Meet the Team

CuSTEMized is run by of a small group of loosely collaborating volunteers (and volunteers only)! We are also graduate students, medical students, working professionals, and more, so you can learn a bit more about us on this page. If you are interested in joining the CuSTEMized team, please see our Volunteer Opportunities.

Jean Fan

Founder, Director, Developer

I'm currently working towards my PhD at Harvard in bioinformatics. I formerly served as co-chair of the Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering student group and as a mentor-scientist for Science Club for Girls in Boston. I currently teach Computer Science Without Intimidation for 5th graders at The Innovation Institute.

Sayda Zelaya

Outreach Coordinator

I am an advocate for social justice and equality with a passion to get more young women and girls educated in the STEM fields. I am a recent transplant from Washington D.C. where I worked in various social justice-oriented organizations. In my spare time I like to cook and cuddle with my dog Duke.

Kamil Slowikowski


I'm a graduate student studying bioinformatics and integrative genomics at Harvard. I spend most of my time developing free software for genomics research, with a current focus on autoimmune diseases. I also greatly enjoy teaching programming because I think it's a very empowering skill.

Jess Rice

Marketing Director

I am in my senior year of my Undergraduate degree this year. I am double majoring in Graphic Design & Illustration, and I also run my own photography business on the side. I love traveling, hiking, camping, and cooking. One of my hobbies is cooking dishes from around the world with my friends and family; so far my favorite recipe is Moroccan Beef Tangine!

Kimberlyn Bailey

Social Media Assistant, Graphics Assistant

I am a post-baccalaureate research assistant in a computational neuroscience lab at the National Institutes of Health. Having first pursued a career in fashion magazines and encountered a number of roadblocks switching over to science, I am motivated to do what I can to make such pathways easier for girls.

Aeja Pinto

Social Media Assistant, Assistant Editor

I'm currently a high school student who is dual enrolled at my local college. I was just recently accepted into the honors program, and invited to join a very prestigious honors society. I'm studying to become a biomedical researcher, as well as possibly going into the field of oncology as a premed student. With all of the studying involved to become a doctor, I do in fact have a secret weapon; iced coffee.

Ruoran Li

Data Analyst

I'm a graduate student working towards a doctoral degree in Epidemiology in Harvard, and am interested in the interplay between social factors and health conditions. I enjoy painting and listening to podcasts in my spare time.

Additional Contributors and Alumni

Oana Livia Apostu
Developer, Editor

Elizabeth Fang

Mihai Sirbu

Sindhoora Murty

Katie Schmidt
Social Media Manager

Claire Hassen-Khodja
French Translator

Stella Bähr
German Translator

In addition, we thank Rebeca Borges Monroy, the Slowikowski family, and others for helping with the translations, Ka Moua and Gao Hilda Lee for their help with social media, and Jack Kosmicki for his help in beta testing. We also thank former volunteers Irene Chern, Mindy Wang, and Curry Chern for their contributions.