2021 Students

rachel_heuerRachael Heuer
University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
I am currently in the 6th year of my postdoc at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). Much of my research has broadly focused on the impacts of ocean acidification on marine fish and invertebrates. One of my goals is to better understand the mechanistic basis of behavioral disruptions observed in marine organisms following ocean acidification-relevant carbon dioxide exposures. I am particularly interested in gaining knowledge and skills I can take back to RSMAS to explore these mechanisms using the California sea hare (Aplysia californica). My hobbies include travel, spending time with friends and family, and diving.




mollymatty-professional-headshotMolly Matty
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
I am an 2nd year postdoc in Dr. Shrek Chalasani’s lab at the Salk Institute in San Diego, CA. My research interests are generally in how internal states (hunger, stress, microbes) affect animal behavior. My other interests include inclusive community building, active teaching, and supporting undergraduates in the pursuit of their goals. I enjoy trying to surf, going on long walks, and planning trips with my husband.






Cesar Medina
University of Arizona
¡Hola, Todos! My name is Cesar and I identify as Chicano (Mexican-American) and take pride in my Chicanx heritage. I am also a vocal advocate for promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity in STEAM. Currently, I am a 6th year PhD candidate at UArizona, where I work in the Miller Lab. We are developing a model of Parkinsonian vocal dysfunction. I am broadly interested in how early life stress affects neurodevelopment, learning, and mental health and hope to pursue a short-term postdoc studying the RNA biology at this intersection.





Dylan Miller
Dalhousie University
I am a 3rd year PhD student in Shelley Adamo’s lab at Dalhousie University. I’m interested in studying parasitic manipulation of behaviour, particularly with invertebrate hosts. Outside the lab I like to spend a lot of time piling adoration upon my lovely cat Shilo, playing D&D, and reading articles about something I know very little about, usually spiraling into an hours-long deep dive until I have no recollection of what subject I even started with. 





chad-headshotChad Morton
The Rockefeller University
Hi, my name is Chad Morton and I am a 3rd-year PhD candidate in the Ruta Lab at Rockefeller University where I explore the neural and behavioral algorithms of olfactory navigation in fruit flies. I was born and raised on the island if Saint Kitts and Nevis. I believe that diversity and inclusion is an essential component of scientific excellence thus I am a advocate for diversityand inclusion in the sciences. Outside of lab, I like to cook, gardening , bbq and trying out different burgers.






Emily Palmer
California Institute of Technology
Hi all! My name is Emily and I’m a third year PhD student at Caltech in Michael Dickinson’s lab. I’m studying the neural mechanisms underlying steady state flight control in fruit flies. It’s a great fit for me since my undergraduate degree was in mechanical engineering and I definitely make use of my math and fluids background, but I’m still new to the neuroscience side of things!

I’m from New Hampshire and I’m very excited to be back in New England this summer. Most of my free time is spent at the dog park with my puppies, Margot and Charlie. They’re staying with a friend of mine while I’m in Woods Hole, but may come to visit on our days off if we’re all lucky. My other interests include baking (very proud of my challah) and playing D&D.





Annie Park
University of Oxford
I am a 2nd year postdoctoral fellow in Scott Waddell’s lab at Oxford. In our lab we use fruit flies to determine how memories are encoded. My specific research interests include studying motivation and sexual reward. 

I’m a first gen. Korean American who enjoys kayaking, hiking, yoga, and cooking. 





Kyra Schapiro
University of Pennsylvania
I am a 6th year grad student in Josh Gold’s lab at UPenn.  My thesis work involves the neural/mental representation of abstract/calculated values in working memory, but my research interests are how neurons execute computations. To this end I’d really love to investigate the hypothesis that the patterning of seashells (which I love to collect outside lab) is directed by a neural network akin to that proposed to store working memory information.  I’m looking to get a better grasp of how neurons interact to perform the various behaviors that make life diverse and beautiful, and hopefully how to tinker with these processes to prove mechanism.  Outside of lab, other than collecting shells, I am a avid crafter; I make quilts, I knit/crochet, woodwork, and make sculptures out of the shells I collect.  I also enjoy reading fantasy, watching story-driven cartoons, and snuggling with my cats.



img_5054Senmiao Sun
Harvard Medical School
I am an 3rd year student Michael Greenberg’s lab. My research interests are molecular neuroscience. My other interests, hobbies, things I do outside the lab include whitewater rafting, skiing, board games and cooking





catherine_ubriCatherine Ubri
University of Pennsylvania
Hi everyone! My name is Catherine Ubri, and I’m a 3rd year neuroscience PhD student studying traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in Akiva Cohen’s lab. I’m specifically interested in understanding fear extinction and corresponding frontolimbic circuitry function following a mild, or concussive, TBI, with the goal of identifying the pathological mechanism that underlies enhanced threat responsivity and associated psychiatric disorders in TBI survivors. Outside of lab, I enjoy spending time with my pets (my cat Princess and dog Jaeger), trying to keep my plants alive, and staying active through hiking/walking/trying new things!




priscilla_yevoo_webPriscilla Yevoo
Stony Brook University
I am a 3rd year PhD candidate in the Maffei Lab at Stonybrook University. I am interested in research focusing on how biological and environmental experiences disrupt neuronal networks and how to restore these networks. Outside of the laboratory, I enjoy hiking, reading novels and going to the beach.