University of Texas, Austin
Thao is a second-year undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin studying Human Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Business. In 2019, Thao completed a year-long Capstone research project dedicated to understanding the impact cognitively-stimulating activities imposed on the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Now, as president of the UT BEI Chapter, she hopes to compassionately establish a similar impact on the seniors of the local Austin community. Her goal is to pursue an MD-PhD degree to become a physician-scientist in order to cultivate novel knowledge towards the cancer community while treating patients in a clinical setting.
University of Maryland
Shriya Singh is a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park double-majoring in Psychology and Biology, with an emphasis in Neurobiology and Physiology. Shriya has explored her interest in this field through three years of research experience at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville and the Georgetown School of Medicine. She also enjoys helping her community by volunteering at the Pregnancy Aid Center near campus.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Selena Xue is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in Computer Science where she is currently working in a plant lab studying nucleus movement in relation to the root hair tip in Arabidopsis thaliana plant cells. She is also involved in her community where she volunteers for the Contact Care Line, which works with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. She recently started interning at the Neuroscience Clinic where she developed an interest in helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
University of Virginia
Kate Jensen is a rising fourth year from Phoenix, Arizona studying neuroscience at the University of Virginia. She wanted to be a part of the Brain Exercise Initiative to make a larger impact on her community in an area in which she is very passionate about. At school, Kate holds a research position studying the effect of microDNA on the onset of Alzheimer’s and the role of long noncoding RNA in skeletal muscle development.
University of Virginia
Daniel has volunteered at an assisted living facility since the age of six and in high school, founded Project Talents, an organization to bring talented students to play music for local retirement and nursing homes. He realized BEI was an amazing leadership opportunity and continuation of his passionate care for the senior population at the university level. In the meantime, Daniel, a rising fourth year Neuroscience major, dreams to expand BEI to schools and senior living communities across Virginia, while he applies to medical schools this year with the plan to matriculate straight through in 2021.
Wake Forest University
Macrae is a senior at Wake Forest University majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Neuroscience. He also dedicates his time at the Wake Forest School of Medicine's Neurobiology and Anatomy research lab that is aiming to learn more about working memory and how it relates to Alzheimer's Disease.
University of Florida
Dhruv Patel is a Junior at the University of Florida majoring in Biology on the pre-med track. He has a passion for medicine and dedicates his time towards research at the College of Dentistry at UF and the Florida Museum. He was inspired by BEI as it gave him the opportunity to practically apply research done on Alzheimer's to help the local community.