Meet the Authors

Sarah Reitz
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.
Carolyn Keating
Carolyn is Penn Neuroscience PhD student in Kacy Cullen’s lab, where she studies traumatic brain injury. When she’s not stuck in the microscope room, Carolyn enjoys biking to breweries and daydreaming about her future dog.
Nitsan Goldstein
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.
Katerina Placek
Katerina Placek is a Penn Neuroscience PhD student working with Dr. Corey McMillan and Dr. Murray Grossman in the Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center. Her research investigates the emergence of frontotemporal degeneration in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. In addition to neuroscience research, Katerina spends quality time with her Jack Russell Terrier, Zoey, co-leads R-Ladies Philly, and runs on the Schuylkill River Trail.
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Greer Prettyman
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.
Barbara Terzic
Barbara is a Penn Neuroscience PhD student in Zhaolan Zhou’s lab where she studies the role of specific genes in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and epilepsy. In her free time she enjoys running, reading low-level fantasy fiction, and baking cakes.
Claudia Lopez-Lloreda
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.
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Rebecca Somach
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.

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