Graduate students and post-docs

Paula Brooks

Paula is a doctoral candidate at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, where she works with Dr. Kenneth Norman in the Princeton Computational Memory Lab. She is also a Visiting Scholar in the Memory Modulation Lab at Boston College, led by Dr. Maureen Ritchey. Paula is driven by a desire to understand how people regulate negative emotional memories and why some people are better at dealing with negative memories than others. For her dissertation, she is looking at how memory reactivation strength might predict one’s ability to deal with negative memories. She is also a core member of the group developing the Princeton Handbook for Reproducible Neuroimaging, an online reference for best practices in reproducible fMRI research. Outside of the lab, Paula enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband, playing with her daughter, and baking yummy desserts for other people to consume.

Andy Jones

Andy is a second-year PhD student in the Computer Science department. He's broadly interested in statistics and machine learning, and especially their application to genomics. Outside of academics, he's a reader and a runner. Check out his website

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. Check out her website.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thiago Varella

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.

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.

Qiwei Yu

Qiwei is a second-year PhD student in Quantitative and Computational Biology, co-advised by Andrej Košmrlj and Ned Wingreen. His research lies at the intersection of statistical physics and biological physics. Outside of lab, he enjoys going to musicals, reading science fictions, and chatting with friends.