Yale trailblazers make the Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list

Jennifer Tsai, James Yoon, and Emmanuella Asabor
Jennifer Tsai, James Yoon, and Emmanuella Asabor

Yale physician Jennifer Tsai and two medical students, Emmanuella Asabor and James Yoon — all of whose work is focused on improving access to healthcare — are among the innovative trailblazers and leaders named to Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list.

A dozen Yale alumni also are among the 600 individuals on the list of enterprising individuals under the age of 30 whose work is making an impact in a diverse range of fields.

Each year, Forbes selects up to 30 young “changemakers” making contributions in one of 20 categories: entertainment; social media; media; education; finance; sports; venture capital; energy, art and style; enterprise technology; music; healthcare; manufacturing and industry; science; games; retail and commerce; food and drink; social impact; consumer technology; and marketing and advertising. This is the 10th year that Forbes has created the list. The honorees were chosen from thousands of nominees who are considered by judges in a three-tier process that includes answering an in-depth questionnaire.

All of the honorees in the Forbes Under 30 Class of 2022 have defied the odds: navigating a global pandemic, supply chain crunches, and isolation to build ventures that are resilient and destined to change the world,” Forbes said in announcing this year’s list.

All three of the individuals currently at Yale who were chosen for the honor were selected in the healthcare category.

Jennifer Tsai, a resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, is a physician activist and educator who is dedicated to advancing health equity and anti-racism in medicine. Her research, noted Forbes, “has uncovered harms of race-based tools like kidney function tests, racial differences in opioid addiction treatment, and other ways medical techniques perpetuate healthcare disparities.” She was recently invited by the White House Office of Public Engagement to participate in its Health Equity Leaders RoundTable Series, an advisory group that meets monthly to discuss and counsel the executive branch on topics and policies regarding health inequities at large. Earlier this year, she was named one of 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum. Tsai is a graduate of Brown and Harvard universities.

Emmanuella Asabor, an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Yale School of Medicine, conducts research investigating the impact of structural racism on health. Her research has demonstrated racial disparities in access to COVID-19 testing in the most populous U.S. cities. She has also examined the rate of fatal police shootings of unarmed Black victims and the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities, among other topics. At Yale, she piloted a program to enable asylum seekers to access free primary care regardless of their documentation status. She previously studied at Harvard University and the University of Cambridge.

James Yoon, an M.D. student at Yale School of Medicine, conducts research on “value-based healthcare and improving patient experiences,” Forbes noted. During the pandemic, he helped create the Veterans Health Administration Index for COVID-19 Mortality Risk, a tool which helps patients estimate their risk of dying from the virus based on their pre-COVID health status. The index has also been used by health systems in order to prioritize patient care. He earned his undergraduate degree at Brown University.

Forbes also honored alumni Matt Breuer ’14, the chief marketing officer of the Brooklyn-based bedding company Buffy (in the category of Marketing and Advertising); Jillian Williams ’15, principal of the early-stage fund Cowboy Ventures, where she focuses on fintech (Venture Capital); Mason Liang ’15, portfolio manager for the hedge fund Millennium Management (Finance); Anada Lakra ’14, cofounder of the language app BoldVoice (Education); Jacob Sandry ’15, cofounder of the software platform Euclid Power for energy developers (Energy); Paul Gross ’20, cofounder of the New York-based startup Remora which builds a device to capture carbon emissions from semi-trucks (Energy); Tyler Foggatt ’17, a senior editor at The New Yorker (Media); Dylan Gastel ’18, founder of the Boston-based portable ice rink company EZ ICE Rinks (Manufacturing and Industry); Adam Beckman ’16, special adviser to U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy (Healthcare); James Diao ’18, a medical student at Harvard Medical School who helped shift national recommendations on the use of race in kidney function tests (Healthcare); Derek Lo ’17, founder of the San Francisco-based Medallion, which monitors regulatory and legal issues for healthcare providers (Healthcare); Lucia Huang ’14, co-founder of the software company Osmind, which aims to bring precision medicine to mental healthcare (Healthcare); Alexia Akbay ’19 M.P.H., founder of the Hawaii-based company Symbrosia, which developed a seaweed feed supplement to reduce livestock methane emissions (Social Impact); and Eric Ho ’16 and Andrew Myers ’18, co-founders of RippleMatch, which matches college students with internships and jobs using AI (Enterprise Technology).

Others on the list include NBA Phoenix Suns point-guard Devin Booker, hip hop musician Lil Durk, and Celine Halioua, whose company Loyal is developing the first anti-aging and anti-cancer drug for dogs. For a complete list visit Forbes 30 Under 30.

This is a complete list of Yale-affiliated Forbes honorees to the best of our knowledge. If you know of someone on the list we missed, do let us know!

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