About Us

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

Chinmayi Balusu

Chinmayi is final-year medical humanities and neuroepidemiology student at Columbia University. She is passionate about brain injury and stroke research, neuroethics, and science communication.

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

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Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Sasha Tunsiricharoengul

Sasha is an undergraduate student in her 2nd year at Harvard University. She is passionate about neurosurgery and neuroethics. Sasha's hobbies include reading, nature walks, watching movies, playing the piano, and skiing.

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Chief Operating Officer

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Board President

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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.

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Board Vice President

Kaushik Patra

Kausnik 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.

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Chief Financial Officer

Shriya Simha

Shriya is a first-year undergraduate student at Brown University. She is passionate about cognitive neuroscience (especially early childhood cognition), ASD, and computational neuroscience. Her hobbies include baking, drawing, writing, and photography.

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Board Secretary

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Accessible Axon Initiative (AAI)

  • Initiated in 2021, the AAI team works to make Simply Neuroscience’s resources more accessible to neurodiverse communities.

  • This includes captioning YouTube videos and podcasts, narrating the website, and more.

Madeline Chiang

Madeline is a 3rd year college student at the University of Notre Dame. The branch of Neuroscience she is most captivated by is Neurodegenerative diseases. In her free time, Madeline likes to bake, swim, hike, and hang out with her friends and family. 

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Tarah Gilles

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Action Potential Advising Program (APAP)

  • APAP virtually connects neuroscience students (“advisees”) with professionals (“advisors”) to provide free educational guidance and mentorship

  • APAP 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

Deena Khan

Deena is a hard-working, 1st year student at Stockton University. Her favorite sections of Neuroscience include Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, along with Clinical Neuroscience. In her spare time, Deena enjoys activities such as reading, spending time with her family and friends, watching K-dramas as well as C-dramas, and listening to music.

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Co-Director of Action Potential Advising Program

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Advice Hotline

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience students ("advisees") with older professionals ("advisors") to provide free educational guidance and mentorship

  • The program hopes to bridge gaps in early neuroscience and psychology education by creating an international, centralized community space that goes beyond individual schools and universities

Camryn Roundtree

Camryn is a Senior from Goshen, New York. The fields of neuroscience that in interest her the most are clinical and behavioral. Camryn enjoy dancing and spends time with her passion at the NYDC dance studio

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Project Lead of Advice Hotline

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. 

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Co-Director of Awareness Content Creation

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.

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Co-Director of Awareness Content Creation

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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).

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Co-Director of Brain Resource Creation

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.

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Co-Director of Brain Resource Creation

Computational and Systems Neuroscience (CSN)

  • The CSN team strives to craft resource guides that help students of all levels to explore computational neuroscience research.

  • We work closely with the Brain Resource Creation team to create educational content and resource databases.

Oviya Kalaivanan

Oviya is a freshman in college at Washington University in St. Louis. The branches of Neuroscience that Oviya is most captivated by are Cognitive neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases. 

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Computational and Systems Neuroscience Lead

Campus Brain Ambassador Network (CBAN)

  • The Campus Brain Ambassador Network aims to collaborate with students across the globe to bring neuroscience resources to their school.

Davina Premraj

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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.

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Deeksha Cirigadi

Deeksha is a senior from Centennial High School. Her favorite domain of Neuroscience is behavioral neuroscience. In her free time, Deeksha enjoys singing, drawing, going shopping, and listening to music.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Raj Boparai

Raj is a high school senior 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.

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Shriya Simha

Shriya is an undergraduate at Brown University. She is fascinated Cognitive Neuroscience, especially  early childhood cognitive, as well as ASD and computational Neuroscience. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, drawing, writing, and photography.

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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

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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 .

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Engagement

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

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Anika Bukkapatnam

Anika is a 10th year high school student from Goshen Central High School. The domain of Neuroscience that she finds most intriguing is Cognitive Neuroscience. Apart from being a stellar student, Anika enjoys writing poetry, spending time with her puppy, and reading sappy romance novels.

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Co-Director of Engagement

Krish Shah

Krish is a 1st year college student at Brown University. Ever since he was a child, Krish has been very interested in how the human body functions, particularly the brain and other cognitive organs through shadowing his grandfather, a cardiologist. He is very passionate about the intersection in neuroscience, human anatomy, and equality in health treatment. In the future, he aims to engage in both the medical and business fields in order to ensure everyone has a path to adequate treatment as well as contribute to research regarding treatment of diseases. Through Simply Neuroscience, he has embarked on this journey by spreading awareness and engaging other individuals in concepts regarding mental health, terminal diseases, and resources for cognitive betterment. When he’s not shadowing a physician, brokering a resolution in a Model UN crisis committee, or working as a tutor, you can find Krish biking, drawing, writing, or watching the NBA.

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Co-Director of Engagement

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.

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Director of Human Resources

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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

Aleena Rana

Aleena is a 12th grade student from International School Lahore. The section of Neuroscience that interests her the most is Neuro-Biology. In her spare time, Aleena enjoys reading, baking, listening to music, swimming and spending time with my cat.

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Co-Lead of Humans of Neuroscience

Arminda Devkota

Arminda is a senior attending Rabat American School. Their favorite sections of neuroscience include Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. In their free time, Arminda enjoys running, taekwondo, drawing, reading, and listening to music.

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Co-Lead of Humans of Neuroscience

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Marketing

  • The marketing department 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

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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!

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Co-Director of Marketing

Rishika Singhal

Rishika is a high school Senior 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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Co-Director of Marketing

Media/Video Content Creation (MVCC)

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Gabriela Konde

Gabriela is a high school sophomore attending Marshall High School. She is fascinated by neuroscience, most notably cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, and neuro-anatomy. In her free time, Gabriela enjoys Soccer, playing music (piano, clarinet, ukelele, etc.), and reading.

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Co-Lead of Media/Video Content Creation

Neuroscience and Society

  • The Neuroscience and Society department strives to create awareness in schools for the need of Neuroscience day

  • Our past projects have included reaching out to state policy legislators for change in neuro policies

Aahana Aggarwal

Aahana is a 12th grade student from Mayor World School . Her favorite subjects of neuroscience include Neuro-Biology, behavior, and cognitive neuroscience . In her free time, Aahana enjoys crocheting, writing, and reading .

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Director of Neuroscience and Society

Outreach and Research

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Tima Al Shammaa

Tima is an undergraduate from Queen's University. Tima is fascinated by Neuroscience and all it entail, but the branches of Neuroscience that interest her the most are Epigenomic control of memories and disorders of consciousness. Hobbies include photography, hiking, and catching up with family members overseas.

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Co-Director of Outreach/Research

Yug Yadava

Yug is a junior 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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Presynaptic Project

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

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!

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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

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Public Relations

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Freeha Anjum

Freeha is an undergraduate student in her 2nd year at the University of Calgary. She is interested in the Developmental Neuropsychology field of neuroscience. Freeha enjoys playing video games, reading books, watching tv shows, and painting. 

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Research Resource Creation

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Aryan Gupta

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Veda Dayananda

Veda is a 11th grade student at East Mecklenburg High School. While being fascinated by the wonders of Neuroscience, she is most intrigued in Neuroanatomy. In her spare time, she enjoys playing tennis, painting, and reading.

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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

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Sophie Cohen

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.

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Technology

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Jervis Fernandes

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"The Synapse" Podcast

  • The Podcast department is an international, student-led initiative to make different series under The Synapse Podcast.

  • Established series include: College Neuro Network, Every Kind of Mind, and Neuro Y Parle.

  • You can join an already established series or make your own! Roles in podcasts include: contacting people, hosting, editing, marketing, and transcript writing. 

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.

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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.

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Translation

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Janice Kim

Janice is a 12th year student at Roslyn High School. She is fascinated by Neurogenetics and Clinical Neuroscience (learning about various genetic diseases, how to treat and diagnose certain brain conditions). Janice would want nothing more than to see everyone who is interested in Neuroscience to have information accessible to the, no matter what. Her hobbies include watching sunsets and shows, volunteering, finding new places to eat, and spending time with family and friends.

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Undergraduate Research Fellowship (concluded)

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

Wellness Week (concluded)

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

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