Editorial Team

Grace Chen

Grace is a senior at Yale University studying Biology and History of Science & Medicine. She is passionate about using research and writing to improve and advocate for health access and equity. In college, she has interned at Gilead Sciences and New America, studied parasitic hookworm infection at the Yale School of Medicine, chaired the case writing team for the Yale Institute for Global Health Case Competition, reported on Rwanda’s health infrastructure rebuilding for the Yale Globalist, and been involved in several other student publications as both an editor and contributor.

Iro Filippaki

Iro is a literary theorist and critic researching aspects of trauma, narrative, and history. She is interested in and writes on the intersection of science and the humanities. Her current book project is titled The Poetics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Postmodern Literature (Palgrave, 2020).


Alise Leiboff

Alise Leiboff is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Medicine, Science, and the Humanities and minoring in French and Art at Johns Hopkins University. As a pre-health and humanities student, assistant clinical researcher, assistant medical archivist, and editor for Tendon, she seeks to tread the common ground between the health sciences, literature, and the visual arts.

Kathleen Li

Katie Li is a junior at Johns Hopkins University studying Public Health and Biology. She has a long-standing interest in health communications and incorporating art with medicine, ranging from health editorials to hospice care. She is particularly fascinated by communications of genetics and preventative care. Katie is currently conducting research on genetic counseling and e-cigarette use, and is an editor with Epidemic Proportions.

Sarah Roth

Sarah Roth is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Spanning the United States and Mexico, her ethnographic research follows the experiences of individuals, families, and providers affected by the intersection of cancer care and genetic medicine. She is interested in the ways in which risk, disease, and involvement in clinical trials reverberate into everyday life; how changing technologies affect conversations around politics and ethics; and how to read, write, and teach literary work emerging from experiences of illness and care.

Before arriving to Baltimore, she coordinated programs at a health advocacy nonprofit in Washington, D.C. Also a writer, Sarah is a Pushcart Prize nominee and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Notre Dame. She is a founding editor of Tendon and a contributing writer at Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal.

Contact: sarahroth@jhu.edu

Zachary Stanik

Zach Stanik is a senior at Yale University studying computer science with a focus on the graphic design curriculum at the Yale Art School. Through his academic and professional work, he has gained significant experience in both digital and print design, particularly book and poster design. Zach fell in love with graphic design because he believes in the power of good design to connect messages with action. He aspires to design for nonprofits and educational institutions to help make an impact and inspire change. When he’s not designing or illustrating you can find him going for a run, rollerblading, or enjoying a book at a secluded cafe. He loves exploring his current home of NYC, finding creative inspiration everywhere from quiet art galleries to bustling parks.