Chinmayi Balusu

Chinmayi Balusu

Chinmayi is an incoming freshman at an Ivy League university who is passionate about neurodegenerative disease research. She has received many awards for her research work with the longevity compound rapamycin and its effects on brain tissue, and she was named a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2019. She is involved in many STEM and community service clubs in school and is also a part of 500 Women Scientists (an international organization dedicated to making science open, inclusive, and accessible). Outside of neuroscience, Chinmayi enjoys creating documentaries, practicing taekwondo, self-studying Italian, mentoring students, and going for long walks. To contact Chinmayi, please email cbalusu@youthneuro.org


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Zebrafish and Hearing: An Interview with Dr. Allison Coffin

Zebrafish and Hearing: An Interview with Dr. Allison Coffin


Introduction Dr. Allison Coffin is an associate professor of neuroscience at Washington State University, Vancouver. Dr. Coffin is interested in sensory biology, specifically in how fish sense their environment and how they hear. Dr. Coffin’s focus is on using fish to understand more about our own hearing, including protecting our hearing....

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms: An Interview with Dr. Katherine Sharkey

Sleep and Circadian Rhythms: An Interview with Dr. Katherine Sharkey


Introduction I had the honor of interviewing Dr. Katherine Sharkey, MD, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry & Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Assistant Dean for Women in Medicine and Science. Dr. Sharkey also serves as the Associate Director of the Sleep for Science Research Laboratory. H...

Interview: Neurological Complications of HIV/AIDS

Interview: Neurological Complications of HIV/AIDS


Introduction I had the honor of interviewing Dr. Igor Grant, the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Grant is involved in research on HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, and chronic stress in the elderly; currently, his research is focused on the effects of HIV, methamphetamine a...

An Interview with Dr. Amanda Hernan of the University of Vermont

An Interview with Dr. Amanda Hernan of the University of Vermont


Introduction I was able to interview Dr. Amanda Hernan, PhD, post-doctoral research associate at the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine. Dr. Hernan’s postdoctoral project involves understanding the mechanisms of cognitive deficits after seizures in brains with malformations. Specifically, the project is utilizing single unit...