Erik is a PhD student in neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research involves studying how neurons integrate and process information through synapses. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer and pub trivia.
Wyatt is an M.Sc. student at McGill University studying the factors that constrain behavioural flexibility in organisms. He splits his research with work in the tropics and work in the lab. Some of his other interests include music, video editing, and photography.
Simon is an ESL and psychology/philosophy teacher in Vienna, Austria, a gamer across all media and loves curiosity in its many manifestations. He thinks communicating science is as important inside the classroom as it is outside and was therefore immediately drawn to Useful Science. When he's not hunched over classwork, a game board, his computer or a book/newspaper, he's out taking a walk or eating delicious food.
Caitlin recently started a PhD in Biological and Biomedical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. She is using neuroimaging to study how brain chemistry and structure change over time in a rat model of Alzheimer’s disease, and if anti-inflammatory treatment can mitigate these disease-related changes. She is not yet jaded by the world of academia and is keen to expand her horizons by learning about (and concisely communicating!) as much scientific research as possible.
Steve is an aspiring doctor studying at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. While working towards being a physician, Steve’s passion is teaching and has taught science both formally and informally for years for institutions committed to science education. Outside of school, Steve can be found running, strumming tunes on his ukulele, or playing some Nintendo.
Isabella graduated from McGill University majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Film Studies. She is currently teaching secondary school at an international school in Hong Kong. Inspired by her teacher Philip Marsh who prides himself as an art-scientist, Isabella also identifies herself as an art-scientist, blending the interdisciplinary aspects of both art and science through educational technologies.
Cara Shousterman is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow and HI’s Partnerships and Engagement Manager. At HI, Cara is responsible for leveraging external partners and supporting various types stakeholders as they work with Harmony Institute to discover new ways of applying media for social impact. In particular, Her role at HI focuses on the adoption of and new uses for StoryPilot.
Paul is a postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. He holds a PhD in behavioural neuroscience from the University of Guelph and a BSc in neuroscience and nutrition from Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research focuses on sex differences in the brain in response to hormones and/or learning. He has 4 cats, a long-list of unplayed podcast episodes to get to, and a thirst for good beer and good music.
Julia is a New Zealander completing a PhD at the Australian National University. Her work bridges economics, ecology, and natural resource management. She really likes grass, trees, snow, and mountains.
Guiomar holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and is currently doing a postdoc in brain imaging at McGill. She enjoys dancing with the brain's magnetic signals and maths to paint some colors on the surfaces of these mini white and grey universes.