Our Leadership

Meet the Team!

Originally founded at the 2016 USA National Brain Bee, the International Youth Neuroscience Association is led by a group of dedicated, passionate high school and undergraduate volunteers. Meet the individuals who are working hard to inspire and enable the next generaton of neuroscientists.

Executive Council

The IYNA Executive Leadership team, headed by the CEO, is responsible for managing committee activities within the IYNA and ensuring that all of our day-to-day activities serve our long-term goals. IYNA executives work closely with the Board of Directors to develop and implement long-term plans to make the IYNA as impactful as possible to its members and supporters.

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Alexander Skvortsov
Chief Executive Officer
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Jacob Umans
MYELIN Director
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Daniel Lucas
Director of Membership
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Yasmeen Hmaidan
Membership Asst. Director
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Mallika Pajjuri
Director of Outreach
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Sojas Wagle
Journal Editor-In-Chief

MYELIN Department

Currently, very few students have the chance to study neuroscience before entering universities. The IYNA seeks to change this through its Modern Youth Education, Leadership, and Inquiry in Neuroscience (MYELIN) initiative by developing a high-quality, free-to-access neuroscience curriculum. We hope to develop a set of materials that teachers around the world will be able to bring into the classroom to introduce students to the exciting field of neuroscience.

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Jacob Umans
MYELIN Director
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Julia Shi
MYELIN Asst. Director
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Nansy Samaka
MYELIN Asst. Director
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Brianna Cole
Module Head
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Megumi Sano
Module Head
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Ken Kuah
Module Head

Journal Department

The IYNA journal provides a forum for scientifically-inclined students to write and publish neuroscience-related articles. Our team of editors provides individualized feedback to each writer, allowing them to develop both their research and scientific communication skills. All editions of the IYNA journal are published for free online, giving both our members and the general public an engaging way to learn more about neuroscience

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Sojas Wagle
Journal Editor-In-Chief
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Anita Singh
Senior Editor
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Scott Massey
Senior Editor
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Robert Morgan
Senior Editor
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Christine Zhou
Head of Journal Assembly

Outreach Department

The Outreach Committee of the IYNA is dedicated to increasing awareness of our organization both among interested students and the public. Our social media team works to share exciting content with all followers of our page in a manner accessible to teens. Furthermore, our publicity team is reaching out to news organizations and other publishers to spread awareness of our mission.

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Mallika Pajjuri
Director of Outreach
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Alexander Skvortsov
Head of Web Development
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Kyle Ryan
Head of Video Production

Membership Department

The IYNA was founded to promote neuroscience in the context of individual communities, and the mission of our recruitment team is to do just that. Our fast-paced Chapter Development team is organizing the IYNA’s national chapters and creating a wide range of materials to help local-level chapters succeed in all that they do.

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Daniel Lucas
Director of Membership
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Yasmeen Hmaidan
Membership Asst. Director

Fundraising Department

Keeping our organization running is a challenge, requiring not only the dedication of our volunteer staff, but also financial resources. Our fundraising team is working to secure grants and donations to help support our existing programs and make new ones. The ultimate goal of the fundraising committee is to help the IYNA find the resources it needs to do more for students.

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Onur Tanglay
Treasurer