Sabrina Azinheira

Sabrina is an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst completing her degree in Biology. When she is not applying for jobs or graduate programs, she can be found playing her trombone loudly, looking at birds, or reading about science.

Sarah Weintraub

Sarah is a Microbiology and Cell Science BS graduate from the University of Florida. She currently works at NorthShore University Healthsystem, associated to University of Chicago, in the Center of Psychiatric Genetics. When she's not in the lab, she enjoys reading, running and exploring!

Vinko Culjak Mathieu

Vinko is a master’s student at McGill University and the Lyman Entomological Museum. He studies the interactions between plants and insects in the Canadian Arctic and how those interactions change across time. He is active in many science communication and outreach initiatives in addition to Useful Science such as Skype-a-Scientist, the McGill Bee Club, and Letters to a Pre-Scientist. He gives public talks on ecology, speaks to middle school classes about biology and evolution, and uses his Instagram account to highlight the diversity of insects and plants.

Lauren Sterlin

Lauren graduated from Northeastern University with her DPT in Physical Therapy. She currently works in cancer research focusing on metastatic prostate cancer. She enjoys running/fitness, baking and is slightly obsessed with skincare products. One of her talents is spotting film errors.

Lindsay Schwartz

Lindsay is a behavioral scientist at the Institutes for Behavior Resources in Baltimore, Maryland, working in the areas of behavioral economics, substance use, and fatigue and performance. Her dissertation focused on the use of behavioral economic methods to quantify drug value in those with substance use disorders. These days Lindsay is focusing her efforts on using biomathematical models of fatigue to understand how sleep and fatigue can impact performance in different industries like healthcare and aviation.

Avaneesh Narla

Avaneesh is currently a PhD student in Physics at the University of California San Diego. His work focuses on theoretical biophysics and quantitative biology, and includes fields such as fluid dynamics, computational neuroscience, theoretical ecology and bacteriophysiology.

Rose Himber Howse

Rose Himber Howse is a writer and teacher from North Carolina. She attended Haverford College, where she studied psychology and completed a meta-analysis of studies identifying protective factors against suicide among LGBTQ+ youth. She has also written queer-inclusive, evidence-based sex education curriculum for practitioners in the South. She currently works as an academic editor.

Melanie Matthies

Melanie is an emeritus faculty member at Boston University and was previously a research scientist at MIT. Her primary research area is the effect of hearing loss on speech production but she also enjoys reading studies about health and wellness.

Katie Keil

Katie is a Master's student in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and Program on Climate Change at the University of Washington. She is currently researching zooplankton sensitivity to ocean acidification, and is passionate about bridging the gap between scientists and policy-makers. When she's not in the lab or attending some scicomm workshop, you'll find her backpacking in the Olympic mountains, beachcombing in Seattle, or catching up with friends at a local coffee shop.

Uyen Nguyen

Uyen is an M.Sc. student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She likes to be called “Oo-in” instead of “Yu-en”. Using high-dimensional flow cytometry, Uyen looks at how physical exercise affects immune composition in bone marrow recipients. In her free time, she runs, watches comedies, reads biographies, and eats chocolate-coated pretzels (usually not all at once).