Justin Kenney

Principal Investigator

Postdoc, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada (w/ Paul Frankland)

Postdoc, University of Southampton, UK (w/ Christopher Proud)

PhD, Psychology/Neuroscience, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (w/ Thomas Gould)

BS & BA, Physics & Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Hometown: Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA

Superpower: Beard growing

Inspiration: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Nietzche's aphorisms, landscape art, poetry of Mary Oliver

Post-doctoral Scholar

PhD, Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, UK (w/ Matthew Parker)

MS, Toxicological Biochemistry, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil (w/ Denis Rosemberg)

BS, Biomedical Sciences, Centro Universitário Franciscano, Brazil

Hometown: Santa Maria, Brazil

Superpowers: Helping people, planning, and getting things done!

Inspiration: Curiosity, learning new things, appreciating life and nature

Fatemeh Beigloo
Visiting Scholar

PhD, Analytical Chemistry, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran

B.Sc., Chemistry, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Superpowers: Determination!

Inspiration: Learning new things

Graduate Student

M. Tech, Biotechnology, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India

B. Tech, Biotechnology, Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women's University, India

Hometown: Najibabad, India

Superpower: Persistence

Inspiration: India, the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi & Chanakya Chants by Ashwin Sanghi

Graduate Student

MS, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Wayne State School of Medicine

BS, Biochemistry & Chemical Biology; Math (minor), Wayne State University

Hometown: Royal Oak, MI

Superpower: Getting on families nerves

Inspiration: Science fiction (e.g. Michael Crichton's The Sphere, The Martian film), nature, and sustainability

Jake Hudock

Research Assistant

BS, Biology, Wayne State University

Hometown: Rochester, MI

Superpower: Staying awake until 5AM

Inspiration: Dune, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, The natural world and its mysteries!

Matheu Wong


Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: Grand Blanc, MI

Superpowers: Gaming for hours

Inspiration: Leaders in technology and innovation

Dea Kanani


Major: Biology

Hometown: Korce, Albania

Superpowers: Dedication to being the best version of herself

Inspiration: A proactive mindset and taking responsibility for ones life

Kush Parikh

High School Student

Education: Troy High School

Hometown: Troy, MI

Superpowers: Procrastination, 20/20 hindsight, inquisitiveness

Inspiration: Harry Potter, Atomic Habits, IoT (internet of things), Kobe Bryant, friends, little sister, and challenging himself


(And their position after leaving the lab)

Graduate Students

Muntasir Rahman (MS, 2019-2021; Research Associate at BIAL biotech)


Maris Polanco (2020; teaching at Henry Ford College)


Kailyn Fields (2021 - 2022; PhD student in Chemistry at Wayne State University)

Kristopher Covert (2021; software engineer at IBM)

Saba Dubaishi (2019 - 2021; MA student in Philosophy at Wayne State University)

Olivia Young (2019 - 2021; PhD student in Biomedical Sciences at University of North Texas Health Science Center)

Stiven Roytman (2020 - 2021; lab technician at Wayne State School of Medicine)

Meng Ting Shi (2019 - 2020; physicians assistant school at Western Michigan University)

Daniel Rickard (2019 - 2020; nursing school at Wayne State University)