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 junior 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.
Rachel Donaldson, Trinity ’20
Rachel is a sophomore 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
Bonnie is a junior 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
“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.”