Organizing Committee

Annie  Bruns

Annie Bruns

Graduate Student, Molecular Biology, Northwestern University

Annie grew up in a tiny farming town in Northeast Iowa, and received her B.A. in biology from Luther College in Decorah, IA.

Maria Drout

Maria Drout

PhD Student, Harvard Department of Astronomy
ComSciCon Co-founder

Maria Drout is a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, having completed a Masters in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical …

Chris Faesi

Chris Faesi

Graduate Student, Astronomy, Harvard
ComSciCon Co-founder

Chris Faesi is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  His primary research interests center around studying …

Rodrigo  Garcia

Rodrigo Garcia

Grad Student, Neuroscience, MIT

My research is focused on both translational and basic science. I have investigated potential therapeutics for Rett Syndrome, an Autism Spectrum Disorder that primarily affects girls. Of equal interest has been exploring the role of the non-neuronal brain cells called astrocytes to the function of the normal and diseased brain.

 Karna Gowda

Karna Gowda

Graduate Student Northwestern University Applied Math

 Karna is a graduate student of applied mathematics at Northwestern University, where he studies the mathematics of ecology and climate change.