About Us

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 Balusu

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Sasha Tunsiricharoengul

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Aravind Krishnan

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Inchara Athreya

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Kaushik Patra

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Action Potential Advising Program (APAP)

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

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

Deena Khan

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Tista Bhattacharya

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Brain

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

Camryn Roundtree

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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

Sheima Bana

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Sarah Mirsaidi

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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.

Erin Vinson

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Pavan Cheruku

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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

Oviya Kalaivanan

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Campus Brain 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

Davina Premraj

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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

Vishnu Swarup Kadaba

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Inchara Athreya

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Ria Kamat

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Shriya Simha

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Raj Boparai

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Gurnoor Jande

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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

Raayan Dhar

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Engagement

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Ms. Sara Gordillo Sampedro

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Anika Bukkapatnam

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Krish Shah

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Human Resources

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Jeslyn Fernandes

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Dr. Caroline Johnson

Dr. Johnson is a postdoctoral researcher in the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine's Department of Neurobiology studying the neurocircuitry of female lordosis behavior and the role of estrogens and opioids in that behavior. She received her PhD 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 undergrad students at the University of Southern California.

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Mr. Richard Holman Matanta

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Humans of Neuroscience

  • Outreach and Research Sub-Project

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Niyati Patel

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Olivia Schmidt

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Dr. Edritz Javelosa

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Dr. Sanjib Guha

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Ms. Eva Gontrum

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Marketing

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Lina Chihoub

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Rishika Singhal

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Media/Video Content Creation

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Ayaan Qayyum

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Neuroscience and Society

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Aravind Krishnan

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Katherine Wei

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Mr. Rui Zhong

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Ms. Hajer Karoui

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Dr. Uma Naidoo

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Ms. Rosemary Wareham

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Outreach and Research

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

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Tima Al Shammaa

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Yug Yadava

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Presynaptic Project

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Divya Venkataraman

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Elizabeth Yang

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Public Relations

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Freeha Anjum

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Priyanka Gopalarathinam

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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

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Simply Neural Network

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Technology

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Jervis Fernandes

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"The Synapse" Podcast

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Coming Soon

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Translation

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Janice Kim

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Undergraduate Research Fellowship (concluded)

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Wellness Week (concluded)

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Writing

  • The Writing department is responsible for a myriad of pieces ranging from scholarly research articles to creative poetry publications. All of the work shared by our writers and guest contributors touches on neuroscience, psychology, and STEM and is published on our very own Blog!

Kaushik Patra

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Accessible Axon Initiative

  • Outreach and Research Sub-Project

  • APAP works to virtually connect high school and undergraduate neuroscience

Madeline Chiang

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Tarah Gilles

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Meet the Advisory Board

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Dr. Caroline Johnson

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Edritz Javelosa

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Dr. Sanjib Guha

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Rosemary Wareham

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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!