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 students to engage in brain-related fields through projects and initiatives on local, regional, national, and international levels.


Chinmayi Balusu

Founder |

Chief Executive Officer


Sasha Tunsiricharoengul

Aravind Krishnan

Chief Operating Officer | Co-Director of Outreach & Research 

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

Sheima Bana

Board Secretary | Co-Director of Awareness Content Creation

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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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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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.

Sasha is a high school senior from San Antonio, Texas. She has always been fascinated with neuroscience and aspires to become a neurosurgeon when she’s older. She conducts DNA repair research at the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy and is the current HOSA Future Health Professionals Texas Area 1 President. Outside of the scientific realm, she is also passionate about advocating for gender equality and female empowerment as Co-President of her school’s Girls Learn International chapter. In her free time, Sasha enjoys reading, playing the piano, binging Netflix, and hanging out with her dog.

Aravind is a high school senior from Hillsborough, New Jersey. He enjoys disseminating education about his passion for interdisciplinary neuroscience while making positive social change in health and psychology-related issues. Aravind is a student researcher in biotechnology, plant biology, and computational biology. He enjoys making positive societal impacts, whether in the lab, on the debate stage, mentoring others, or leading nonprofit organizations. 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. She is currently doing her A Levels and has ambitions to study medicine in the near future.

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Sarah Mirsaidi

Co-Director of Awareness Content Creation


Jed Quiaoit

Chief Financial Officer | Board Treasurer | Co-Director of Brain Resource Creation

Riya Patel

Co-Director of Brain Resource 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.

Jed is a high school senior from Vista, California. Highly excited by topics in neurology and neuropsychology, he aspires to contribute to the fields of neuroscience and psychology through research. In his spare time, he curates songs for his Spotify playlists and ceaselessly brainstorms on wacky food combinations.


Ishika Kohli

Rishika Singhal

Co-Director of Marketing

Director of Human Resources

Ishika is a senior in New Jersey passionate about neuroscience and its interdisciplinary connections to psychology. She aspires to take this knowledge with her into the medical field in the future. She's also extremely invested in research and teaching others for free, wanting to level the playing field for everybody. Outside of that, she loves to paint, watch football, and talk to new people!

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.

Riya is a senior at Stony Point High School in Texas, United States. In the future, she seeks to pursue a career in medicine. She discovered her passion for the field through her IB Psychology class and is specifically fascinated with topics related to cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology. Outside of SN, Riya is an avid member of HOSA, IB, FBLA, and NHS. She loves to do calligraphy and spend time exploring new parts of her town with her friends!

Lina Chihoub

Co-Director of Marketing

Lina is a high school senior from central New Jersey. 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!

Sophie Xie

Co-Director of Marketing

Sophie Xie / Sophie is a high school junior from Ontario, Canada. In high school, she discovered her particular passion for neuroscience and has been involved in it ever since. She hopes to pursue a career in medical research and dedicate herself to advancing the field of neurology. Simply Neuroscience has connected her to hundreds of enthusiastic individuals who shared her passion. As the Co-Director of Marketing, she aims to lead her team to bring more people to embrace the fascinations of neuroscience.

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Gurleen Badwal

Co-Lead of Presynaptic Project

Gurleen is a high school senior from Ontario, Canada. 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!

Lori Saxena

Co-Lead of Research Resource Creation

Lori is a high school senior in NY. A competitor at the USA National Brain Bee in 2019, a finalist for the 2019-2020 American Academy of Neurology Neuroscience Research Prize, and a recipient of a National Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Medal in the category of science fiction, she has a large interest in neuroscience and writing and is dedicated to furthering the overall goals of Simply Neuroscience through the Writing and Outreach/Research departments!

Freeha Anjum

Director of Public Relations

Freeha is a grade 12 student in Calgary, Canada who works for many STEM-related organizations. Naturally, she loves neuroscience and psychology and hopes to pursue and neuroscience degree in the future. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, archery, and watching TV shows. Freeha loves to work with others and is always open to new ideas for the Department of Public Relations!

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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.

Siddhi Kabadi

Co-Director of Events

Siddhi is a high school junior from California who is interested in neuroscience and psychology. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in the medical field and research diseases. In her free time, Siddhi enjoys playing volleyball, going on hikes / viewpoints and watch TV Shows (her favorite is The Office).

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Veda Sanghi

Lead of Advice Hotline

Veda is a high school sophomore from New Jersey. Driven by her curiosity about the brain and its unknown qualities, she strives to learn more about the fields of neuroscience and psychology. She is also passionate about spreading mental health awareness and encourages others to develop or further their interests in the brain. Her plans for the future include conducting medical research and pursuing a career in neurology. Outside of neuroscience, Veda can be found playing volleyball, bullet journaling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Inchara Athreya

Co-Director of Events | Board Vice President

Inchara is a high school senior from Mysuru, India. 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.


Dachel Fohne

Co-Director of Writing​

Dachel Fohne is a high school junior from Southern California. Her greatest long-time joy is writing about the cognitive and pathological aspects of neuroscience. She aspires to become a medical writer with specialties in researching rare diseases and natural medicine. Some favorite hobbies of her’s include rock climbing and providing peer mental health support.

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Michelle Kim

Co-Director of Writing​

Michelle is a high senior from Northern New Jersey who is fascinated by the interdisciplinary connections between psychology, neuroscience, economics, and linguistics. She aspires to pursue a career that combines her interdisciplinary interests and involves working with her community. She loves writing about current events as well as blogging about her hobbies. Her hobbies are attempting to longboard gracefully, going on long scenic walks, curating seasonal Spotify playlists, learning Japanese, and psychoanalyzing K-dramas.

Olivia Schmidt

Co-Lead of Humans of Neuroscience

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Niyati Patel

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!

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!

Davina Premraj

Interim Co-Director of Action Potential Advising Program (APAP)

Bhakti Vasani

Lead of Translation

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Ayaan Qayyum

Lead of Media/Video Content Creation

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Tista Bhattacharya

Co-Director of Action Potential Advising Program (APAP)

Bio coming soon!

Bhakti is a high school senior from New Jersey who is interested in neurobiology and psychology. She is passionate about eliminating the stigma of mental illness through awareness and education. She aspires to take this passion to the medical field and advocate for mental health. Through Simply Neuroscience, Bhakti hopes to make neuroscience education more accessible to students across the world. In her free time, Bhakti enjoys dancing, baking, and going on long walks.

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.

Bio coming soon!

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 sophomore from California. She has always been incredibly fascinated with neuroscience, psychology, and biology. Her passion lies in research and medicine, and she is especially interested in neurological/neurodegenerative diseases. She enjoys making a positive impact in the world around her, whether it be through research, public speaking, tutoring, leading organizations, or advocating for mental health. In her free time, Divya loves to play the piano, dance, and read!

Paige Williams

Co-Director of Outreach/Research

Paige is a high school senior from Pennsylvania. She has an interest in psychology, public health, and ending the stigma around mental illness. In the spring of 2020, Paige was named a finalist in the New York Times Learning Network's 500-word STEM Essay Contest. She is excited about her new position as she hopes to further her knowledge of neuroscience and share it with the world! In her free time, Paige enjoys eating ice cream, listening to classic rock, and playing with her three dogs.

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.

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.

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.

Tvesha Shah

Co-Director of Engagement

Tvesha is a high school student from Ontario Canada. She’s passionate about neuroscience and strives to educate the people around her about all things brain-related. In the near future, Tvesha aims to pursue a career combining business and STEM. She hopes to make a positive difference wherever she goes and is constantly attempting to grow. In her free time, she can be found reading, swimming, or hanging out with her friends.

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.

Shriya Simha

Events Marketing Lead

Bio coming soon!


Dr. Caroline Johnson

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. 


Sara Gordillo Sampedro

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.

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Rui Zhong

Richard Holman Matanta

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!

Dr. Sanjib Guha

Bio coming soon!

Rosemary Wareham

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.



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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