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or send a message to PennNeuroscienceSociety@gmail.com
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MEET THE BOARD
2021 Executive Board
Hiba is a junior from Royersford, Pennsylvania studying Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry, Healthcare Management, and Fine Arts. Her introduction to PNS was during her freshman fall where she joined the Research Committee, and continued throughout her time at Penn, with her being the Vice President of Research during freshman spring and sophomore fall, and then a Co-President. She will be running Journal Committee this semester! Outside of PNS, she works on brain transplant research in the Chen Lab, tutors Organic Chemistry and Neuroscience, and volunteers at CHOP. In her free time she enjoys painting, watching the same three Netflix shows over and over again, and making random Spotify playlists. Reach out to her with any questions about Neuroscience Society!
Alejandra Bahena is a third-year pre-medical student in the College, pursuing a major in biochemistry and a minor in French. Alejandra is the President and Founder of the National Pre-Health Conference, works at the Penn Digital Neuropathology Lab, and enjoys volunteering at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and serving the Philadelphia community. Alejandra has been a member of PNS and its research committee since Spring 2019 and is excited to be the the Co-President this year. If you have any questions about being pre-med or pre-health, getting involved in research at Penn, or anything that comes to your mind, feel free to send her an email!
Jillian is a senior from Haverhill, Massachusetts studying Neuroscience on a pre-medical track in the College. In Fall 2020, she transferred to Penn from Boston University, where she worked in an autism research lab studying development in young children using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Prior to coming to Penn, she additionally worked on BU's DIAGNOSE CTE Project examining former NFL players to try and find methods of diagnosing CTE during life. Outside of PNS, she is involved in Penn Rotaract and Penn Band, and in her rare free time, she enjoys fencing at her local fencing club or going on long hikes with her dog!
2021 General Board
Amy is a sophomore in the Life Sciences and Management Program, pursuing a BA in Neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences and a BS in Economics in the Wharton School. She is interested in studying the neuroscience of neurodegenerative disease and the neuroscience behind behavior. Outside of PNS, she writes for Synapse and is an Elected Member on the Undergraduate Assembly. In her free time, Amy enjoys reading, watching Jeopardy!, and spending time with her friends and family. Amy is excited to serve as one of the Vice Presidents of Marketing this year and spread the word about PNS, connecting this amazing organization to the broader Penn community. Feel free to reach out for any reason!
Ronit is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Health Services Management. He is from Paramus, New Jersey and first joined Penn Neuroscience Society through its Research Committee during the start of his freshman year. He is also involved with Penn One For the World and KDSAP. He also conducts research in the Cullen Lab, which focuses on Neurosurgery and Neurotrauma. His work is primarily focused on Parkinson’s Disease. He also loves art, so if you want to go to a museum, feel free to send him a message!
Stephanie is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning to major in Neuroscience and minor in Health Care Management. Her love for mental math was what sparked her curiosities about the brain. She has been an active participant of the neuro community since high school and involved in research related to traumatic brain injuries and neurological disorders. Outside of PNS, Stephanie writes for DP News and is interested in using her table tennis and piano skills to help the community! As the Internal Events Co-Chair, Stephanie is extremely excited to help plan fun, interactive activities for PNS members this semester. Feel free to reach out with any questions!
Larissa is a third-year from New Hope, Pennsylvania studying Neuroscience on a pre-med track, with minors in Chemistry and Health Care Management. She does research on neurodegenerative diseases at Penn’s Linguistic Data Consortium and will become a clinical research assistant at CHOP, as well as starting a project within their department of epilepsy. Outside of PNS, Larissa is a tour guide for Kite and Key, is apart of the Wharton Undergraduate Health Care Club’s Member Engagement Committee, and is involved with the Penn Women’s Biomedical Society. In her free time, Larissa enjoys playing tennis, running, and going out into Philadelphia with friends.
Ali is a senior in the College pursuing a neuroscience major and minors in math and chemistry. He is interested in the study of neurological disorders at large, and especially drug abuse-induced neurological disorders in adolescents. Along interdisciplinary lines, he is interested in the neurology of consciousness-altering substances and their intersection with philosophy. Outside of PNS, he is primarily involved with the Philomathean Literary Society and Fenjan.
Maya is a sophomore from Los Angeles, CA studying neuroscience and health care management on the pre-medical track. She is a research assistant at the USC Laboratory of Neuroimaging and Informatics, where she is studying traumatic brain injury using machine learning technology. At Penn, she is also involved in the Penn Pre-Medical Association, Women’s Soccer, and so much more. This year, Maya will be serving as the co-secretary of PNS, helping to coordinate and create fun events for the greater Penn community. Outside of academics, Maya loves high-altitude climbing and traveling, having visited over forty different countries. She is also an avid Arsenal and Eagles fan—Go Birds!
Kevin is a sophomore in the college majoring in neuroscience on the pre-medical track. He is really interested in all things neuro, in particular neurodegenerative diseases and the myriad of molecular pathways and mechanisms that contribute to their onset. This semester he is getting involved in research at Penn, particularly in the area of axonal regeneration and its link to neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS and multiple sclerosis. Back home, Kevin is involved in a Bay Area based nonprofit called HEARTS that supports the educational welfare of students abroad, and looks forward to continuing his service journey during his time at Penn. A member of PNS’s research committee last semester, Kevin is now looking forward to working with the other members of the board as Co-Chair of Marketing to bolster this community of neuro scholars!
Nick is a sophomore from West Chester, PA, and is studying neuroscience in the College. He also has interests in biology, engineering, chemistry, and architecture. He was a member of PNS and its Research Committee in 2020, and is interested in doing neuroscience research during his time at Penn. Other clubs he’s involved in include the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, SPEC Connaissance, and hopefully Penn Club XCTF once sports are allowed back on campus. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing and watching sports, and spending time outside with his friends!
Jan is a second-year student from Poland majoring in Neuroscience with minor in Psychology. His main areas of interest include, but are not limited to, psychiatric disorders, sleep, and cognitive neuroscience. In the past, he was involved in neuropsychological projects focusing on how cognitive biases impact everyday decision-making and attitudes towards other people. Jan has been also involved in research on the bidirectionality of sleep and externalizing behavior. Currently, he works at Weber Lab being a part of the Penn’s Chronobiology and Sleep Institute. Jan’s research there focuses on neural circuits involved in REM sleep and ways in which mechanisms controlling wakefulness differ in health and disease. He is very excited to be a VP of External Events at PNS!
Aaron Anandarajah is a sophomore in the College planning to major in neuroscience with a possible major in international relations. He’s interested in learning about the intersection of medicine and public policy. Aaron is also involved in MedLife, WUHC, and the Penn South Asian Society. Aaron also loves to play soccer and basketball.
Avi is a sophomore from Toledo, OH majoring in Neuroscience and possibly minoring in Chemistry. He works in Dr. Jordan-Sciutto’s lab studying the relationship between RNA-binding proteins and excitotoxicity in the brain. Outside of PNS, Avi is also involved with TableTalk as a TableTalk X chair, serves as a photographer for the DP, and is an editor for PennScience. Back in Toledo, Avi is involved with a local public health non-profit known as Universal Health Aid Toledo that promotes health education and preventative medicine. In addition, he loves to play tennis, bike, and hang out with friends! Avi is excited to serve as the PNS co-Secretary!
Amara is a senior in the college majoring in neuroscience with a minor in healthcare management and chemistry. She is interested in the intersections between neuroscience, medicine, and social determinants. Outside of PNS she is the VP of Penn Circle K International, one of the coordinators for the United Community Clinic (UCC) and is the design manager for PennScience. In her free time she enjoys cooking, finding new shows on Netflix and hanging out with friends. Feel free to reach out with any questions!