Yasmmyn D. Salinas is a Ph.D. candidate in Epidemiology and Public Health. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and earned her Master of Public Health in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) in 2014. Her doctoral dissertation research is focused on the topic of statistical pleiotropy and aims to identify overlaps in the genetic determinants of asthma and obesity.
Yasmmyn discovered her passion for teaching during her undergraduate career, while working as a chemistry tutor for the Yale Science, Technology, and Research Scholars (STARS) Program, which supports historically underrepresented college students. Since then, she has continued to tutor and mentor STEM students at the high school, college, and graduate levels, and has also worked as an SAT and ACT Math and Science instructor. As a doctoral student, she has served as a Teaching Fellow for graduate-level epidemiology and biostatistics courses at YSPH, and has remained engaged in STEM outreach efforts. Most recently, she developed the curriculum for and taught a week-long series of workshops in genetic epidemiology for high school students in Bogota, Colombia through a non-profit organization called Clubes de Ciencia.
Yasmmyn was recognized as the “Teaching Fellow of the Year” by YSPH in 2016, and is now a recurring guest lecturer for two YSPH courses: Introduction to Statistical Thinking I and Genetic Concepts in Public Health.
As a CTL fellow, Yasmmyn hopes to refine her teaching practices while contributing to the mission of serving other teachers and learners at Yale.