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MEET THE BOARD
2022 Executive Board
Hiba is a senior in the College majoring in Neuroscience, with minors in Chemistry, Healthcare Management, and Fine Arts. She is very excited to continue serving as Co-President during her final year, and will be spending time managing the Research and Journal Committees while running the Consulting Committee. Outside of PNS, she is currently applying to medical school, and spends her free time researching neuroregeneration in the Chen Lab in the Neurosurgery Department. She also loves to work on art pieces, rewatch the same two shows on Netflix (Death Note and You), and spend time with her friends. Reach out with any questions!
Ronit is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Neuroscience and minoring in Healthcare Management and Chemistry. He is very excited to take on the role of Co-President for this academic year to help continue to work on and develop new initiatives for the organization. He is from Paramus, NJ and first joined PNS through its Research Committee his freshman year. On campus, Ronit is also involved in Penn One for the World and conducts research in the Cullen Lab, which specializes in Neurosurgery and Neurotrauma. His work primarily focuses on tissue engineered neural networks to be used as a model of Parkinson’s Disease. In his free time, he loves to visit art museums, play tennis, and hang out with his friends. If you have any questions about PNS or being a Neuroscience major at Penn, let him know!
Kevin is a junior from the Bay Area majoring in neuroscience on the pre-med track. He is excited to take the mantle as Co-President and bring the organization to more eyes on campus. Kevin’s other involvements include doing axonal regeneration research in the Song Lab, editing for The Daily Pennsylvanian, and volunteering with the United Community Clinic. During his free time, he enjoys listening to podcasts, watching Warriors games, and working out. Reach out to him if you have any questions about PNS!
2022 General Board
Amy is a junior 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. Outside of PNS, she volunteers at the VA Center, runs the Brain Exercise Initiative at Penn, and more! 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!
Stephanie is a junior in the College studying Neuroscience on the pre-med track, with a minor in Healthcare 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 like ALS. She is excited to serve her third year on PNS’ board as the Vice President of Internal Events. Outside of PNS, she volunteers at Penn Presbyterian, writes for DP News, and is the competitive team advisor for Penn Ping Pong! She also loves to watch K-dramas and C-dramas, and has probably gone through most of the ones on Netflix. Feel free to reach out for any reason, even if it’s to give K/C-drama recs!
Larissa is a senior from New Hope, Pennsylvania studying Neuroscience on a pre-med track, with minors in Chemistry and Health Care Management. She is excited to continue to serve as the Vice President of External Events as well as help with the Consulting Committee. Larissa is currently a clinical research assistant at CHOP, where she is working on a project within the department of epilepsy. Outside of PNS, Larissa is a tour guide for Kite and Key, is a part of the Wharton Undergraduate Health Care Club’s Member Engagement Committee, works as a TA, 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. Larissa will be applying to medical school in the spring!
Isabella is a sophomore from Berkeley Heights, NJ in the College with an intended major of Neuroscience and minor in Chemistry on the premed track. She is an undergraduate researcher in the Chung lab studying the neural and molecular mechanisms underlying sleep disturbances in autism spectrum disorder. Isabella is also involved with alpha Kappa Delta Phi, APALI, APAHW, and is a tutor at the Weingarten Center. Outside of school, she likes reading trashy YA novels, creative writing, listening to k/cpop/edm, watching MCU/horror movies, playing volleyball, and traveling.
Maya is a junior from Los Angeles, California 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 Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club (WUHC), Penn Pre-Medical Association, and Women’s Soccer. This year, Maya will be serving as the Vice President of Journal Committee and Secretary of PNS for the second year. 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!
Susan is a sophomore from Boston majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-med track. After being in the Journal Committee last year, she is excited to join the board this year and serve as VP of Finance. Outside of PNS, she is involved in research and volunteering organizations such as Educational Pipeline and West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. When she is not studying at biotech, volunteering, or sending emails here and there for PNS, you can find her dancing or singing by herself in one of the studios around campus!
Emily Ng is a sophomore in the College from Brooklyn, NY. She plans to major in Neuroscience and minor in Health Services Management on the pre-medical track. Outside of PNS, Emily is involved in the Heller Lab at Smilow, where she studies epigenetic changes resulting from cocaine addiction and abstinence. She also edits and writes for SYNAPSE and for PennScience. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends, writing poetry, and trying new restaurants (currently trying her best to join the Yelp Elite Squad). Emily is excited to serve as the Journal Editor—feel free to reach out with any questions about the PNS Journal!
Savanna is a sophomore from Johannesburg, South Africa majoring in Neuroscience. She is eager to get started as the Vice President of Marketing for PNS and boost the club’s popularity on campus. Savanna is also involved as the Marketing Chair in the Dean’s Advisory Board, as a photographer for the Daily Pennsylvanian, and as a member of the Women’s Network, the Southern African Student’s Association, and the Assembly of International Students. Some of her hobbies include baking, cooking, painting, reading, and traveling.
Nick is a Junior from West Chester, Pennsylvania majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Architecture. He is thrilled to continue on as VP of Internal Events for PNS for the second straight year. Outside of PNS, he does neuroscience research on campus in the Alhadeff Lab, volunteers at the VA medical center, is a peer advisor, and hopes to try out for the club baseball team this semester. He’ll probably be the biggest Philly sports fan you meet, and loves running, playing basketball, working out, listening to country music, and exploring the city with friends.
Jan is a third-year student from Poland majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Psychology and Chemistry. His main areas of interest include, but are not limited to, neurodevelopmental disorders, epilepsy, psychiatric disorders, and sleep neuroscience. In the past, he was involved in research on the bidirectionality of sleep and externalizing behavior as well as neural circuits involved in REM sleep and ways in which mechanisms controlling wakefulness differ in health and disease. Currently, he works at the Helbig Lab and the Epilepsy Neurogenetics Clinic at CHOP where he researches the genetic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders. He is very excited to be a VP of External Events at PNS!
Aaron is a junior in the College studying neuroscience with a minor in Healthcare Management and Chemistry on the pre-med track. Aaron has been a part of PNS since his freshman year and he is excited to serve third year as Vice President of Research Committee. As one of the founders of the Research Expo, he is excited to expand the boundaries of PNS and RC and integrate with the larger academic community at Penn. Aaron also does research at Penn Presbyterian Hospital in the Traumatic Brain Injury Lab. He also loves to watch movies, workout, play soccer and basketball, and try new restaurants in Philly.
Avi is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-medical track. He conducts research focused on how imbalances within the integrated stress response pathway play a role in the onset of multiple neurodegenerative diseases. In PNS, Avi serves as the Journal Committee chair and co-secretary alongside Maya. Outside of the org, he takes photos for the Daily Pennsylvanian, does graphic design for the PennScience magazine, and volunteers at Penn Presby. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, going on runs, playing soccer, and reading.
Lina is a sophomore from Lawrenceville, NJ studying Neuroscience with a minor in Computer Science. After spending her freshman year in PNS on the Journal Committee, she’s excited to serve as Graphic Design Director this year. Outside of PNS, Lina is a research assistant in the Boundaries of Anxiety/Depression lab and the Beauchamp lab. She’s also a volunteer with the United Community Clinic and Crisis Text Line, a peer advisor, and writes for Fenjan and the Daily Pennsylvanian. In her free time, Lina enjoys digital art, fiction writing, and reading anything YA.
Eric is a sophomore from Boyertown, Pennsylvania studying Neuroscience on the pre-health track, minoring in healthcare management. He takes interest in the intersection between neuroscience and engineering and its implications for breakthrough therapeutics and technologies. Currently, Eric is conducting research at the Cullen laboratory, where he is working to develop a biological muscle implant that seeks to auto-innervate with the host nervous system after a volumetric loss of tissue has occurred following injury or disease. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, staying active, listening/playing music, and getting outdoors!