About Us

Founded on May 30th, 2019, Simply Neuroscience is an international, student-led nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering students' interdisciplinary interests in the brain, specifically through neuroscience and psychology education, outreach, and awareness. Our aim is to empower youth to engage in brain-related fields through projects and initiatives on local through global scales. Overall, we work to increase early neuroscience accessibility through connecting students with free online resources, opportunities, events, mentorship, and more through our diverse array of 25 departmental initiatives.

Pursuing the brain, unlocking the future...one neuron at a time

Meet the Leadership Team

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Founder |

Chief Executive Officer

Chinmayi is an undergraduate sophomore at Columbia University pursuing neuroscience and medical humanities. She founded Simply Neuroscience to share her love of learning about interdisciplinary brain-related fields with others and build a collaborative, welcoming community for young brain enthusiasts. Chinmayi is a student researcher with a background in biomedicine and neurodegenerative disease research, women in STEM advocate, global youth science communicator, mentor, and three-time TEDx speaker. In her free time, Chinmayi enjoys writing poetry, practicing taekwondo, exploring nature trails, and gardening.

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Sasha Tunsiricharoengul

Aravind Krishnan

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Sheima Bana

Chief Operating Officer | Co-Director of Outreach & Research 

President and Chair of the Board of Directors | Co-Director of Neuroscience and Society

Board Secretary | Co-Director of Awareness Content Creation

Chinmayi is an undergraduate student in her 3rd year at Columbia University.

Her favorite domain of neuroscience is brain injury, cognitive neuroscience, and science communication.

In her free time, Chinmayi enjoys writing poetry, practicing taekwondo, exploring nature trails, watching Telugu movies and gardening.

Sasha is an undergraduate student in her 2nd year at Harvard University. She is studying Neuroscience and Comparative Literature but is specifically interested in the neurosurgery and neuroethics domain of neuroscience. Sasha's hobbies include reading, taking nature walks, watching movies, playing the piano, and skiing.

Aravind is an undergraduate student  at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is interested in sectors of biotechnology, plant biology, and computational biology. In his free time, Aravind enjoys playing the violin, traveling to obscure destinations, playing badminton, and going on long bike rides.

Sheima is a Year 12 student from London, England. She is particularly interested in neurodegenerative diseases and potential treatments for diseases/disorders as well as being an advocate for mental health. She enjoys spending her time reading novels, learning new languages, and has shown a keen interest in public health. 

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Kaushik Patra

Chief Financial Officer | Co-Director of Writing

Bio coming soon!

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Inchara Athreya

Co-Director of Events | Board Vice President

Inchara is an undergraduate student pursuing psychology and linguistics at the University of Warwick. She is very passionate about psychology and hopes to pursue a career in the field. She loves being around people, especially children. She is an avid reader and enjoys writing too. She hopes to raise more awareness about mental health issues through her writing and exploration of the interdisciplinary aspects of psychology.

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Lina Chihoub

Rishika Singhal

Co-Director of Marketing

Co-Director of Marketing

Lina is an undergraduate student pursuing neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. She is fascinated by the intersection between neuroscience, computer science, and marketing, with a particular interest in how technology can be used to treat behavioral/psychiatric disorders. In her free time, she loves graphic design, meeting new people, and traveling! Lina is also actively involved with her community by volunteering at her local hospital and Special Olympics!

Rishika is a high school sophomore from Ontario, Canada, who is deeply fascinated by neuroscience. As she grows older, Rishika aspires to be a neurosurgeon or biomedical engineer, and help neuroscientists with disease and cures research. To learn more about neuroscience and make new connections, she joined Simply Neuroscience, originally managed their takeovers and now is a Director of Marketing, so others, like her, could have a live resource to listen and learn from. Along with her ongoing interest in Neuroscience, she loves to cook, play instruments and sports, garden, do robotics, and for her community she always is willing to volunteer.

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Katherine Wei

Co-Director of Neuroscience and Society

Katherine is a high school junior from Chandler, Arizona. She's interested in biology and neuroscience and she hopes to go to med school in the future. In school, she is involved in a variety of clubs including science fair, biology olympiad, and red cross. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, writing poetry, and painting portraits.

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Shriya Simha

Events Marketing Lead

Bio coming soon!

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Daewon Kwon

Director of "The Synapse" Podcast

Daewon is currently a junior in California interested in behavioral neuropsychology. He joined SN because it seemed like a fun organization to really explore new opportunities and expand on his interests through creative measures such as podcasts. Outside of SN, Daewon has various interests like playing in a band, reading, ceramics, and painting.

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Freeha Anjum

Director of Public Relations

Freeha is an undergraduate student in her 1st year at the University of Calgary. She in interested in the Developmental Neuropsychology field of neuroscience. Freeha enjoys playing video games, reading books, watching tv shows, and painting. 

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Sarah Mirsaidi

Co-Director of Awareness Content Creation

Sarah Mirsaidi is a high school senior from San Diego, California. Since a young age, she has had a fascination with science, especially neuroscience and psychology. Sarah is an advocate for underrepresented minorities in STEM, especially women. In the future, Sarah hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career in neurology. In her free time, Sarah loves to write, listen to music, and watch movies.

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Gurleen Badwal

Co-Lead of Presynaptic Project

Gurleen is an undergraduate student pursuing medical sciences (neuroscience) at Western University. She discovered her passion for neuroscience in her AP Psychology class, and encourages others to discover their passions in neuroscience & psychology courses. In the future, Gurleen hopes to pursue an MD/PhD and conduct neuroscience research in medicine! In her free time, she is a Netflix connoisseur and loves to go shopping!


Elizabeth Yang

Co-Lead of Presynaptic Project

Elizabeth Yang is a high school junior from Belle Mead, New Jersey. She is passionate about mental health advocacy and has always been fascinated with the science behind dreaming. She became specifically interested in neuroscience and psychology after learning about neurologic music therapy and its application to sensory and cognitive dysfunctions. Outside of neuroscience, she enjoys reading and playing the piano and oboe.


Divya Venkataraman

Co-Lead of Presynaptic Project

Divya is a high school junior at Monta Vista High School.  She is especially interested in neurological/neurodegenerative diseases. She loves Research (especially in the field of Neuroscience), Piano, Dance (Indian Classical Dance: Bharatanatyam), Science Olympiad, Public Speaking, Tutoring, Advocating for mental health!

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Niyati Patel

Co-Lead of Humans of Neuroscience

Niyati is a high school student from New Jersey. She is extremely interested in Medicine and Advocacy. Ever since a young age she has always wanted to be a doctor. She advocates for the education gap in america, and minorities in STEM. She also has implemented projects on reducing gang violence in children and have participated  in many mission trips. In her free time she likes to hang out with friends!


Olivia Schmidt

Co-Lead of Humans of Neuroscience

Olivia is a high school junior from Plainview, New York. She has a strong passion for science and research, and has always been captivated by neuroscience. In the future, Olivia hopes to pursue a neuroscience-related career in medicine, where she can conduct research and help individuals with neurological conditions. She also loves participating in her school's Model UN club, acting as a peer mentor to incoming high school freshmen, and volunteering in her community. In her free time, Olivia enjoys spending time with her friends, doing karate, and hanging out with her dog and cat!

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Yug Yadava

Co-Lead of Research Resource Creation

Yug is a freshman at Rowan University in New Jersey. His interest in neuroscience stems from his internship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he conducted research on pediatric demyelinating diseases. He also loves to write science-based articles to help the general public understand complex topics. In the near future, hopes to combine international relations and medicine to help create better laws and equality for all throughout the world.

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Ayaan Qayyum

Lead of Media/Video Content Creation

Ayaan is a high school junior from Middlesex County, New Jersey. He is fascinated by the complexities of neuroscience and creating content people are intrigued to view. He aspires to become a neurosurgeon in the future. At his school, he is involved in a variety of clubs and programs such as chemistry league, red cross, and UNICEF, as well as the Peer Mentor and Safety Ambassador programs. Outside of school, he loves to cook, play saxophone, and swim.

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Aung Khant Min

Director of Tech

Aung is a senior at A.Y. Jackson Secondary School. He has been interested in the inner-workings of the brain since he was young. He is also inspired by futuristic technologies and wants to create impactful technologies in the future. In his free time, he enjoys programming, reading, watching shows (his all time favorite is Avatar the Last Air Bender), and playing ultimate frisbee.


Raj Boparai

Lead of Event Communications

Raj is a high school sophomore from Hillsborough, New Jersey. Since a young age, he has found cognitive and behavioral sciences intriguing and intends to be a neurosurgeon in the future. He aspires to take challenging science courses in college and hopes to pursue a pre-med track. Outside of SN, Raj is a prominent member of his high school’s varsity debate team where he actively researches political topics. He is also a part of the programming subteam of his school’s robotics team, as well as the varsity mock trial team. In his free time, Raj leads a non-profit organization, enjoys playing basketball and competing in chess.


Chuyi Zhang

Co-Director of Engagement

Chuyi is a high school senior from Northern California. She's interested in all-things neuroscience and biology for its many applications in other disciplines. In the near future, Chuyi aims to study the science behind the impact of brain trauma and neurosurgery. She can be found reading, playing video games, and practicing sports in her leisure time.


Raayan Dhar

Director of Editing

Raayan Dhar is a high school senior at High Tech High Mesa. He is interested in the field of cognitive neuroscience. In his free time, he enjoys, playing the clarinet, reading and video games.

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Tvesha Shah

Tvesha is a high school senior at North Park Secondary School. Her interest in neuroscience centers around the prefrontal cortex. Tvesha enjoys reading, swimming, mixed martial arts, writing, STEM as hobbies.

Co-Director of Engagement

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Pavan Cheruku

Co-Director of BRC

Pavan is a high school senior at Lexington High School. He is interested in the the neuroscience of psychedelic drugs and olfaction. Pavan likes listening to music; his favorite genres are shoegaze, indie rock, and experimental hip hop and he allso loves watching movies and biking.


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Co-Director of Engagement



Raayan Dhar

Director of Editing

Raayan Dhar is a high school student from San Diego, California. His interest in neuroscience stemmed from a lecture on coffee and its effect on the brain in his chemistry class. Now he is no longer addicted to coffee and has a newfound passion for neuroscience. He is particularly interested in the interdisciplinary connections between media, neuroscience, and tech. In his free time, he enjoys reading The New Yorker, playing the clarinet, crushing his brother in chess, and taking generous naps.

Meet the Advisory Board


Dr. Caroline Johnson


Sara Gordillo Sampedro

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Rui Zhong

Richard Holman Matanta

Dr. Johnson is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of California Los Angeles' David Geffen School of Medicine studying the neurocircuitry of female lordosis behavior and the role of estrogens and opioids in that behavior. She received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California, where she studied the role of catecholamines in initiating the stress response to hypoglycemia. She is an education advocate, having been involved in community outreach through her local Brain Bee competition and Brain Awareness week, as well as teaching undergraduate students at the University of Southern California.


Hajer Karoui

A native of Tunisia, Hajer Karoui completed her undergraduate degree in the USA at Drexel University, where she majored in Computer Science and minored in Neuroscience. After working for a year in NYC as a cyber security consultant at Ernst & Young, Hajer shifted gears and moved to London to pursue a Master of Research in Experimental Neuroscience at Imperial College London, a world top ten university. She is very passionate about neurotechnology and cognitive sciences, particularly the inner workings of human memory. Hajer is actively engaged in the community through teaching, mentoring and volunteering in several non-profit organizations. 

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Rosemary Wareham

Coming soon!

Ms. Gordillo Sampedro is a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. While pursuing her Master of Science degree in Neuroscience at the University of Rotterdam (Netherlands), she developed an interest in teaching and scientific communication. She enjoys teaching and serves as a teaching assistant, and hopes to empower students, particularly those who come from underrepresented backgrounds, to pursue science by creating more equitable opportunities for more people to gain experience and interest in the field.

Mr. Rui Zhong is a Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota. His love of neuroscience started during his undergraduate studies, when he learned about the importance of sleep quality. Fascinated by the complexity of the brain, he investigated further into the mechanisms behind sleep and the protective mechanisms it facilitates. Now studying Alzheimer’s disease as a PhD student, he hopes to make steps in publishing new knowledge for more to learn about neuroscience, while expanding opportunities for aspiring scientists to pursue their goals.

Mr. Holman Matanta is an MD candidate at the Universitas Hasanuddin (Unhas) in Makassar City, Indonesia. He is interested in the cognitive function of the brain and how human thought functions. Fundamentally, his passion is to learn more about neuroscience and decode the obscure mysteries of the human nervous system. He also has a passion for teaching. He coaches students in Indonesia to prepare them for careers in biology, through competitions such as the Biology Olympiad, and hopes that he can continue to foster a love of neuroscience and psychology for students around the world.


Dr. Uma Naidoo

Dr. Naidoo is a Harvard trained psychiatrist, Michelin-starred professional chef, and nutrition specialist who has a special interest in the impact of food on mood and other mental health conditions. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as faculty at Harvard Medical School. Additionally, she is the author of the upcoming book This Is Your Brain On Food  which shows the cutting-edge science explaining the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues, from ADHD to anxiety, depression, OCD, and others.


Dr. Edritz Javelosa

Bio coming soon!

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Dr. Sanjib Guha

Bio coming soon!

Eva Gontrum

Eva is a recent Pomona College graduate in Neuroscience and a current Clinical Research Coordinator at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. Her research focuses on healthy aging, cerebrovascular disease, and inflammatory markers of cognitive decline. She is also the writer and producer of Pain Science for a Life Well Lived, a video course on pain science for teens, which will be released in Spring 2021.

Meet Our Alumni Advisors


Scott Blender

Scott is a sophomore at Temple University pursuing computer science. He previously served as Simply Neuroscience's Director of Writing and Director of Website Development. He also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Coronavirus Visualization Team.


Serene Feng

Serene is an incoming freshman at the University of Connecticut who loves listening to podcasts, reading non-fiction books, and melding flavors together (aka cooking)! She was Simply Neuroscience's former Co-Director of "The Synapse" Podcast and Co-Director of Outreach/Research. She loves working in teams to inspire high school students to explore STEM/Neuroscience. She firmly believes that anyone can create opportunities for others, and is proud that SN offers that!


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