Peri performed her postdoctoral work at Stanford University in the lab of Kang Shen. She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard University, under the mentorship of Thomas Schwarz, studying synaptogenesis in Drosophila. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Brown University. Outside of lab Peri enjoys skiing and hiking with her husband and two kids.



Elisa is an IRACDA/K12 postdoctoral scholar. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry in the laboratory of Jon Audhya at UW-Madison, studying ESCRT protein regulation in C. elegans. Prior to graduate school, Elisa obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. In her free time, Elisa enjoys tennis, skiing, and card games.



Parise earned her Master’s in Environmental Toxicology from Texas Southern University under the direction of Fawzia Abdel-Rahman in collaboration with Saleh Mahmoud. She used C. elegans as a model for the lipid profile as an early biomarker of stress following exposure to an environmental pollutant. She earned her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Technology from University of Maryland-College Park. She enjoys taking an excessive amount of photos and videos of nature (like scenic views and bees), the mundane (like personalized license plates), and almost anything else that is photographable, cooking for family and friends, visiting libraries, and hiking.




Araven obtained his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Physics at Colgate University. Outside of the lab, Araven likes experimenting with new cooking styles, exploring new york city, reading and learning new languages.



Marcos earned his PhD in Neurobiology in the laboratories of Martin Lévesque and Armen Saghatelyan at CERVO Brain Research Centre / Université Laval, Canada, studying the role of Autophagy in Axon Guidance using mice models. He obtained his MSc degree in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience in a joined work between Coimbra University in Portugal and Janssen Pharmaceutica in Belgium. Prior to his Master’s, Marcos completed a specialization in Molecular Genetics at Minho University in Portugal and his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in Brazil at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Out of the lab, Marcos enjoys playing the guitar, cooking and travelling with his wife and cats.



Jada was born in Italy and raised in Virginia before moving to Georgia where she attended undergrad. Jada earned her Bachelors in cellular biology from the University of Georgia. She used planarians as a model for understanding regeneration and how it occurs in the nervous system. For her Ph.D. she is currently working to understand the roles of cell adhesion molecules in synapse formation. Outside of lab, she enjoys writing poetry, spending time with family and friends, and watching movies.



Bhaskar is a senior at the Bronx High School of Science. In the Kurshan lab, he is investigating mutations in C. elegans similar to the neurexin gene, which is associated with disorders such as Schizophrenia and Autism. His research has been submitted to prestigious competitions such as the Regeneron Science Talent Search and presented at numerous conferences. At Bronx Science, he is an award winning competitor and Build Director for the Science Olympiad team, a distinguished volunteer at sites across the city, and an active National Honor Society member. Outside of school and lab, Bhaskar enjoys photography, biking, and playing the piano.


Neel Patel

Neel is a Master’s student of Biomedical Sciences (Neurobiology specialization) at Navrachana University, India, and is conducting his Master’s thesis as a research trainee in the Kurshan Lab. He is working on a project identifying proteins that interact with the intracellular domain of neurexin in collaboration with lab postdoc Dr. Marcos Schaan Profes. Apart from the lab Neel enjoys music, cooking and playing sports like volleyball, table tennis and badminton.




Max is a research trainee in the Kurshan Lab. He is currently working towards understanding of the role of calcium channels in synaptogenesis and active zone protein localization. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and is currently doing his Master’s in the evolutionary role of G-proteins in visual pathways. Max loves birdwatching, and reading. In his free time enjoys exploring New York City and looking for northern hemisphere birds.