About Us

What else do we do? A lot!

For the community: From in-school visits and demos, to creating digital content to follow up Science Cafe visits, to setting up mentorships. We are the gateway for our young students’ pathways to science.
For graduate, professional, and undergraduate students: Open Labs’s vision is to make distinctive, lasting, and substantial growth in the life of young scholars and the community. To do so, we’re on a mission to attract, excite, and develop passionate and exceptional people on our team. Our values-driven team is a resource for you and our resources and abilities are the gateway to realizing YOUR ideas on how to make distinctive, lasting, and substantial growth in the life of young scholar and the community. More information on volunteering can be found on the “Support Us” tab.
For graduate & professional students: We are your gateway to outreach and a vehicle for implementing your ideas.
Proven track record (Est. 2012)
Impact: depth & breath
Scalable model
Volunteer run
Fun & innovative
Partnership based

Our Leadership

Program director: Lam Vo
Demos/Science Haven co-chairs: Xiran Bai, Mengwen Shi, Aiyanna Doss
Science Cafe co-chairs: Lester Rodriguez, Joy Pajarla
Flipped Science Fair co-chairs: Merrill Asp, Violet Kimble, Annabel Sen, Rohit Ghosh
Finance chair: Kassandra Castaldi
Public Relation chair: Neha Arun


Together With

Community Partnerships
Claudia Merson, Director of Public School Partnerships
Office of New Haven & State Affairs
Rick Crouse and Maria Parente, Pathways to Science Program Managers
Close Partner Organizations
• ARTE Inc
• Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
• Yale BBS Diversity and Inclusion Collective (YBDIC)
• Boys and Girls Club of New Haven 
• CitySeed New Haven
Graduate and Professional Student Senate, Yale University
Pathways to Science, Office of New Haven and State Affairs, Yale University



Educating and mentoring underprivileged & underrepresented students interested in pursuing scientific careers
Bridging the disparity gap - Bringing graduate & professional students together - Building the local community