top of page

About Us

SN Collage.png
Screen Shot 2021-05-29 at 1.53.29 PM.png

Founded in May 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, regional, national, and international levels.

 

Overall, we work to increase early neuroscience access by connecting students with free online resources, opportunities, events, mentorship, and more through our diverse array of 25 departmental initiatives.

Pursuing the brain and unlocking the future -- one neuron at a time

Meet Our Initiatives & Leadership

Interested in having a Simply Neuroscience team member speak at an event? Email us at info@simplyneuroscience.org

Chinmayi Balusu, MPH

Chinmayi is a clinical stroke and brain injury researcher who is passionate about global health, neuroethics, and youth science communication. She is an alumna of Columbia University with undergraduate and graduate degrees in medical humanities and neuro-epidemiology.

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

Chinmayi Balusu Headshot.JPG

(she/her)

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Sasha Tunsiricharoengul

Sasha is an undergraduate student in her third year at Harvard University studying Neurobiology and Comparative Literature. She is passionate about neurosurgery, raising disability awareness, biomedical research, and education. She also enjoys reading, working on graphic design projects, taking nature walks, watching movies, and playing the piano.

DSC08808 (2).jpg

(she/her)

Chief Operating Officer

Veda Dayananda

Veda is an senior at East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is passionate about neuroethics, neuroanatomy, and disability awareness. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, painting, and reading.

IMG_9448_edited.jpg

(she/her)

Board President

Inchara Athreya

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.

Inchara A U Athreya.jpeg

(she/her)

Board Vice President

Kaushik Patra

Kaushik is a 1st year college student from Ashoka University in India. He is fascinated by the fields of neuroendocrinology as well as behavioral neuroscience. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, meditation, listening to podcasts, watching underrated documentaries and anime, as well as talking to his friends.

Kaushik Patra.png

(he/him)

Chief Financial Officer

April Yu

April is a freshman attending East Brunswick High school, who is passionate about the workings of the brain and how it affects human behavior. Her favorite parts of neuroscience include Behavioral neuroscience, social neuroscience, and biopsychology. In her free time, April enjoys exploring her creative side through writing, and loves to play the flute. April is also an avid runner who can also be found curled up around a good book.

(she/her)

Board Secretary

April Yu.jpeg
IMG-0627.JPG

Action Potential Advising Program (APAP)

APAP virtually connects neuroscience students (“advisees”) with professionals (“advisors”) to provide free educational guidance and mentorship. The APAP team envisions creating an international, centralized space that goes beyond individual schools and colleges. We aim to help both STEM and STEM-adjacent brain enthusiasts develop their interest in neuroscience and provide a channel for inspiration from experts in the field through this flexible program

Max Feng

Max Feng is a driven and accomplished junior at Horace Mann School with a strong interest in neuroscience. His focus lies in psychiatry, the neuroscience of memory and law, and behavioral neuroscience. Alongside his academic pursuits, Max as a passion for figure skating, playing the piano, playing video games, which he pursues in his free time. 

Max Feng.png.jpg

(he/him)

Director

SN Zoom Background 1.png
Copy of BRC logo transparent.png

Awareness Content Creation

The Awareness team aims to bring attention to the connection between mental health and neuroscience, with a specialization in destigmatizing neurological disorders in adolescent communities. We conduct research in order to create content guides as well as connect with experts in order to make the conversations about struggles with mental health easier to access in our communities.

Liza Tsepovatenko

Liza is a Year 12 student from Hatfield, England. She is particularly interested in Neurological/Neurodegenerative Diseases, neuroimaging, and cellular neuroscience. She enjoys spending her time with cross country, reading, cooking, and learning languages. 

Liza Tsepovatenko.jpg

(she/her)

Co-Director

Eleanor Wynne

Eleanor is a high school student attending Colorado Academy. The areas of neuroscience that most fascinate her are mental health awareness, criminal psychology, and the effects of psychedelic drugs on neuroscience. In her free time, Eleanor loves to play volleyball, paint, and listen to music.

SN Zoom Background 1.png

(she/her)

Co-Director

Brain Resource Creation

The Brain Resource Creation Department’s goal is to create engaging educational content to help students of all levels learn about the brain and its interconnected fields. This includes creating and hosting workshops, video series, and providing resource databases.

Patrick Bloniasz

Patrick F. Bloniasz is a mathematical neuroscientist and educational reformer. Patrick is a PhD student at Boston University where he creates models of neural time series at different spatial scales (e.g., spike trains, ECoG, and EEG/MEG). He is currently using the anesthetic propofol to study stages of consciousness in humans and monkeys. He is also a Research Associate at Bowdoin college where he maps functional networks underlying human memory. Previously, Patrick served as the Director of Education at the non-profit Aeon for Ocean, as a researcher for the Maine Department of Education, as a national researcher for America’s Service Commissions, and as a Senior Interviewer at Bowdoin College. Outside of science, Patrick is a certified personal trainer, a coffee enthusiast, and avid runner. Find Patrick at his website (patrickbloniasz.com) or on Twitter (@PatrickBloniasz).

Patrick Bloniasz.jpeg

(he/him)

Co-Director

Yulan Wang

Yulan is a senior attending Theodore Roosevelt High School. The domains of Neuroscience that interest her the most are cognitive neuroscience, minds and machines, and neural networks. In her free time she enjoys building legos, playing tennis, backpacking, and reading.

Yulan Wang.png

(she/her)

Co-Director

Campus Ambassadors Logo.jpg

Campus Brain Ambassador Network (CBAN)

The Campus Brain Ambassador Network works to bridge the gap between neuroscience and psychology opportunities present at grassroots through global scales. Each Ambassador has the opportunity to interact with fellow students in the network from around the world to collaborate in hosting events, amplifying resources, and more.

Davina Premraj

Davina is a college sophomore at McMaster University. The fields of Neuroscience that interest her the most are Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano.

Davina Premraj.jpg

(she/her)

Co-Lead

IMG_0751.PNG

Events
The Events Planning department ideates and organizes events such as Simply Neurocon, Synaptic Hacks, Neuroethics Student Championship, workshops, fireside chats, and much more to encourage involvement and foster curiosity amongst youth within the neuroscience community. From devising themes, to acquiring speakers and sponsorships, to logistics and wrapping up, the department is responsible for the organization and execution of all Simply Neuroscience’s much-awaited events!

Vishnu Swarup Kadaba

Vishnu is a high school senior from the Oxford Independent Pre-University College. His favorite domains of Neuroscience comprise of Computational Neuroscience, and Neural Engineering. Vishnu's hobbies involve the Classical Dance of Bharatanatyam, listening to music(especially Lauv), and contemplating the future and the past.

Vishnu Kadaba.jpeg

(he/him)

Co-Director

Inchara Athreya

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.

Inchara A U Athreya.jpeg

(she/her)

Co-Director

Ria Kamat

Ria is a highschool sophomore in New Jersey. She got interested in science from a young age and since then she wanted to deepen her knowledge in all fields of science. She continuously takes part in science fairs and is currently doing biology research at her highschool. Ria hopes to work in orthopedics or neuroscience in the future and continously learn more about the various fields of science. In her free time, Ria loves to listen to science podcasts, solve puzzles, hang out with her friends, and play board games!

Ria Kamat.jpeg

(she/her)

Logistics Lead

Cora Atkinson

Cora is a 9th grader who is interested in computational neuroscience, interactive neuroscience, and behavioral psychology. They are a jazz saxophonist, swimmer, recreational biker, board game enthusiast, and nerd! :)

Cora Atkinson.heic

(they/them)

Sponsorships Lead

SN Zoom Background 1.png

Editing

The Editing department works to revise and provide feedback on materials written or created by individuals in any of Simply Neurosciences’ departments or initiatives. Editors seek to transform written material into pieces that are relevant, professional, free from errors, and easily readable for all audiences. All our pieces are published on the Simply Neuroscience website, and past topics have included anything from neurotech startups tackling big issues to psychological analysis of parasocial relationships

Raayan Dhar

Raayan Dhar is a first year student at Stanford University. He is interested in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience, and neuroeconomics. In his free time, he enjoys, playing the clarinet, chess, and reading .

Raayan Dhar.png

(he/him)

Director

SN Zoom Background 1.png

Engagement

The Engagement team organizes welcome calls, social gatherings, and more for SN team members!

Salve Dalmacio

Salve is outstanding volunteer and director of engagement at Simply Neuroscience. The domains of Neuroscience that she finds most intriguing are Neuroaesthetics, Neuroimaging, and Environmental Neuroscience. In her spare time Salve enjoys yoga and pilates.

(she/her)

Director

SN Zoom Background 1.png
SN Zoom Background 1.png

Human Resources (HR)

The HR team coordinates the volunteer application, interview, and onboarding process. HR members gather feedback from the broader team and work to support Simply Neuroscience’s team culture behind the scenes.

April Yu

April is a freshman attending East Brunswick High school, who is passionate about the workings of the brain and how it affects human behavior. Her favorite parts of neuroscience include Behavioral neuroscience, social neuroscience, and biopsychology. In her free time, April enjoys exploring her creative side through writing, and loves to play the flute. April is also an avid runner who can also be found curled up around a good book.

April Yu.jpeg

Director

(she/her)

Image from iOS (1).jpg

Humans of Neuroscience (HoN)

HoN is devoted to empowering neuroscience aspirants by sharing the stories of individuals in neuroscience. Our aim is to inspire students by showcasing the extent of diversity and opportunities in neuroscience and psychology

Suhani Modha

Suhani is a High School student from New Jersey. The sections of Neuroscience that interests her the most are Neuroengineering, computational neuroscience, and neurogenetics. In her spare time, Suhani enjoys tennis, traveling, and bike riding.

(she/her)

Co-Lead

SN Zoom Background 1.png

Shreya Vogety

Bio Coming Soon...

Co-Lead

SN Zoom Background 1.png
SN Zoom Background 1.png

Marketing

The marketing team works to maintain strong ties to our middle, high school, university and professional audiences by designing content (graphics, takeovers, etc.) for our various social media channels as well as regular newsletters. Our goal is to expand our online presence by spreading the word about Simply Neuroscience's initiatives, as well as establishing a positive relationship with the larger SN community

Lina Chihoub

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, creative writing, baking, meeting new people, and traveling! Lina is also actively involved with her community by volunteering at her local hospital and Special Olympics!

Lina Chihoub.png

(she/her)

Co-Director

Mei Yano

Mei is a high school Senior who is deeply fascinated by neuroscience. Her favorite parts of Neuroscience include, but not limited to, neuroanatomy, neurological diseases, neurobiology. In her free time, Mei enjoys swimming and traveling.

(she/her)

Co-Director

SN Zoom Background 1.png
psp.png

Presynaptic Project
The Presynaptic Project is an international, student-led initiative devoted to inspiring students across the world to pursue neuroscience through diverse integrations and introductions of interdisciplinary neuroscience into early education-by creating unique lesson plans and hosting international workshops and summer camps/competitions.

Divya Venkataraman

Divya is a high school senior 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, and Advocating for mental health!

divya.PNG

(she/her)

Co-Lead

Elizabeth Yang

Elizabeth Yang is a college freshmen at Northwestern University. 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, playing the piano, as well as making mini clay art

Elizabeth Yang.jpg

(she/her)

Co-Lead

image (3).png

Simply Neural Network

The Simply Neural Network is a global coalition of nonprofits, clubs, and initiatives centered around neuroscience, psychology, mental health, disability advocacy, and other related interdisciplinary themes. Through this network, nonprofits gain access to an unparalleled host of collaboration opportunities, media amplification, and logistical support by-students-for-students

SN Zoom Background 1.png

Technology

The Technology team works on website and app development. Website development focuses on coding and creating the layout, design, and functionality of Simply Neuroscience's website. App development focuses on creating and designing the Simply Neuroscience app.

Jervis Fernandes

Bio coming soon!

SN Zoom Background 1.png

(he/him)

Director

52d9e4_c557bbbd979f4e77bc474d141dd5db12_

"The Synapse" Podcast

Our team has established series including the College Neuro Network, Every Kind of Mind, and Neuron Y Parle under The Synapse Podcast. Our teammates are involved in contacting guests, hosting speakers, editing, marketing, and transcript writing.

Philip Pranajaya

Philip is an undergraduate studying at Queen's University. Philip is facinated by neuroscience, most notably the branches including Neuropathology and genetic brain development. In his free time, Philip enjoys drawing, playing music, and badminton.

Philip Pranajaya .jpg

(he/him)

Co-Director

Sanya Saxena

Sanya is a 12th grade student from American Embassy School in New Delhi. Her favorite branches of neuroscience include Neurobiology, behavioural science, and Neuroanatomy. In her free time, Sanya enjoys Reading, listening to music and watching shows.

SN Zoom Background 1.png

(she/her)

Co-Director

Sophie Cohen

Sophie is a 12th-grade student at Aragon High School. She is passionate about cognitive neuroscience, mental health, and neurodevelopmental disorders. In her free time, Sophie enjoys playing percussion, singing, and biking with family.

Sophie Cohen.PNG

(she/her)

Marketing Lead

SN Zoom Background 1.png

Translation

The Translation team’s goal is to bridge the language barriers and work to make Simply Neuroscience’s educational content and resources more accessible by translating them into multiple languages outside of English.

Jun Kyoung Kim

Jun is a Freshman at The University of Pittsburgh. She is fascinated by behavioral, psychiatry, and cognitive neuroscience. Her hobbies include working out, hiking, and yoga.

Jun Kyoung Kim.jpg

(she/her)

Project Lead

SN Zoom Background 1.png

Undergraduate Research Fellowship (concluded)

  • We partnered with Erevna and dcyphr to connect undergraduate students and mentors through virtual independent research projects.

SN Zoom Background 1.png

Wellness Week (concluded)

The Wellness Week initiative aims to promote mental health awareness and well-being in schools and communities around the world starting at the local level by young adults seeking to make a difference.

SN Zoom Background 1.png

Writing

The writing department consists from writers from all over the world to publish pieces on the Simply Neuroscience blog that inform and entertain readers on many disciplines of neuroscience. Our aim is to create a space in which neuroscience can be accessible to everyone, regardless of prior knowledge. Topics have ranged from parasocial relationships to interviews with respected individuals in the field. The writing department works closely with the editing department as all the pieces will go through a traditional writing process, with every aspect of the process done by members of the SN community.

Kaushik Patra

Kaushik is a 1st year college student from Ashoka University in India. He is fascinated by the fields of neuroendocrinology as well as behavioral neuroscience. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, meditation, listening to podcasts, watching underrated documentaries and anime, as well as talking to his friends.

Kaushik Patra.png

(he/him)

Co-Director

Emma Zhou

Emma Zhou is a junior from Lawrence Academy. She is very interested in neuroscience and loves to write as well as listen to podcasts about neuroscience. In her free time, Emma enjoys painting, karaoke, shopping, playing the cello, ice hockey and golf.

Emma Zhou.JPG

(she/her)

Co-Director

Meet the Advisory Board Members

Sanjib Guha, PhD

Bio coming soon!

Dr Sanjib Guha.png

(he/him)

Sara Gordillo Sampedro, MSc

Bio coming soon!

SN Zoom Background 1.png

(she/her)

Richard Holman Matanta, MD

Bio coming soon!

SN Zoom Background 1.png

(he/him)

bottom of page