Meet Our Executive Board

Addie Minerva

President, Editor

Addie is a fourth-year PhD student in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Prior to Princeton, she studied Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology at Emory University and conducted research in behavioral neuropharmacology. She then worked for two years at UCSF, examining how cortico-striatal projections regulate emotional and motivated behaviors that are disrupted in psychiatric disease. Outside the lab, Addie is a huge foodie, enjoys all things outdoors, and is constantly asking strangers if she can pet their dogs.

Crystal Lee

Vice President, Editor

Crystal is a fourth-year PhD student in Cognitive Psychology at Princeton University, where she works with Casey Lew-Williams and Adele Goldberg in the Princeton Baby Lab. She graduated from the University of Rochester, where she majored in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Linguistics. Crystal previously worked at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands. She enjoys coffee, reading, and listening to true crime podcasts. Check out her website here.

Sara Geraghty

Secretary, Editor

Sara is a fourth-year PhD student in the Quantitative and Computational Biology program at Princeton. Previously, she studied Biology and Computer Science at the University of Richmond and conducted research on the genetics underlying sponge:algal symbiosis. At Princeton, she primarily studies cancer genomics and transcriptomics, and in her spare time enjoys hiking, kayaking and cooking.

Siena Dumas Ang

Treasurer, Editor

Siena is a fourth-year PhD student in the Quantitative and Computational Biology program. Prior to coming to Princeton, she spent 4 years at Microsoft Research working on DNA Storage. She graduated from the University of Washington with a triple degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Dance. At Princeton, Siena has worked on differential methylation, improving GWAS results to identify disease-gene associations using tissue-specific networks, and regulatory predictions for social behavior in bees. In her free time, she enjoys taking dance classes and performing, visiting NY/Philly, and taking her dog on long walks in the Institute woods with her fiancé.

Thiago Varella

Princeton Insights: The Highlights Podcast Lead

Thiago is a PhD student in Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University, where he works with Asif Ghazanfar in vocal development. He graduated from the University of São Paulo, where he studied Mathematics applied to Neuroscience. Thiago previously worked at the Timing and Cognition Laboratory at Federal University of ABC (UFABC). Outside of work, he enjoys playing the piano, watching movies/series, and worrying about the big revolutions we are going through, like climate change or AI. Check out his website here.

Kimberly Sabsay


Kimberly (Kimmie) is a third-year Quantitative and Computational Biology (QCB) PhD student in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. She is co-advised by AJ te Velthuis and Ned Wingreen. Her research focuses on investigating the architecture and dynamics of RNA virus genomes and how ribonucleoprotein (RNP) structures modulate efficient replication in host cells. In her free time she enjoys running, gardening, reading, and laughing.

Abby Stanton


Abby is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Molecular Biology with a passion for understanding how all the molecular machines inside of the cell work together to make life possible. As a member of the Hughson lab, she studies the proteins that drive membrane fusion, one of the key processes needed to shuttle cargo from place to place within the cell. Outside of the lab, she enjoys dabbling in music composition and making elaborate spreadsheets about her creative projects.

Rebekah Rashford


Rebekah is a fifth-year PhD candidate at Princeton Neuroscience Institute, where she works with Catherine Peña investigating the effects that early life stress has on genetic control mechanisms during brain development. Before Princeton, Rebekah studied Biology and Creative Writing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she investigated the dynamics of ribosome biogenesis. Other than science, Rebekah enjoys museums, writing stories and screenplay's, and taking long walks.