Daniel grew up in the New York suburbs before leaving town to study "science" (chemical and physical biology) at Harvard University. After discovering how fun and unpredictable neuroscience research could be in college, he decided to come back to New York to enter the M.D./Ph.D. program at New York University. After a couple of years of medical school, he began full-time research in behavioral neuroscience in the Long Lab, starting work on neural circuits that encode song in songbirds before turning to characterize similar neural circuits in the brain of a relatively novel species of mouse renowned for its singing ability. He completed his Ph.D in September 2015 and is sticking around to finish up medical studies. When not studying singing or seeing patients, he sings in a choir, enjoys listening to music, and constantly looks for ways to fit as many TV shows and podcasts into as little time as possible.
Marvin Sandoval - Vice Chair
Marvin originates from California, having lived mostly in sunny Los Angeles but also cool San Francisco, prior to venturing out to a much colder east coast. Since as far back as he can remember, he has always been interested in science. His current interests in science revolve around the world of pathogens and how our immune system is able to eliminate them, or fails to eliminate them in some cases. Thus, at NYU, Marvin has chosen to investigate how interferons confer antiviral protection and how they impact the nature of immune responses to viral pathogens. Outside the realm of science, Marvin enjoys the great outdoors, playing music, traveling, and sharing good drinks and good times with friends.
Joan Pulupa - Secretary/Sergeant of Arms
Joan grew up in Maryland, where she overcame her childhood fear of math and went on to double major in Physics and Biology at Goucher College. She fell in love with Biology and microscopes after her first forays into immunohistochemistry. Today, she is a graduate student at Rockefeller University, where she works in the Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics. She studies the nuclear pore complex with coarse-grained computational modeling and novel imaging techniques that allow her to study protein dynamics in vivo. In addition to her work in the lab, she volunteers at the BioBus/BioBase. Joan enjoys long runs in Central Park, almond croissants with coffee, hiking in the mountains, and cooking for friends.
Sabriya Stukes - Director of Science Events
Sabriya Stukes is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine researching the interactions that occur between macrophages and the fungal pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans.
Russell Ledet - Outreach Chair
Russell Joseph Ledet is a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana and has lived in New York City, NY since June 2013. Russell served over 9 years in the U.S. Navy in the field of intelligence before earning Bachelors' degrees in Chemistry and Biology at Southern University and A&M College. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology at NYU School of Medicine, focusing on biochemical processes in prostate cancer. Russell is also the founder of Clear Direction, a mentoring program that provides underrepresented minority high school students with invaluable exposure to STEM through formal long-term mentorship from current PhD and MD/PhD students at top-tier institutions in New York City. He has a wife of nearly 10 years, Mallory, and a 4 year-old daughter, Maleah.