From the lab to the archive, from academia to public service, GSAS students and alumni are making discoveries and contributing new knowledge.

Catherine Hartmann

Hartmann studies pilgrimage guides from the 13th to 17th century.

Molly Akin
PhD Candidate, Committee on the Study of Religion
Catherine Hartmann was first exposed to Buddhism in a church Bible study group. “We were reading a book about other world religions and why they were wrong,” Hartmann says. According to the PhD candidate in the study of religion, the...Read more
Clint Smith
PhD Candidate, Education
In August 2014, during Clint Smith’s first week in graduate school, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, a suburb north of St. Louis, Missouri. As protests spread across the US, people wanted to understand what...Read more
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Agata Endo Nowicka
Provost, Barnard College
Applied labor economist Linda Bell, PhD '86, discovered that the gender gap in pay seen among top executives disappeared in companies run by women. As provost of Baranard College, she continues to delve into the reasons behind this finding while...Read more
Christie Chiu

Christie Chiu

Andrea Tokranov standing outdoors
PhD Candidate
Research has taken Andrea Tokranov on a journey to the surface of the moon, the depths of an ancient Indonesian lake, and the coastal communities of Cape Cod.Read more
Senan Ebrahim
MD/PhD Student in Neuroscience
Remembering his time as a Harvard undergraduate, Senan Ebrahim jokingly describes himself as an undifferentiated stem cell. “I was considering a number of different careers and academic fields,” the MD/PhD student in neuroscience...Read more
Rebecca Perry

Rebecca Perry, PhD '15

Software Engineer, Wayfair
The dilemma: you haul your beautiful new coffee table up three flights of stairs into the living room of your apartment, only to realize it just doesn’t fit in with the rest of your furniture. Alumna Rebecca Perry, software engineer at Wayfair ,...Read more
Xiawei Wang
Journey away from the city and electric lights and, with the help of a small telescope, you can see the astronomical objects that populate the universe: galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. And between these objects is the seemingly empty...Read more
Christalyn Rhodes
Normal airway epithelial cells do not move much when cultured in a lab plate. In fact, they become jammed, forming a solid-looking layer of cells. Surprisingly, the same cells from asthma patients behave differently. They are unjammed, moving around...Read more
Frederick Reece
When we hear the words “musical forgery,” we might erroneously picture instances of plagiarism, such as the recent court cases involving Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines (verdict: plagiarism) and Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven (...Read more