Founder and President
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Esin Gumustekin, the founder and president of the Brain Exercise Initiative, is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) majoring in Neuroscience. Esin has received numerous accolades in high school and continues to thrive at UCLA with a 4.0 cumulative GPA. At UCLA she has won the UCLA Library Prize for Humanities and Social Science and has published her work on eScholarship, the University of California’s Open access publishing site. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Researcher of the Ozcan Research Group at UCLA. Some projects she has worked on include “Smartphone-based turbidity reader”, “Automated screening of sickle cells using a smartphone-based microscope and deep learning”, and"Early detection and classification of live bacteria using time-lapse coherent imaging and deep learning" which are published in Nature. Some of her earlier recognitions include being Salutatorian of her high school, Francis Parker, and being invited to present her research at the Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University’s School of Medicine. Additionally, she’s been invited to speak at UCSD’s Rady School of Management for the tutoring program that she established between her high school and KIPP Adelante, a school for the underserved.