Meet Our Fellows & Staff
Amélie Chardac is an experimental physicist and science communicator. Currently a postdoc in the Duclos Lab, she studies the fascinating interplay between active flows and protein pattern self-organization within reconstituted cytoplasm. With a background in research and teaching, she has experience in conveying her work through various media, adjusting to diverse audiences. She particularly enjoys visual design and storytelling.
As an international researcher, Amelie understands the challenge of adapting to new expectations, from settling in a new country to crafting a compelling personal statement for the first time! Communicating science inside and outside the scientific community can definitely be one struggle along one's scientific journey.
Amelie is here to help you navigate these (exciting!) challenges by developing your skills for writing projects (abstracts, research or personal statements, lab reports, etc.), presentations, outreach events, or job applications. Amélie offers support at every stage of your project; from initial brainstorming to providing an external perspective in the final revisions. Her mission is to help you do your best and be more confident in your communication skills.
Zachary Curtis is a PhD Candidate of Physics in the Bisson lab. He is studying the mechanisms behind morphological transitions in Haloferax volcanii. Working at the interface of soft matter physics, cell biology, and biochemistry has helped him appreciate the interactions between multiple fields and how to communicate to an audience across disciplines. Zachary got his Bachelor's degree in Physics from UMass Amherst and received his Masters in Physics last year at Brandeis. Being able to communicate your research effectively is one of the most important skills to learn as a scientist, and he looks forward to being able to help you master that skill.
Kathleen Maigler is a PhD candidate studying communication between the hypothalamus and primary taste cortex in the Katz lab. Kathleen cherishes the quality mentorship and teaching that defines Brandeis and aims to contribute to that effort as much as possible. Her transition from molecular to systems neuroscience has nurtured her appreciation for distilling complex ideas into digestible articles. Together you will create accessible and interesting presentations, essays, and applications.
Teodora (Tedy) Markova is a PhD candidate in the Neurochemistry and Cognition Lab, where she uses neuroimaging techniques to investigate the impact of brain changes associated with age and Alzheimer’s Disease pathology on emotion and memory. Though she initially found presenting daunting, Tedy has learned that effective science communication takes time, practice, and support from those around you – it is now one of her favorite aspects of science! Tedy got her bachelor’s in psychology at McGill University and received her master’s in neuroscience right here at Brandeis. In the past, she has shared her work with a wide range of audiences, including high school students, family, Brandeis undergraduates, and experts in her field. Throughout her academic journey, Tedy has been fortunate to have mentors and colleagues who have provided invaluable support. She is excited to pay it forward and assist others in achieving their science communication goals.
Thalia Sass is a PhD Candidate of Molecular and Cell Biology in the lab of Dr. Susan Lovett. She is investigating the dynamic DNA damage responses of E. coli bacteria to better understand how cells respond to stress. Thalia enjoys making writing accessible and finding new ways to communicate science within her community. Being the first scientist in her family, Thalia has had a lot of practice translating core scientific concepts, as well as cutting-edge research, to audiences of all experience levels. Scientific discovery has an innate beauty by pushing the bounds of how we understand the natural world. As scientists, Thalia believes we should be sharing this new knowledge far and wide! Thalia will happily work with you on all sorts of writing projects, presentations, or applications to highlight you and your science.
Regis Shanley is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Turrigiano lab, where she studies inhibitory neurons in the primary visual cortex and their role in experience dependent plasticity. Regis is excited to help you polish up your next talk or poster, or brainstorm the outline of your newest paper. She fell in love with Boston after doing her bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University, and moved back to the area after getting her PhD from Hunter College in NYC. In her free time, she plays volleyball, bothers her cats, and tries to throw something resembling a bowl on the pottery wheel.
Michael Stehnach is a postdoctoral researcher in the Fraden Lab where he utilizes microfluidic devices for drug discovery applications and to study active matter systems, and he is the manager of the MRSEC microfabrication facility on campus. Working in the Department of Physics with a background in mechanical engineering, Michael understands the importance of communicating one’s work with individuals across different backgrounds. He looks forward to helping individuals grow professionally and promote independence by gaining confidence with their communication skills. Also, having navigated applications for both graduate school and postdoc, Michael is happy to chat about the next stage of your professional career.
Víkko Manuel Suárez Casanova is a Neuroscience PhD candidate in the Van Hooser lab where his work centers around describing how we interpret speed and how it is organized in the brain. Specifically, Vikko works on elucidating the relationship between dynamic spatiotemporal changes in stimuli presentation and direction selectivity in the ferret animal model. Víkko aspires to give back to the scientific community and mentor fellow individuals from historically marginalized communities. As a first-generation immigrant and first in his family to pursue science, he understands that science communication can seem daunting but is excited to empower you to achieve your oral and written goals.
Tim Walsh is a Chemistry PhD student in Professor Isaac Krauss’ research group where he synthesizes sugar clusters that mimic the structure of the HIV envelope in order to elicit antibody response. He hopes his work will contribute to developing an HIV vaccine. Tim has lived in Massachusetts for his entire life, so he is always happy to talk about fun things to do in the area. He graduated from Tufts University in 2019 before beginning work as a synthetic organic chemist at Cambridge Isotope Labs in Andover, MA. With the help of his peers and mentors in both academia and industry, Tim has come to appreciate the importance of clear scientific communication. He is excited to help his fellow students build confidence in their ability to present their research in effective and engaging ways.
Anahita Zare joined Brandeis University in October 2020 as the SciComm Lab Director and MRSEC Director of Education, Outreach, and Diversity. As SciComm Lab Director, Anahita oversees Lab operations, provides support to Fellows, and grows the Lab to better serve Brandeis's research community. Since joining the Lab, Anahita has trained Fellows, organized workshops, and supported Fellows through their one-on-one appointments with clients. Anahita is particularly passionate about training Brandeis’s graduate students and postdocs in effective science communication because it bolsters the quality of research generated at Brandeis. Welcome to the SciComm Lab!