Marlene is a sophomore at Columbia University majoring in Biology. After getting recruited to golf for the Columbia Women’s Golf team, she jumped right into premedical studies and participated in two neuro-based research labs. She has been personally affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia, and knows its effects outside of a solely clinical setting. With her interests specifically in neurobiology, Marlene found that working with Alzheimers patients was the perfect way to give back to the community and satisfy her passion for neuroscience. As Columbia’s Chapter President, she hopes to integrate her experience with her science background to make a difference in the quality of life of those affected by Alzheimer’s.
Hector Saul Medrano
New York University
Hector is a third-year undergraduate student at New York University in pursuit of a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies, while on the pre-health track. Hector hopes to attend medical school post-graduation, with the goal of pursuing a career as a Pediatric Neurosurgeon. Outside of the classroom, Hector works as a research assistant at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center investigating Sonic Hedgehog Medulloblastoma, the most common malignant pediatric brain tumor. Hector is incredibly passionate about tackling healthcare inequities in his community, and hopes to take the first steps toward doing so with the establishment of a BEI Chapter at NYU.
Brandon is a third year undergraduate at Cornell University studying Biology and Society, with minors in Nutritional Sciences and Business. Brandon hopes to attend dental school following his senior year, and much of his involvement outside the classroom has prepared him for such an undertaking. Researching taste bud physiology and shadowing various specialties within dentistry has exposed him to dental medicine, while the operation of his own performance company for nine years has given him formal business exposure. Brandon is passionate about understanding the urgent needs of people seeking help and healthcare deliverance, and BEI has given him a chance to work with the local community in mutually beneficial way.
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS)
Anthony is a second year pre-medical and health sciences major at MCPHS. After serving in the U.S. Army he found his passion for medicine and aims to be a primary care physician. Working with people that have been diagnosed with PTSD and other mental health issues has been something that has interested him after seeing how much they can affect the person and family.
Anabel Henick is a second year student at Brown University. She is studying German Studies and is on the Premedical path. Outside of class she is an EMT with Brown Emergency Medical Services, a coordinator for Camp Kesem at Brown University, an active member of The Brown RISD Hillel and Chabad at Brown, and plays Harp with the Brown University Orchestra. After hearing about the Brain Exercise Initiative, she immediately wanted to start a chapter at Brown as she understands the importance of improving the memories of Alzheimer's patients.
Carnegie Mellon University
Sami Johnson is a sophomore undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon University studying Computational Neuroscience with a minor in Computational Biology. Sami’s passion for Alzheimer’s research and prevention began her junior year of high school, where she conducted a year-long, award-winning research project focusing on the pathology of the tau protein, which is directly involved in the development of the disease; the research report was published in the American Journal of International Biology. She currently holds a research position in a Biochemistry lab at Carnegie Mellon, using kinetics to determine the importance of protein structure in specific regions of the thymidylate kinase in Candida albicans.
Christopher is a junior at Vassar College studying Neuroscience and Behavior. He is a member of the varsity men’s soccer team and conducts research at Vassar’s memory neuroscience lab on the topics of alcohol and aversive learning. He also serves as the senior scientific editor of Grey Matters Journal Vassar College, an undergraduate brain sciences publication. Christopher’s experience with his Grandfather’s dementia instilled in him a deep desire to improve the lives of all those in his community affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia. He hopes that his work with the BEI will allow him to inform others about Alzheimer’s disease and create a system where no person suffers from it alone.