Organizing Committee

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.... Read more about Rodrigo Garcia

 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.

Cyan  James

Cyan James

Graduate Student, Public Health and Genetics, University of Washington

Cyan James studied journalism, bioethics, and genetics as an undergraduate. She earned an MFA in creative writing and continues to work on novels and essays...

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Susanna Kohler

Susanna Kohler

Science Highlights Editor, American Astronomical Society
Ph.D., University of Colorado, Astronomy
ComSciCon Co-founder

I received my PhD from University of Colorado Boulder in 2014, with my dissertation work spanning two fields: high-energy astrophysics and science...

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Rosa Li

Rosa Li

Graduate Student, Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke University

Rosa is a PhD student in Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University studying the development and neural basis of risky decision-making. Her current...

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Mandy  Liesch

Mandy Liesch

Graduate Student, North Carolina State University, Soil Science

Mandy is an artist trapped in the body of a soil scientist. She is a PhD student at North Carolina State University, researching how much storm-water soils...

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