Meet Our Fellows & Staff

Robert Keane
Robert Keane (he/him)
Science Communications Lab Fellow
Robert Keane is a Physics PhD student in the LivingPatterns Lab researching the collective behaviors in arrays of cilia. Having struggled firsthand with writing and scientific communication when he first began his scientific career as an undergraduate, Rob values the importance of being able to effectively communicate your work to others. As a member of an interdisciplinary field, Rob has presented his research through a variety of media ranging from papers to oral presentations across many different fields of science. He has crafted and built his message to be accessible to all audiences from experts in his own research field to students and families at a local high school. Rob believes that the relevance of our science is determined by how successfully we communicate and explain our work to others. He is excited to work with new researchers and students to develop their science through writing, presentations, and applications in a manner that is both innovative and fun.
Chris Konow, CommLab Fellow
Chris Konow (he/him)
Science Communications Lab Fellow
Chris Konow is a PhD student in Prof. Irv Epstein’s lab, where he studies pattern development in growing systems. The theoretical aspects of this research initially made communicating the topic difficult, until he realized that understanding occurs most naturally when the science is presented as a story. The “story” provides underlying structure that the audience can engage with, no matter their expertise. Since then, he has implemented this concept over numerous talks and poster sessions in local, national, and international conferences. A recipient of the 2018 Saul G. Cohen Memorial Teaching Fellowship, Chris looks forward to helping you use your science’s story as a foundation for REU, job, and graduate school applications.
Michelle Langton, CommLab Fellow
Michelle Langton (she/her)
Science Communications Lab Fellow
Michelle Langton is a Biochemistry PhD student researching the function of metal containing proteins. Michelle has always enjoyed writing and presenting and was even torn between a career in journalism or a career in science. However, she did not need to choose one over the other. She realized she could combine her love for writing with her passion for science. Her epiphany: science is a story in itself; it just needs a good storyteller! Michelle’s mission is to make you the best scientific storyteller you can be. She is excited to help you share your personal scientific story and is eager to assist with projects ranging from presentations to applications to manuscripts.
Krystal Leger
Krystal Leger (she/her)
Science Communications Lab Fellow
Krystal Leger is a Psychology PhD candidate in the Aging, Culture, & Cognition Lab studying how culture influences the kinds of information people tend to pay attention to and remember. Her favorite part of conducting research is sharing and discussing her findings with others, and she is especially passionate about communicating science in a way that is accessible to everybody. Krystal enjoys helping clients brainstorm and develop scientific presentations and put their ideas on paper with manuscripts and proposals. Outside of the lab, she enjoys yoga, creative writing, and attending comic book conventions.
Xiang Li
Xiang Li (she/her)
Science Communications Lab Fellow
Xiang (SHEE-ang) Li is a PhD candidate in Dr. Grace Han’s Lab where she studies the applications of photo-switch molecules in multisystem. Xiang has given scientific talks to the audience from both academia and non-academia backgrounds, and even children of various ages. Xiang also participated in the REU program as a mentor. These valuable experiences impressed her with the importance of communicating science in an accessible, logical, and interesting way. After being a “frequent visitor” as a client of SciComm Lab, Xiang decided to dedicate her experience and knowledge to working as a fellow and helping more new clients like you. In addition, as an international student, Xiang was hesitant at times to seek the help needed on scientific communication. She will be more than happy to assist other non-native speakers to overcome those barriers, no matter mentally or technically. Xiang is looking forward to working with you on making your REU program applications, presentations, posters, or any related communication works more polished!
Kathleen Maigler
Kathleen Maigler (she/her)
Science Communications Lab Fellow
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.
Jacob Olson, Science Communications Lab Fellow
Jacob Olson
Science Communications Lab Fellow
Jacob Olson is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Shantanu Jadhav’s lab, where he studies learning and memory by recording from rats’ brains as they navigate mazes. Jake has presented his research to a wide array of audiences, ranging from laypersons to fellow neuroscientists. He has learned the value of crafting your message properly for your audience and is excited to work with you to reach your science writing and presentation goals.
Thalia Sass
Thalia Sass (she/her)
Science Communications Lab Fellow
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.
Bradly Stone, CommLab Fellow
Bradly Stone (he/him/his)
Science Communications Lab Fellow
Bradly Stone is a PhD candidate working with Dr. Don Katz in sensory systems Neuroscience. His research investigates how general biological and psychological factors of body states, like sickness, affect the way tastes are perceived and, thus, impact feeding behavior. Bradly enjoys reading and writing in the sciences; particularly aiming to span bridges between scientific disciplines. Having attended a writing intensive high school, Bradly has always been intrigued with editing research abstracts/manuscripts in a way that maintains the author’s voice yet captures a broader audience—research lays flat without being able to convey relevancy across fields. Bradly is enthusiastic about working with you on your brainstorming, writing, and oral presentations.
Anahita Zare
Anahita Zare (she/her)
Program Director, Communication Lab
MRSEC Education Director

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!