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

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, youth science communicator, mentor, and two-time TEDx speaker. In her free time, Chinmayi enjoys writing poetry, practicing taekwondo, exploring nature trails, and gardening.

Sasha Tunsiricharoengul

Aravind Krishnan

Chief Operating Officer | Co-Director of Outreach & Research 

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

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 Bana

Board Secretary | Co-Director of Awareness Content Creation

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.

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.

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.

Jed Quiaoit

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

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.

Riya Patel

Co-Director of Brain Resource Creation

Riya is a rising 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!

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.

Ishika Kohli

Amanda Vu

Lina Chihoub

Co-Director of Marketing

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!

Amanda is an undergraduate student studying neuroscience at the University of Maryland. Her passion for behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology, and mental health equity is what draws her into this interdisciplinary field. Alongside her scientific endeavors, she loves connecting with and amplifying marginalized voices, volunteering, and trying new foods. With a camera always in hand, she’s a strong believer in the quote “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and dreams of a world where everyone can see each other as one.

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!

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

Research Resource Project Co-Lead

Lori is a rising 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!

Lydia Wang

Co-Director of Computational/Systems Neuroscience

Lydia is a high school senior from California who is fascinated by the way humans think, behave, and interact. She loves learning about the interdisciplinary aspects of psychology-- especially the fields of cognitive and computational neuroscience. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, learning Japanese and Chinese, and attempting (struggling) to pronounce very long words. She hopes to someday pursue a career that combines her passion for brain science, biology, and linguistics.

Shreya Velagala

Co-Director of Computational/Systems Neuroscience

Shreya is currently a junior at Quarry Lane School interested in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Neuroscience. She is fascinated by the complexity of the brain and hopes to learn more about the foundations of human intelligence to build AI that can help enhance human ability. At school, she is the founder and president of the Meditation & Yoga club that hopes to spread wellness through technology. In her freetime, Shreya enjoys watching lectures on AI and ML by professors and binge watching Gossip Girl. Through SN, she hopes to make a change in the world by educating students about the intersection of technology and neuroscience.

Aung Khant Min

Co-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.

Jinhao Xie

Co-Director of Tech

Jinhao is a high school senior from Toronto, Canada. His interest in neuroscience originates to an introduction to social sciences course that briefly touched on the study of psychology. He aspires to work in software development in the future, hoping to make meaningful contributions to society. Some hobbies include listening to music, as well as gaming and playing sports.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Jessica Paul

Humans of Neuroscience

Co-Project Lead

Jessica is a high school sophomore from New Jersey who is interested in biology and neuroscience. She has always been curious about how the brain works and the causes of neurological disorders. Through Simply Neuroscience, Jessica wants to spread neuroscience education to students and hear from professionals in the field. In her free time, she loves musical theatre, watching Netflix, and going out with her friends.

Niyati Patel

Humans of Neuroscience

Co-Project Lead

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!

Selina Liu

Director of Public Relations

Selina Liu is an undergraduate student from Taiwan who was based in Queens, NY, during her high school years. She values the importance of interdisciplinary studies- combining neuroscience researches and media together. As a student with strong beliefs in international advocacy, feminism, promoting STEAM field to underrepresented, and the value of collaboration over competition, she loves working with people in different fields and believes that everyone has a story to tell.  In addition to her position in SN, she is the co-founder of VJP Media Marketing, Communication co-director of Miscalcul[asian], and one of the judges for International Youth BrainSTEM Summit!

Bhakti Vasani

Translation Team Lead

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 Qayyum

Media/Video Content Creation Lead

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.

Gracie Leal

Advice Email Hotline Lead

Bio coming soon!

Elizabeth Yang

Co-Lead of Presynaptic Project

Divya Venkataraman

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 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.


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. 

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.

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.

Rui Zhong

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.

Richard Holman Matanta

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!


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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Yug Yadava

Research Resource Project


Bio coming soon!

Raayan Dhar

Director of Editing

Bio coming soon!

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