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

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

Aliyah Goldson

Graduate Student

BS, Biomedical Sciences (w/ Honours), York University

Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada

Superpower: Persistence, creativity, and positivity!

Inspiration: Wonders of the world around me

Jake Hudock

Graduate Student

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!

Dinh Luong

Research Assistant

BS, Biology, Wayne State University

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI

Superpower: Playing Genshin for 10 hours straight

Inspiration: Family, friends, and her dog

Evan DeFrancesco

Research Assistant

BS, Biology, Wayne State University
MA, Chemistry (in progress), Wayne State University

Hometown: Royal Oak, MI

Superpowers: Talking a lot, piano, guitar

Inspiration: Lofi hiphop beats

Tripatchara (Kla) Atiratana

Visiting PhD student

Currently PhD student at Srinakharinwirot University
MS, Plant Sciences, Mahidol University
BS, Biology, Srinakharinwirot University

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Superpower: Sleepy face

Inspiration: Grandmother saying "Are you hungry?"

Ezra Roberts


Major: Neuroscience & Art

Hometown: Wyandotte, MI

Superpowers: Note-taking, composition, and analyzing the literature

Inspiration: Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, overlaps betwen art & science, the natural world, ancient history, and comparative biology

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)


Paul Meram (2023; applying to medical school)

Joe Gjonaj (2022-2023; applying to medical school)

Dea Kanani (2022-2023; MD student at Wayne State School of Medicine)

Ada Squires (2022)

Matheu Wong (2021 - 2022; applying to medical school)

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 University of Michigan)

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

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