Rochelle Vayntrub '22 

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Rochelle (she/her) is a senior at Barnard College majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. She has an insatiable sweet tooth and so conducts research on sugar and artificial sweeteners under Professor John Glendinning. In her free time, she enjoys jogging and listening to Science Vs podcasts, usually simultaneously.

Rochelle (she/her) smiles in front of a background of trees and grass. She is wearing a green and white rugby-style shirt. 

OUR TEAM

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Introducing Grey Matters CU's 2021-22 E-Board! Hover on each photo to learn more about our members and how they contribute to the scientific community outside of GMCU.

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Rebecca Yeh '22

Co-Editor-in-Chief

Rebecca is a senior at Barnard from New Jersey studying Neuroscience and Behavior with a cellular concentration. Her passion for discussing her research to non-STEM peers inspired her to co-found GMCU! She wants to encourage the curiosity of the brain and mitigate the daunting nature that comes with neuroscience. You can find her working on pediatric brain tumors and immunotherapy at the medical center or going on long walks in the city with an americano in hand.

Rebecca (she/her) wears a lilac tank top and rests her chin on her hand and smiles towards the camera. 

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Sylvester Benson '23

Senior Editor: Scientific Review

Sylvester (he/him) is a junior pre-med majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. He is Research Fellow at Columbia Neurosurgery investigating glioblastomas (GBM), the most aggressive malignant brain tumor. As a neuroscience enthusiast, he is passionate about making medical breakthroughs and scientific innovations in the field more accessible to the public. In addition to GMCU,  he is also involved with Columbia BOLD and Globe-Med. During vacations and breaks, Sylvester enjoys traveling with friends to explore the country and beyond.

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Tyler Olds '22

Senior Editor: Generative Editing

Tyler (they/them) is a senior in Columbia College studying philosophy and linguistics. They are passionate about the mind in general, especially in its relation to the brain. Their interests specifically revolve around questions concerning the architecture of the mind and the bearings that linguistic development has on cognitive development widely construed. When not reading about the philosophy of mind, you can find them somewhere baking cookies or trying to plan their outfits for the week. 

Tyler can be seen from the shoulders up in a blue shirt. They are smiling with their mouth open and teeth showing.  

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Perrin Rudensky '22

Senior Editor: Revision Division

Perrin is a senior at Barnard College majoring in Psychology. Outside of GMCU, she is a research assistant in Professor Robert Remez’s lab, where she studies the perceptual organization of speech and talker identification. She is fascinated by the complexities of the brain and is especially interested in the clinical application and public dissemination of neuroscience research. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, DIY projects, and weight training. 

Perrin (she/her) smiles at the camera wearing a brown, leaf-patterned turtleneck top. She stands in front of a pale green wall and a beige decorative column.

Perrin Rudensky '22

Senior Editor: Revision Division

Perrin is a senior at Barnard College majoring in Psychology. Outside of GMCU, she is a research assistant in Professor Robert Remez’s lab, where she studies the perceptual organization of speech and talker identification. She is fascinated by the complexities of the brain and is especially interested in the clinical application and public dissemination of neuroscience research. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, DIY projects, and weight training. 

Perrin (she/her) smiles at the camera wearing a brown, leaf-patterned turtleneck top. She stands in front of a pale green wall and a beige decorative column.

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Sam Hutchinson '23

Outreach Director

Sam is a junior in Columbia College majoring in computer science and psychology. He is passionate about the underlying connections between neuroscience and other disciplines, particularly in regards to language and symbolic representation. Outside of GMCU, Sam spends his days as a TA for linguistics courses and hunting down the best slice of pizza in NYC.

Hailey Kopp '25 

Illustration Director

Hailey (she/her) is a freshman at Barnard College from California. She plans to major in Neuroscience and Behavior. While she is passionate about science, she also loves the arts, whether that be visual or performing. When she is not onstage performing in Shakespeare plays, she loves to explore her creativity in digital art and writing. She is excited to serve as Interim Art Director for Grey Matters CU!

Hailey (she/her) smiles in a burnt orange shirt in front of a plain white background. 

Ashley Chung '24

Design Director

​Ashley (she/her) is a sophomore at Columbia College from New Jersey planning to major in Neuroscience and Behavior. She is passionate about the accessibility of neuroscience and believes that scientific presentation is just as valuable as the content itself. When she's not laying out GMCU articles or doing neuro research, you can find her tutoring local students, listening to the 99% Invisible podcast, or bullet-journaling at Blue Bottle.

Ashley (she/her) looks to her right and smiles wearing a plaid trench coat in front of the NYC skyline. 

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Mariana Mohsen '23

Social Media Director

Mariana is a junior at Barnard majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Math. Outside of GMCU, she is a peer tutor and an active member of the Muslim Student Association. She is also involved in chemistry research at NYU. In her free time, she likes trying new food, spending time with friends, and playing badminton.

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Wadzi Mayiseni '23

Accessibility Director

Wadzi is a junior in Columbia College majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior with a special concentration in Public Health. She works as an assistant in the Abdus-Saboor lab at Zuckerman Institute researching acute and chronic pain behavior. When free, you will find her listening to Afro-jazz, hanging out with friends, or exploring restaurants and museums in the city.

Wadzi (she/her) smiles in a white shirt and pink coat with some withered trees in the background. 

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Lila Baer '23

Podcast Director

Lila Baer (she/her) is a junior at Barnard from Memphis, TN majoring in Neuroscience. She is a podcast enthusiast - her top recommendations are How I Built This, Ologies, and of course, the Grey Matters Podcast (first episode just released!). In her free time you'll probably find her chilling outside to get all the sun she can! 

Lila Baer '23

Podcast Director

Lila Baer (she/her) is a junior at Barnard from Memphis, TN majoring in Neuroscience. She is a podcast enthusiast - her top recommendations are How I Built This, Ologies, and of course, the Grey Matters Podcast (first episode just released!). In her free time you'll probably find her chilling outside to get all the sun she can! 

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Jeanette Luna '25

Website Co-Director

Jeanette (she/her) is a first-year in Barnard College, intending to double major in Neuroscience & Behavior and Human Rights. She is passionate about using her background coming from an undocumented, Latinx household to advocate for those communities who lack access to healthcare due to immigration status, finances, and language barriers. During her free time, she enjoys dancing, and you can see her perform as a dancer for Orchesis and the Columbia University Ballet Ensemble on campus.

Jeanette (she/her) smiles, while tilting her head to the right side of the screen, in a brown long-sleeved sweater in front of a blank cream wall. 

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Patrick Puma '24

Website Co-Director

Patrick (he/him) is a sophomore at Columbia SEAS, majoring in Computer Engineering. He is interested in exploring the overlap between technology and neuroscience, especially when it comes to rehabilitating patients with robotics. Outside of GMCU, you can find him shooting archery or biking around the city. 

Patrick (he/him) stands in a blizzard with snow on his jacket and earmuffs.