Our writers are graduate students and postdocs in the neurosciences at Harvard.

Grigori Guitchounts - I am studying visual object recognition in David Cox's lab. Even more than long walks on the beach, I enjoy playing piano.

Mona Han - I am a second year PhD candidate from the Harvard PhD Program in Neuroscience. I'm working on my thesis in Dr. Kerry Ressler's neurobiology of fear laboratory at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts. I'm interested in everything related to psychiatry.

Sivapratha Nagappan - I am a PhD candidate in the Umemori Lab. I am interested in understanding how sensory experience and neuronal activity sculpt connections in the brain as we develop. Outside of science, I love hiking and trivia.

Jasmine Reggiani - I am a first year PhD candidate interested in sensory neuroscience and neuromodulation. I'm excited about mountains and modern art as much as about science.

Stephen Zhang - I am a PhD candidate in Dragana Rogulja's lab. I study how motivational states (e.g. hunger, thirst, etc) are represented in the brain to influence behavior. I am consumer and enthusiast of general science.


Shay Neufeld - I'm a PhD candidate in Bernardo Sabatini's lab. Armed with microscopes, lasers, electrodes, and mouse brains I study how specific circuits of neurons enable us to learn new behaviors that can be refined, remembered, and sometimes forgotten.

Vivian Hemmelder - I am a second year PhD student in the labs of Naoshige Uchida and Sam Gershman, studying decision making and time perception in mice and humans. I also sing and paint, and of course cycle a lot since I'm Dutch!

Nick Jikomes - As a PhD candidate at Harvard Medical School, I use a combination of optogenetics and behavioral analysis to study neural circuits in the hypothalamus that control motivated behavior in mice.

Kathryn Lehigh - I study NGF's role in synapse development in the sympathetic nervous system in David Ginty's lab. In addition to research I've spent much of grad school life pursuing interests in teaching and science outreach.