Emily Saks

Emily graduated from Bryn Mawr College with degrees in Psychology and Biology. She currently works in public opinion research and hopes to attend graduate school in social psychology in the near future. In her free time she enjoys reading, gaming and traveling abroad.

Meredith Clark

Meredith has an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology and completed master’s-level work in Public Health and Legal Studies. She has worked in addiction and gerontology clinical and emergency medicine research for many years and currently works as a writer at an ed-tech company. She continues to be passionate about making bench science accessible to everyone, and in her downtime enjoys cycling and running.

Jenesis Gayden

Jenesis is a PhD student studying neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently researching the molecular mechanisms of opioid addiction. She is passionate about making science accessible to everyone and racial disparities in scientific research and healthcare. In her free time, she likes to spend time listening to music, reading Stephen King novels, and hanging out with her cat.

Donn Van Deren

Donn Van Deren is a postdoctoral researcher studying the role of the immune system of the brain in neuropsychiatric disorders, specifically chronic anxiety and trichotillomania, at the University of Utah School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Mario R. Capecchi (Nobel Laureate, 2007). He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Since he grew up in the military lifestyle, he is a scientist with military-derived core values. For example, he likes his house to be clean and tidy!

Hannah Scolaro

Hannah is an analytical chemist with a background in biochemistry. She is most interested in statistics, genetics, and biomedical technology. When Hannah is not in the lab, she enjoys celebrating charcuterie Sunday and listening to audiobooks.

Lidia Obregon

Lidia is an aspiring physician-author with a background in physiology and cognitive neuroscience. She completed her MSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Barcelona in Spain. She’s particularly interested in the interactions between the gut, hormones, brain, and behavior and how quality of life is affected when this axis goes awry.

Jordan Aposhian

Jordan graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a minor in English. His course work blended the sciences and humanities to help shape a holistic system for studying the universe. He works as a digital humanities technician for the university while preparing for graduate school. When not working, he enjoys listening to records, playing a game of chess, and practicing his boxing.

Emery Haley

Emery Haley is a nonbinary cell biologist with a passion for diversity in STEM. After earning a Bachelor's in neuroscience from the University of Alabama a Birmingham, they are currently a PhD student in Cell and Molecular Biology at Van Andel Institute Graduate School and are planning to pursue a career in science communication. Outside of the lab Emery enjoys hiking, yoga, and attending art festivals, or staying home with tea, a good book and their cats.

Olivia Hooks

Olivia recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. While in school, her research focused on the diagnostic potentials of using video camera analysis to measure muscle fatigue. She is pursuing a career as a physician and is interested in women's health, nutrition, and exercise physiology. In her free time, she enjoys playing competitive tennis, attending sporting events, and taking weekend vacations to explore new cities.

Maureen Moroney

Maureen is a research scientist at Iowa State University whose work includes analytical chemistry as well as educational programming and outreach. She received her BS in biology and is currently pursuing an MS in microbiology with a focus on vineyard yeast. She loves travel, sci-fi, philosophy, experimental baking, air hockey, people-watching, and writing poetry. She's still bummed she wasn't cast as a gender-bent Hal in a local production of Proof.