Chinmayi Balusu

Chinmayi Balusu

Chinmayi is a high school student from northern California who is passionate about neurodegenerative disease research. She is involved in many STEM and community service clubs in school and also serves on the leadership board of 500 Women Scientists (an international organization that works to empower women in STEM). 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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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...

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....

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...