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  • Lauren Mackenzie Reynolds


    McGill University

    I’m a PhD candidate at McGill University in Montréal. I study how the brain is developing during adolescence and how environmental factors, such as exposure to drugs of abuse, can impact that development. Outside of the lab you can find me at the weekly trivia night I run, or curling (!!) in the winter.

  • Yewande Pearse


    LA Biomed

    Born and bred in North London, I am now a Research Fellow based at LA Biomed, in affiliation with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I completed my PhD in Neuroscience at the Institute of Psychiatry in 2016, which focused on the potential use of gene therapy for the treatment of Batten disease, a fatal neurological paediatric disease. I am now working on stem cell gene therapy using CRISPR-Cas9 to treat Sanfilippo Syndrome. Before completing my PhD, I worked in the areas of Stroke and Huntington's disease research and have also worked in a care capacity, with people living with Autism, suicidal ideation, dementia and HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder.

  • Benjamin Bell


    Johns Hopkins University

    I study sleep in mammals. I tend to ask the "journalism" questions of sleep as a behavior, "who, what, where, when, and why?" Evolutionarily, sleep has always seemed like an odd-ball to me, and while we are no closer to answering the "why" component, my research has started to hone in on the "who" and "when" factors, which can both provide important insight to this activity engaged in which we spend a full third of our lives.

  • Matthew Scult


    Duke University

    I'm a PhD student at Duke University, and I study what is going on in people's brains when they have depression or anxiety. I also study if there are clues in the brain about whether someone is likely to become depressed or anxious in the future. I hope to use this information to help improve our current mental health treatments and develop new treatments too.

  • Prabarna Ganguly


    Northeastern University

    We know that a mother-child relationship is perhaps the most important bond any human being ever experiences. It is one filled with nurture, care, and attention. However, since time immemorial, such caregiving has been taken away from thousands of children, be it in the name of war or politics. Many children end up in institutionalized care, such as orphanages, and never find loving foster homes. A large number of them suffer from depression, PTSD, and substance abuse disorders.

    In a personal quest, I am trying to understand how separating children from their mothers can derail a child’s behavioral and neurological development. I am curious to know- what happens to the way neurons communicate with each other? Where in the brain do these changes occur? What are the behavioral outcomes? Can we affect the brain in non-invasive ways to make such adverse life events less devastating? Using various biological and psychological research tools, I hope we can answer some of these questions, in small, but perhaps valuable, ways.