sciences since 2001.

She received her B.A. from Connecticut College in 1976, and her earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1984 for research carried out with Sterling Professor Dieter Söll in Yale’s Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Science where she established new methods using transposable elements for genetic and molecular analysis of genes in the fruit fly Drosophila model system.

Her research focuses on the development of female gametes, or eggs, in Drosophila, especially on two key aspects of egg development during oogenesis: the role of intercellular bridges called ring canals in developing egg chambers, and the regulation of oocyte growth. Cellular mechanisms used to control oocyte development in Drosophila are directly relevant to female fertility in other animals, including humans.

Cooley is currently serving on the board of directors of the Genetics Society of America and as a council delegate for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has been recognized with a Pew Scholar Award from the Pew Charitable Trusts, is a member of the Connecticut Academy for Science and Engineering, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has published numerous scientific articles in the journals of several different scientific fields.

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Susanne A. Olsen

Senior Executive Assistant to the Dean
Warner House 208
Phone: 203-432-2733

Academic Deans

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Pamela Schirmeister, Ph.D.

Sr. Associate Dean and Dean of Strategic Initiatives, The Graduate School
Warner House 201
Phone: +1 (203) 432-9098
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Pamela Schirmeister, Ph.D.

Sr. Associate Dean and Dean of Strategic Initiatives, The Graduate School
Warner House 201
Phone: +1 (203) 432-9098

Pamela Schirmeister joined the Graduate School in 1999, and serves as Sr. Associate Dean and Dean of Strategic Initiatives for The Graduate School, and the FAS Dean’s office and as Dean of Undergraduate Education at Yale College. She works on academic and administrative initiatives at the intersection of the College, the Graduate School and the FAS and on undergraduate curricular issues.

Dean Schirmeister’s academic training is in nineteenth-century American literature. Her research interests also include the relation between philosophy and literature, psychoanalytic theory, and biography, and she has published several books and many articles in these areas. She received from Yale both her B.A.(BK) and Ph.D. in English and has  taught courses in Yale College in English, Comparative Literature and the Humanities. Before returning to Yale, Schirmeister worked as a reporter for Time magazine and taught at Middlebury, NYU and at University of Konstanz, where she is also a member of the International Advisory Board.

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Allegra di Bonaventura

Associate Dean
Warner House 205
Phone: 203-436-2628
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Allegra di Bonaventura

Associate Dean
Warner House 205
Phone: 203-436-2628

Allegra di Bonaventura joined the Graduate School as an assistant dean in November 2011. She oversees the academic affairs team which works directly with graduate programs across the divisions, providing support and review at the programmatic level and overseeing the admissions process in degree-granting programs. Dean di Bonaventura and her team advise graduate programs regarding structural and curricular issues, the development and implementation of academic policies, and new academic initiatives. Dean di Bonaventura works closely with the Office for Graduate School Development and Diversity and the Office of Career Strategy.

Dean di Bonaventura received a Ph.D. in History from Yale and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She also holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in German from Middlebury College. Prior to joining the Graduate School, she worked in investment counsel, practiced law, and taught at Rutgers School of Law. Dean di Bonaventura writes about colonial America.  Her first book, For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England (Norton/Liveright 2013), won the New England Historical Association’s 2013 James P. Hanlan Book Prize.  She is currently working on a second book for Norton/Liveright.

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Richard Sleight

Associate Dean
Warner House 313
Phone: 203-432-2744
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Richard Sleight

Associate Dean
Warner House 313
Phone: 203-432-2744

Richard Sleight joined the Graduate School as an associate dean in September 1996, having served for ten years as a tenured faculty member at the medical school of the University of Cincinnati. His portfolio includes responsibility for the progress of individual students across all divisions and student advising. He has research expertise in lipid biochemistry and the intracellular transport of lipid molecules.

Dean Sleight has served as President of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools and as a board member for the Council of Graduate Schools. He received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Southern California and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Purdue University.

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Jasmina Besirevic Regan

Assistant Dean
Warner House 312
Phone: (203) 432-5127
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Jasmina Besirevic Regan

Assistant Dean
Warner House 312
Phone: (203) 432-5127

Jasmina Besirevic Regan joined the Graduate School in 2016, and serves as Assistant Dean. She works closely with the academic affairs team and with graduate programs across the divisions to provide review and support at the programmatic level. She advises graduate programs on curricular and structural issues, the development and implementation of school and program policies, and the admissions process for degree-granting programs.

Dean Besirevic’s academic training is in the sociology of genocide. Her teaching and research interests also include ethnic conflict, identity, nationalism, human rights, and refugee resettlement. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale having also earned the Master’s degrees there. She has taught courses in Yale College in Sociology, Global Affairs, and Ethnicity, Race and Migration. She has presented papers on the sociology of genocide at a number of professional meetings, and has been invited to speak at international conferences both at Yale and abroad. Before joining the Graduate School academic affairs team, she served as the Dean of Trumbull College, one of twelve residential colleges at Yale, for twelve years.

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Robert Harper-Mangels

Assistant Dean
Warner House 311
Phone: 203-432-2744
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Robert Harper-Mangels

Assistant Dean
Warner House 311
Phone: 203-432-2744

Robert Harper-Mangels has served as assistant dean of the Graduate School since 2006. His responsibilities include the academic affairs of the graduate programs in the Sciences and Engineering, as well as Anthropology, Linguistics, Psychology, and Statistics. He is the campus advisor for graduate and professional students applying to the Fulbright student award, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award, and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, as well as liaison to the Graduate Student Assembly.

Dean Harper-Mangels earned his B.A. in Music and Psychology at Wesleyan University and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Behavior at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Before coming to Yale, he served as Assistant Director of the Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience.

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Carl Hashimoto

Assistant Dean
Warner House 301
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Carl Hashimoto

Assistant Dean
Warner House 301

Carl Hashimoto joined the Graduate School as assistant dean in 2011. His responsibilities include administration of the Gruber Science Fellowship Program, co-directorship of the NIH-funded Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, and other special projects to enhance graduate education and training.  He also serves as the Title IX Coordinator for the Graduate School.

Dean Hashimoto is also Professor of Cell Biology at the Medical School and an assistant dean at Yale College overseeing science education and undergraduate research. He received his A.B. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale.

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Theresa Dio

Senior Administrative Assistant
Warner House 302
Phone: 203-432-2744

Graduate Admissions

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Robert Colonna

Director
Warner House 307
Phone: 203-432-2749
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Robert Colonna

Director
Warner House 307
Phone: 203-432-2749

Robert Colonna joined the Graduate School as director of admissions in 2002. During that time, he has overseen the transition from a paper-based process to an environment that is now almost entirely electronic.

Upon completion of his B.S. in Bacteriology from Oregon State University, Mr. Colonna served for eleven years in the United States Marine Corps as a logistics officer posted to various duty stations in the United States and overseas. He then joined the Association of American Medical Colleges as Director of Operations for the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). He received his MBA from Marymount University in 1990.

Office for Graduate Student Development & Diversity

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Michelle Nearon

Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity, Director OGSDD
Warner House 206
Phone: 203-436-1301
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Michelle Nearon

Associate Dean for Graduate Student Development and Diversity, Director OGSDD
Warner House 206
Phone: 203-436-1301

Michelle Nearon joined the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in July 2008, where she works closely with students, members of the faculty and administration, and the McDougal Center Offices, to proactively recruit, retain, and assist in the professional development of graduate students from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, political, cultural, and lifestyle backgrounds.

Dean Nearon received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brooklyn Polytechnic University, respectively. After completing her master’s degree she devoted approximately ten years to both the aerospace and automotive industries, beginning as a research engineer and ultimately becoming a general manager. She then completed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University in May 2000. Nearon subsequently served on the faculty at Stony Brook University as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as director of recruitment and diversification in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences until coming to Yale.

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Nicole Wade

Sr. Administrative Assistant
Warner House 101
Phone: 203-432-4440
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Nicole Wade

Sr. Administrative Assistant
Warner House 101
Phone: 203-432-4440

Nicole started her career at Yale as the Senior Administrative Assistant at the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute in 2008. She has a B.S in Computer Information Systems from Albertus Magnus College and is currently working on her Master’s degree.

Financial Aid Office

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Jennifer Brinley

Director
Warner House 106
Phone: 203-432-7980
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Jennifer Brinley

Director
Warner House 106
Phone: 203-432-7980

Jennifer Brinley joined the Graduate School Financial Aid Office in 1996. In her role as Director, Ms. Brinley plans and coordinates a wide range of financial aid services for Graduate School students and serves as a resource for affiliated departments and programs across the University.

Upon obtaining her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island, Ms. Brinley worked for several years as an Assistant Vice President and commercial credit analyst at Bank of America. Ms. Brinley joined Yale in 1994 as a budget analyst in the Finance Department.

Teaching Fellow Program

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Graduate Writing Center

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Elena Kallestinova, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Director
Phone: 203-432-7725
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Elena Kallestinova, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Director
Phone: 203-432-7725

Elena Kallestinova joined the Graduate School in 2008 to design and implement graduate writing programs and coordinate the work of the graduate writing advisors and fellows. She provides individual and group consultations to graduate students at all stages of their student career and works with faculty members to design group programs for students in their departments.

Dr. Kallestinova received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and M.A. in TESOL from the University of Iowa and her B.A. and M.A. in Theoretical and Computational Linguistics from Moscow State Linguistic University, Russia. She has been teaching academic writing, linguistic and ESL classes since the mid-1990s.

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Yvette Barnard

McDougal Center Administrative Associate and Program Coordinator
Phone: 203-432-8850

Graduate Student Life Office

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Lisa Brandes

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
HGS 126
Phone: 203-432-8895
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Lisa Brandes

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
HGS 126
Phone: 203-432-8895

Lisa Brandes joined the staff of the Graduate School in 1996 upon the founding of the McDougal Graduate Student Center. She has worked with graduate student fellows and staff to develop a wide range of social and cultural events and foster a greater sense of community among students and postdoctoral fellows. She oversees orientation and various events sponsored by the Graduate School, including coordination of Commencement activities.

Raised in Louisiana, Dean Brandes received her B.A. in political science from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She earned her M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale, with a specialization in international relations. Lisa held faculty positions at Tufts and Wesleyan Universities, and her research focused on the domestic sources of foreign policy, particularly the impact of gender on public attitudes toward war and peace issues. Brandes has served as an officer within regional and national political science associations and women’s groups. More recently, she has been a leader in graduate student services associations and active in graduate education issues, writing articles and making conference presentations on graduate student life and mental health.

McDougal Center Office

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Student Services and Reception

Business Operations

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