August 19, 2012

About Us

The Neuroscience Majors’ Union (NMU) aims to represent the needs and interests of both prospective and declared Neuroscience majors and minors. The NMU provides unique social and academic opportunities that encourage the growth of the Neuroscience community at Duke, adding a richer layer of experience to the Neuroscience major.
Meet the Executive Board


Julie Uchitel, Trinity ’19
Major(s): Neuroscience, French
Julie is a senior majoring in Neuroscience in French. She currently performs research on epilepsy and Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood with Dr. Mohamad Mikati at Duke Children’s Hospital. Julie has worked in pediatric neurology labs at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia studying epilepsy and neurocritical care. She is also an editor for the Duke Student Global Health Review, a contributor to the Duke Science Review, and a volunteer in the Department of Neurosurgery. In her free time she enjoys running, yoga, and reading French fiction. Her favorite books are Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust and 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.
Vice Presidents:

Rachel Donaldson, Trinity ’20
Major(s): Neuroscience
Rachel is a junior from Boston, Massachusetts, majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry. She is currently involved in Dr. Greg Appelbaum’s lab, researching the effects of rTMS, and has also interned at Boston Children’s Hospital, researching Niemann-Pick Disease Type C. For fun, she enjoys hiking and babysitting.

Bonnie Lerman, Trinity ’19
Major(s): Neuroscience
Bonnie is a senior from Long Island, New York, pursuing a major in neuroscience with a psychology minor. This summer, she will be a research assistant in the Klann Laboratory at New York University. There, she will be researching Fragile X Syndrome and how the pathway involved in the generation of repetitive behaviors affects learning and memory in mice lacking the fmrp gene. Outside of her studies, she is active in Relay for Life and also enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and waterskiing.

Ameen Ahmad, Trinity ’20
Major(s): Neuroscience
“My name is Ameen Ahmad, and I am from Cincinnati, Ohio. I am part of the class of 2020 and I am majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. I am currently a part of a Bass Connection Research Team under Dr. Christina L. Williams where we are studying the effects of exercise and how it may delay the onset and severity of neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s; as well as how differences in sexual dimorphism may relate to this. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy hanging out with friends, buying endless amounts of Il Forno cookies with my not so endless amount of food points, and running when I get the chance.”

Anna Hoover, Trinity ’19
Major(s): Neuroscience, Computer Science
Anna is a senior from Bethesda, Maryland double majoring in Neuroscience and Computer Science. Currently, Anna is working in Dr. Ergolu’s lab investigating the role of microglia in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Additionally, she has worked as a research assistant in the Duke Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab, where she studied electric field modeling of tACS in ferrets. In her free time, she enjoys reading and running.
Pratt Representative:

Tala Fakhoury, Pratt ’19
Major(s): Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience
Tala is a senior from Beirut, Lebanon double majoring in Biomedical engineering and neuroscience. She is really interested in neuro-engineering and finding ways to implement engineering methods in the diagnostic and treatment or neurological diseases. She is currently involved in a Brain-Machine Interface lab led by Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, which focuses on understanding the algorithms to motions and sensation and translating the information into digital data that can be implemented in neuroprosthetics. Aside from BME and Neuroscience, she enjoys watching and playing soccer and playing her guitar that she’s named Chloé.
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Mike PupiTrinity ’21
Major: Neuroscience
Mike is a sophomore from Holly Springs, North Carolina planning to major in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry. He is a research assistant in the Adcock Lab in the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience where he studies the neural basis of the connection between memory and motivation, as well as the efficacy of neurofeedback systems. Outside of academics, Mike enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends, and playing the bass guitar.

Publicity Chair:

Maya Samal, Trinity ’20
Major(s): Neuroscience
Maya is a junior from Lincoln, Nebraska, majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Linguistics and Chemistry. She is currently a research assistant in Dr.Keefe’s lab studying auditory perception and emotion recognition in young adults at high risk for Schizophrenia. In her free time, she enjoys leading TedXDuke and playing with dogs.

Underclassmen Representative:

Sophia Li,  Trinity ’21
Major(s): Neuroscience
Sophia Li is a sophomore from Acton, MA. As a prospective Neuroscience major and Political Science minor, she is extremely interested in the intersection between neuroscience and the law. Currently, she works as a research assistant in the Woldorff Lab where she studies the neural bases underlying attention and memory. Outside of academics, she enjoys photography, hiking, and baking.