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

Reading List

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

Aleksander Ochocki

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!

Saba Dubaishi


Major: Biological Sciences & Philosophy

Hometown: Juban, Yemen

Superpower: Multitasking

Inspiration: Musicals (e.g. Hamilton, Rent), fantasy books (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings), human resilience


Major: Applied Physics and Engineering, Biomedical Physics (minor)

Hometown: Redford, MI

Superpower: Endless creativity, super intuition, and hyper curiosity

Inspiration: The Parable of the Prodigal Son, the night sky, kawaii pictures, fantasy novels, flowers, pets, and husband.


AS in Web and Interactive Media (Schoolcraft College)

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Livonia, MI

Superpower: One with nature

Inspiration: The outdoors, fishing, fish keeping, skateboarding, snowboarding, and technology (of course!).

Alexa Francis


Major: Neuroscience and Psychology

Hometown: Trenton, MI

Superpowers: resilience, people skills, positivity, speed reader, and dog whisperer

Inspiration: Love of knowledge (philosophy), understanding behavior, rehabilitation science, and older sister Ashleigh.

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)


Olivia Young (2019 - 2021; PhD student 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)