Class of 2017


Lauren Blackburn

I am a physics major from Orange County, CA. In addition to physics, I am also pursuing a minor in Business Studies through Stern. Since last April, I have been working in Professor David Grier's research group in the Center for Soft Matter Research at NYU. I am currently working with a fellow undergraduate in building a long-range tractor beam. In the future, I hope to combine my love of physics and business to work as a Physics Manager. In my free time, I like to dance, read, and explore New York City.

Brittany Cho

I am a junior at NYU from Central Florida, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Web Programming in CAS. My research interests include autism spectrum disorders (ASD), speech development, social cognition, and memory. My past experiences include tutoring typically developing and ASD-diagnosed children in both math and reading at Kumon and volunteering in children education programs at the Brevard Zoo. I hope to someday get my Ph.D in psychology and work as a clinical psychologist.


Andrea Cumpelik

I’m a neuroscience major from Queens and the Czech Republic. I’ve been working as a research assistant at the Buzsaki Lab since the summer after my freshman year. My project focuses on how two brain regions, the hippocampus and the nucleus accumbens, interact while an animal is conditioned to prefer a specific location. This understanding may help us understand a certain aspect of addiction, as well as how the brain encodes reward associated with a specific context (like when you come to the kitchen and start craving a snack). After graduation, I plan to take a gap year and then continue on to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. I’m also president of the Society for Undergraduate Neural Science (SUNS). In my free time, I like teaching/doing yoga, swing dancing, and going to concerts and festivals.


Lana Del Vecchio

Hello! I'm Lana, an anthropology major and a prospective medical student. My research interests are grounded in using an anthropological perspective to medicine, both as a scientific discipline and a social system. I am currently based out of the department of neurosurgery at Mt. Sinai West, investigating potential causes and solutions for the gender gap in the US neurosurgical workforce. My second research project stems from my love for distance running, and is focused on the biomechanics of barefoot running. In my free time, if I'm not running, I'm usually eating, and sometimes I do both at the same time!


Caren Doueiry

I am a senior from Lebanon, majoring in Biology, and minoring in Chemistry and Public Health. I have been working in the Desplan lab at NYU, and my senior thesis project revolves around understanding the regulation of cell death in the Drosophila brain and the consequences of hindering that regulation. In my free time, I love to travel, write, play the piano, and explore the city. I am on the premed track, and I will be attending medical school next year.


Juliana Gabbay

I am a biology major from Hershey, PA on the pre-med track. I am currently working on my senior thesis in the Desplan lab, studying the photoreceptor neurons of Drosophila and the cell-adhesion molecules that are associated with them. I also work as a peer tutor at the University Learning Center. Outside of school, I love to try out new restaurants, explore the city, and travel whenever I can.


Neva Little

I am a Chemistry major with a minor in mathematics. I am currently an undergraduate research assistant in the Arora Group Lab for Protein Recognition and Synthesis. There I help study the stabilization and optimization of coiled coil mimetics. I am also a Presidential Honors Scholar and a peer tutor at the University Learning Center. Through the ULC I am a learning assistant in the Majors Organic Chemistry course. In my spare time I like going to movies and doing pilates.


Nina Maryn

I am a Biology major from Washington, DC. I've worked as a research assistant in two labs at Langone Medical Center studying M.S. progression and Alzheimer's, and this year I am working on my Independent Study in Professor Ercan's Lab studying dosage compensation in C. elegans. I'm also a Presidential Honors Scholar, member of the "Goethes Tisch" German language club and Biological Society, and I work as a peer tutor at the Writing Center. I plan on pursuing a PhD after graduation to teach at a university or work in industry. In my spare time I like reading non-fiction, binge-watching HBO series and watercolor painting.


April Mueller

I am a Biochemistry major from Detroit, Michigan, working as a research assistant at NYU Langone Medical Center with Dr. Marcus Noyes focusing on the development of a tool that allows us to understand the complete functional DNA binding capacity of zinc finger based transcription factors. Specifically, I am building a library of binding interactions depending on geometrical changes in zinc finger pairs. When I am not studying, my hobbies include digital and traditional illustration, reading, and watching my favorite TV show, The Office!


Sinclaire O'Grady

I am a Psychology major from San Francisco, CA. In addition, I am also minoring in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies and French. I am a psychology honors student working with Professor Karen Adolph studying perceptual-motor development in infants. My honors thesis investigates the design of infants’ surrounding environments influences their locomotor exploration and opportunities for learning. I am also currently a research assistant in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital. I am interested in perinatal psychology and the design of early interventions to prevent the intergenerational transmission of mental illness. I aspire to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology and delve further into the field of perinatal psychology as both a clinician and researcher. In my spare time, I like reading, watching documentaries, rock-climbing, skiing, and exploring the city.


Emma K Schumann

I am a Neural Science and Psychology major from Chicago. I’m a research assistant in a lab at NYU Langone Medical Center working on the development of a novel therapeutic approach for Alzheimer’s Disease. I hope to pursue a PhD in Neural Science after graduation. When I’m not locked in the library, I like painting, going to see live music, and long-distance running.