Undergraduate Departmental Representatives

The neuroscience undergraduate departmental representatives can help with communications between undergraduates and faculty members. They can also provide academic and career information to current and prospective neuroscience students.

Meet the 2022-23 Neuroscience UDRs

Roshni Ray
Roshni Ray
Neuroscience Undergraduate Dept. Representative (UDR)

I am a junior in the Quantitative Biology Research Community (QBReC) program majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Computer Science. I’m endlessly fascinated by how the orchestration of millions of neurons at the microscopic scale underpins our physiology, behavior, and personal characteristics. To that end, I’m conducting developmental neurobiology research at the Paradis Lab where I’m studying how Sema4 ligands and PlexinB receptors initiate excitatory and inhibitory synapse formation in the mammalian brain. My future goals include earning a PhD in Neuroscience, conducting research, teaching, and being involved in science entrepreneurship. Outside of the lab, I’m on the editorial board of the student newspaper The Hoot and I work on developing equitable science education resources for high school students. I enjoy spending time outdoors, exploring local restaurants and stores, listening to music, watching movies, and reading books! I’m happy to be a sounding board for you and help you navigate academic experiences at Brandeis! Come chat with me about coursework, research, career opportunities in STEM, and any other questions you may have! 

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Nathalie Vieux-Gresham, Neuroscience UDR
Nathalie Vieux-Gresham
Neuroscience Undergraduate Dept. Representative (UDR)

Nathalie Vieux-Gresham is a junior majoring in Neuroscience on the B.S/M.S track and hopes to pursue an M.D/Ph.D. in the future. Something she absolutely loves about neuroscience is how multifaceted and diverse neuroscience is pertaining to the way we can study and understand it, so she has incorporated computer science alongside biology-, psychology-, and chemistry-related coursework within the major.

She is a member of the Birren Lab investigating the effect that satellite glial cells have on cholinergic neuronal development and plasticity in the peripheral nervous system. Nathalie is also a Bridge to Wellness peer health educator, a Roosevelt Fellow, and a Community Advisor. Outside of her coursework and responsibilities, Nathalie enjoys cruising around on her longboard and skating with friends, biking, playing the guitar, playing volleyball or soccer, playing video games, and searching for new good music! Feel free to reach out to Nathalie about neuroscience coursework and schedule planning, the many ways to major in neuroscience, research opportunities on-campus, internship opportunities during the summer, career options, and any college “life hacks”. She also enjoys neuroscience jokes or puns (or STEM in general), so if you have any, send them her way!

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Joanna Xiong
Joanna Xiong
Neuroscience Undergraduate Dept. Representative (UDR)

Joanna Xiong is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in HSSP, and she aspires to become a physician-scientist. As a member of the Nelson lab, her research focuses on long-term aversive memory formation impairments induced by inhibition of activity-dependent transcriptional pathways in the basolateral amygdala. Neuroscience fascinates her because it continuously challenges her understanding of the connection between mind and body. Aside from academics, she is the new president of the Neuroscience Club. You might also see her around supporting department and student events with sound and lighting, as she is a coordinator/technician at Student Production Services (SPS). Additionally, she has served in 5 Waltham Group organizations, and this experience greatly inspired her Rich/Collins Fellowship project Buddies for Emotional Support and Transitional Assistance (BESTA). In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, reading, exploring local restaurants, and playing card games. She has an eclectic taste in music, so she is always open to recommendations. Feel free to reach out to Joanna about course scheduling, research opportunities, 4-year planning, the pre-med track, or anything you’re curious about!

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 Neuroscience UDR Student Site