Meet Our Writers

Xinyang Bing

Xinyang (David) Bing is a postdoctoral research associate at the lab of Dr. Michael Levine in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. He is a molecular biologist fascinated by the spatial dynamics and function of the regulatory genome. He is currently leveraging deep-sequencing and live imaging to understand how the genome is folded self-determinately and dynamically into a the 3D space of the nucleus, and how this 3D structure controls gene expression. He received his B.Sc in Canada at the University of Western Ontario, and his Ph.D at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. In his spare time, he loves cooking, working out, reading, and of course, most importantly spending time with his daughter Helena.

Jess Breda

Jess Breda

Jess is a second-year PhD student in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Prior to Princeton, she graduated from Westminster College in Salt Lake City with a degree in neuroscience. Jess' research experience is in invertebrate neuroethology, and she also spent a summer working for the neuroscience outreach company, Backyard Brains, where she developed a passion for citizen science.

Alexandra Libby

Alex studies the neural dynamics of learning and memory as a PhD student at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, advised by Tim Buschman. Prior to graduate school, Alex attended Harvard University, where her thesis research explored infant development and autism spectrum disorder. After graduating, she spent two years as a research assistant in a lab examining how acupuncture treats chronic pain. While her graduate studies have a less obvious clinical application, she enjoys exploring how neural information changes on a millisecond timescale and hopefully finding a way to untangle the basic building blocks of neural computation. When she isn't thinking about how the brain jumps between ideas, she is writing fiction, singing in a choir, exploring local towns and parks, and catching up with friends.

Leon Mait

Leon is a PhD student in Psychology and Social Policy at Princeton University. He works with Stacey Sinclair studying the psychosocial outcomes of socioeconomic diversity and cross-class interaction. Before coming to Princeton, he received a BA in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He then went on to get his Master’s in Behavioral Science from Radboud University in the Netherlands, where he focused how adversity affects intertemporal choices. In his free time, Leon enjoys reading, baking, and hiking.

Rohini Majumdar

Rohini Majumdar

Rohini is a second-year PhD student in Psychology and Social Policy at Princeton. Her current research, advised by Elke Weber, applies the psychology of social norms to promote sustainable behaviors and curb environmentally damaging trends. Prior to joining Princeton, she graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she double-majored in Cognitive Science and Economics. Her non-academic interests include jet-skiing, trying new restaurants, and music.

Rebekah Rashford

Rebekah is a third-year PhD student at Princeton Neuroscience Institute, where she works with Catherine Peña investigating the effects of early life stress on chromatin accessibility in regions of the brain associated with the reward pathway. Before coming to Princeton, Rebekah graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a major in Biology and a minor Creative Writing. While at UMBC, Rebekah worked in a molecular biology lab studying the dynamics of ribosomal biogenesis. Other than science, Rebekah enjoys museums, writing stories and screenplays, and taking long walks.

Eleni Papadoyannis

Eleni Papadoyannis

Eleni is a graduate student in the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and is excited to keep getting to know her STEM neighbors and their work on campus. When off of the computer, Eleni likes to think about taking up painting again.

Jaydeep Singh

Jaydeep Singh

Jaydeep is a second-year graduate student in the Mathematics department at Princeton, broadly interested in problems coming from physics. He was previously studying Mathematics at Stanford University, where he conducted research on the dynamics of black holes and lattice gauge theories. Outside of Fine Hall, he enjoys reading (non-math things!) and walking around campus green spaces.

Shanka Subhra Mondal

Shanka Subhra

Shanka is a second-year PhD student in Electrical Engineering at Princeton. He is currently working on Connectomics in the Seung Lab, where he is using artificial intelligence based methods for efficient neuron reconstruction. Previously he has worked on various applications of Machine Learning like biomedical imaging, systems, computer vision during his undergrad at Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and internship at Adobe Research. Apart from that he is a foodie, enjoys playing cricket and watching movies. Find him on LinkedIn.

Thiago Varella

Thiago Varella

Thiago is a second-year PhD student in Cognitive Psychology at Princeton University working with Asif Ghazanfar. He graduated from the University of Sao Paulo in Molecular Sciences with a minor in Computational Neuroscience. During his undergrad, he worked at Federal University of ABC examining computational modeling of timing. Typically, when not working, Thiago is often seen playing video-games at the Psychology lounge or playing the piano at the Graduate College music room.

Renee Waters

Renee Waters

Renee is a second-year graduate student in the Psychology department. Prior to coming to Princeton, she completed her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. At Princeton, Renee has worked on neurobehavioral research exploring social behaviors/disorders and their neural mechanisms. In her free time, she enjoys running, playing tennis, reading, and talking to friends.

Yinuo Zhang

Yinuo is a fifth-year economics PhD student at Princeton. Her interests lie between macro and labor economics. Currently, she studies how recent marketization on home production may affect labor market polarization. She did her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester. When she's not in front of her laptop, she enjoys reading, studying Spanish and trying aerial stuff. You can find her on twitter.