Authors

Sarah Reitz
Co-Founder/Writer

Sarah is a Neuroscience PhD student at Penn in the lab of Dr. Max Kelz, where she studies how anesthetics act in the brain to produce unconsciousness. Outside of lab, she enjoys trying new restaurants in Philly, finding  breweries to tour, and bothering her two cats.

Nitsan Goldstein
Editor/Writer

Nitsan is a fourth-year student Neuroscience graduate student in Nick Betley’s lab studying the way the brain regulates basic survival behaviors like food-seeking. When not in lab, Nitsan enjoys playing any sport with a ball and watching documentaries on Netflix.

Greer Prettyman
Editor/Writer

Greer is a fourth year Neuroscience PhD student at Penn. She works in Dr. Daniel Wolf’s lab, where she uses fMRI to investigate motivation and psychosis risk. Greer can also be found reading novels, taking barre classes, and cuddling with foster kittens.

Claudia Lopez-Lloreda
Writer

Claudia is a Neuroscience PhD student in the lab of Dr. Kelly Jordan-Sciutto. She studies how HIV infection can activate processes that injure the central nervous system. Apart from doing science, she is usually playing soccer, going to concerts, and traveling.

Rebecca Somach
Writer

Rebecca is an NGG student who studies how brain circuits are changed after concussions. Aside from functional neuroscience, she also loves fantasy, stories, music and games of all kinds.

Sara Taylor
Writer

Sara is a Neuroscience PhD student in Ted Brodkin’s lab at UPenn. She studies autism-related behaviors as part of the Autism Spectrum Program of Excellence research team. When not in lab, she enjoys reading just about anything, kickboxing, and listening to podcasts.

Catrina Hacker
Writer

Catrina is a Neuroscience PhD student in Dr. Nicole Rust’s lab at UPenn. She studies how we remember what we see by working with brains and models. When she’s not in the lab she enjoys reading, playing the piano, and playing games with friends. 

Lisa Wooldridge
Writer

Lisa is an NGG student in Dr. Greg Corder’s lab. She studies how chronic opioid exposure changes how brain circuits communicate. When not in lab, Lisa can be found singing classical music, listening to podcasts, and cooking while singing or listening to podcasts.

Vanessa B. Sanchez
Writer

Vanessa is a Neuroscience PhD student in the lab of Dr. Naiara Akizu studying the roles of specific genes in childhood neurodegenerative disorders like cerebellar ataxias. When not in the lab, Vanessa loves to explore the city and nature, go to concerts and do yoga.

Lindsay Ejoh
Writer

Lindsay Ejoh graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Neuroscience in 2020, where she conducted a variety of research projects including the relationship between musical ability and second-language learning, protein aggregate formation in ALS, and disorders of the gut’s nervous system. Her primary research interests include pain neurobiology, and the gut-brain axis. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys singing, playing guitar and piano, and reading.

Marissa Maroni
Writer

Marissa is a Neuroscience PhD student in Erica Korb’s lab at Penn. She studies how epigenetic modifications in the brain impact neuronal function and how dysregulation of these modifications can lead to disease. Outside of the lab, she enjoys traveling, walking with her dog Linus, and caring for her plants.

Alumni

Carolyn Keating – Co-founder/Writer
Katerina Placek – Writer
Barbara Terzic – Writer

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