About the Team

We are students and postdocs just like you! As part of the Duke Emerging Leaders Institute, we chose to develop this tool to help you determine how to best improve your time management skills. We compiled a list of resources for you to help manage your time and propel you forward. Our qualifications are simply an understanding of the busy lives of our fellow graduate students and postdocs and a desire to fill the gap in the time management resources readily available to Duke students and postdocs.

Grace Beggs

Grace is a PhD candidate in Biochemistry. Her current research focuses on the structure and function of proteins that contribute to antibiotic resistance in pathogenic bacteria. Grace is also interested in increasing diversity in STEM and has organized and participated in outreach events and programming through Duke SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) and Duke BioCoRE. Outside of science, Grace enjoys salsa dancing, reading, and hiking. Grace’s greatest pet peeve is having her time wasted.

Oriol Colomés

Oriol Colomés, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Duke. His main research focuses on the computational engineering field, developing tools to accurately and efficiently simulate physical phenomena of interest in many engineering problems. He aspires to solve engineering problems that are not within reach with the currently available computational methods. When not in the office, you can find him enjoying the outdoors: playing volleyball, running, taking pictures or hanging out with people. Oriol respects his time; like Gandalf, he is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.

David Kearney

David Kearney is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Duke University. His present research explores international relations. He was a translator and doctoral fellow at Zhejiang University and spent a summer at National Taiwan University on a Foreign Language and Areas Studies Grant. He developed his doctoral fieldwork on a James B. Duke International Research Travel Fellowship and is a member of the Society of Duke Fellows. In his free time, David is a photography enthusiast and is presently enjoying the versatility of the Lumix DMC-G7K. David finds innovative ways to schedule his free time and work photography into his day-to-day activities (group photo).

Yanzhen (Jasmine) Li

Yanzhen (Jasmine) Li is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering. Her research aims to elucidate how the miscommunication between cells in the heart affect cardiac function and thus lead to the progression of heart failure. Awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship by the American Heart Association, Yanzhen is combining a mouse model of heart failure and 3D tissue engineering techniques along with molecular and histological tools to discover novel mechanisms underlying heart failure in the hope of developing more effective therapeutic strategies for treating heart disease. As someone who is currently writing her dissertation, Yanzhen considers time one of her most precious assets.