Sydney Gray

Sydney Gray is a rising junior at Yale University where she is a Global Health Scholar majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Sydney's academic interests fall at the intersection of science, writing, and health policy, as she is particularly interested in ways to improve healthcare delivery systems in the United States. On campus, she is a beat reporter for the Yale Daily News where she takes the lead on stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health guidance. She is the Director of the Behavioral Health Department at the HAVEN Free Clinic where she helps uninsured adults in the New Haven area gain access to healthcare services. She is also a member of Yale's Public Health Coalition, and a member of Yale's Magevet a cappella group. Sydney currently works as an undergraduate researcher in Professor John Carlson's laboratory at Yale, where she studies chemoperception in mosquitoes and molecular methods for alleviating the global burden of vector-borne disease. She received the Claes Nobel Women of Tomorrow Leadership National Award (2019) and Yale's Leadership in Global Health Fellowship (2021). Over the coming summer (2021), Sydney will be working with the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force to help bridge disparities in access to health care for minority communities. She will also work for the World Bank as a COVID-19 Vaccine and Primary Healthcare Fellow where she will synthesize epidemiological data to provide guidance on the most effective strategies for distributing COVID-19 vaccines to low- and middle-income countries. Following graduation, Sydney hopes to pursue an MD-MPH and a career that combines her love of public policy and medicine.