OUR MISSION

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, regional, national, and international levels. 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

Chinmayi B.

Chinmayi B.

Sasha T.

Sasha T.

Aravind K.

Aravind K.

Inchara A. (Vice President of Board of Directors; Co-Director of Events)

Inchara A. (Vice President of Board of Directors; Co-Director of Events)

Sheima B.

Sheima B.

Jed Quiaoit

Jed Quiaoit

Tista Bhattacharya

Tista Bhattacharya

Veda Sanghi

Veda Sanghi

Sarah Mirsaidi

Sarah Mirsaidi

Erin Vinson

Erin Vinson

Nishka Khimasia

Nishka Khimasia

Siddhi Kabadi

Siddhi Kabadi

Raj Boparai

Raj Boparai

Raayan Dhar

Raayan Dhar

Tvesha Shah

Tvesha Shah

Chuyi Zhang

Chuyi Zhang

Ishika Kohli

Ishika Kohli

Katherine Wei

Katherine Wei

Rishika Singhal

Rishika Singhal

Sophie Xie

Sophie Xie

Lina Chihoub

Lina Chihoub

Paige Williams

Paige Williams

Olivia Schmidt

Olivia Schmidt

Yug Yadava

Yug Yadava

Lori Saxena

Lori Saxena

Gurleen Badwal

Gurleen Badwal

Divya Venkataraman

Divya Venkataraman

Elizabeth Yang

Elizabeth Yang

Daewon Kwon

Daewon Kwon

Freeha Anjum

Freeha Anjum

Aung Khant Min

Aung Khant Min

Bhakti Vasani

Bhakti Vasani

Ayaan Qayyum

Ayaan Qayyum

Kaushik Patra

Kaushik Patra

Deena Khan

Deena Khan

Niyati Patel

Niyati Patel

Brain
Contract

Action Potential Advising Program (APAP)

  • 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

  • Points of contact: Tista Bhattacharya and Deena Khan

Advice Email 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

  • Point of contact: Veda Sanghi

Awareness Content Creation

  • 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

  • Points of Contact: Sarah Mirsaidi and Sheima Bana

Brain Resource Creation

  • The Brain Resource Department’s goal is to create educational content to help middle, high school, and college students learn about the brain. This includes creating vocabulary lists, presentations, and note sheets such as our current project, which is a guide to neurological conditions. 

  • Points of contact: Jed Quiaoit, Erin Vinson, Pavan Cheruku

Computational/Systems Neuroscience

  • Brain Resource Creation Sub-Project

  • 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

Campus Ambassador Network

  • 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

  • Points of contact: Davina Premraj and Nishka Khimasia

Events

  • 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

  • Points of contact: Inchara Athreya and Siddhi Kabadi

Editing

  • 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

  • Point of contact: Raayan Dhar

Engagement

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Human Resources

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Neuroscience and Society

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Marketing

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Outreach and Research

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Accessible Axon Initiative

  • Outreach and Research Sub-Project

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Humans of Neuroscience

  • Outreach and Research Sub-Project

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Presynaptic Project

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Research Resources Project

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Wellness Week (concluded)

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Guide to Research (concluded)

  • Outreach and Research Sub-Project

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Public Relations

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Simply Neural Network

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Technology

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

"The Synapse" Podcast

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Translation

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Media/Video Content Creation

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Writing

  • The Writing Department is responsible for writing in various different styles ranging from research papers to poetry. All the work done by writers focus on topics of neuroscience, psychology and STEM and are published through Medium!

Undergraduate Research Fellowship (concluded)

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

MEET THE ADVISORY BOARD

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.

Dr. Caroline Johnson

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Sara Gordillo Sampedro

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Rui Zhong

Richard Holman Matanta

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Dr. Edritz Javelosa

Bio coming soon!

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. 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.

MEET THE SN ALUMNI ADVISORS

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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.

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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!

CONTACT US

Thank you for your interest!

Please submit inquiries through this form or by email to 

info@simplyneuroscience.org.