Team RITALIN

Brian Barnett (Team Liaison)

Brian Barnett is a double major in neurobiology/physiology and psychology. He is driven to obtain a PhD in neuroscience and perform cutting-edge research in his field. He hopes to further our biological understanding of consciousness. Besides his academic preferences, Brian is an avid musician and performs in the school orchestra and an amateur punk band.


Valerie Cohen

Valerie Cohen is a biochemistry major from Rockville, MD. She is actively involved in Alpha Chi Sigma, the chemistry fraternity. She loves traveling and hopes to eventually visit every continent (except maybe Antarctica). She intends to attend graduate school in biochemistry after graduation.







Taylor Hearn

Taylor Hearn is a bioengineering major from Sykesville, MD. He plans to attend graduate school to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, focusing on cardiovascular tissue engineering. In his free time, he enjoys playing various instruments, going to concerts, and just hanging out with friends!



Emily Jones (Web Liaison)

Emily Jones is a neurobiology/physiology and computer science double major. She is the webmaster for the Association for Women in Computing and the webmaster and graphics co-chair for Scientific Terrapin. This summer, she will be volunteering with the Unite for Sight Global Impact Corps in Accra, Ghana. She plans to complete a PhD in computational neuroscience. In her free time, she reads books on parallel distributed processing and enjoys her neural anatomy coloring book.



Reshma Kariyil (Financial Liaison)

Reshma is a neurobiology/physiology major and Spanish minor. After completing her undergraduate studies, she hopes to attend medical school. She enjoys teaching as a GEMS100 section leader and working as a tutor. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, dancing, and traveling.



Alice Kunin

Alice Kunin is a chemistry major who plans to attend graduate school after graduation and hopes to become a professor one day. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, teaching CHEM131, and watching Russian movies.



Sae In Kwak

Sae In Kwak is a biochemistry major with a potential math minor. She plans to attend medical school after college to become a reconstructive plastic surgeon who travels around the world and meet new people and help disadvantaged patients. She loves anything interesting related to biochem/chem (food spoilage indicator, nano metal technology, etc), perfumes, fashion, painting, dancing, and finding new superb restaurants. In her free time, she paints (mostly landscapes with acrylics), goes to galleries, collects designers' perfumes, and watches movies.

Jessica Lee (Team Secretary)

Jessica is a neurobiology/physiology major with a linguistics minor. She plans on going to medical school and becoming a pediatrician in the future. She is actively involved in the Gemstone Program as a GEMS100 SL and a GSC representative and researches child language acquisition on campus. Aside from schoolwork, she enjoys eating fruit and trying to learn how to whistle.



Brooke Lubinski

Brooke Lubinski is a neurobiology/physiology and psychology double major and Spanish minor. She plans to attend medical school. She loves Sharpie art and wasting hours on StumbleUpon. She wants to some day design a full outfit from Starburst wrappers. So far, she has a pair of shoes, a purse, and a bracelet.


Gautam Rao

Gautam Rao is planning on graduating with a degree in neurobiology/physiology and a minor in environmental economics and policy. He plans of attending medical school after graduation. His interests include playing tennis, karate and the flute.




Ashley Zhan

Ashley Zhan is a neurobiology/physiology major. After graduation, Ashley hopes to find a job that will allow her to live on a farm with her animals, bake her heart out, and travel the world.




Mentor: Dr. Matthew Roesch

Matt Roesch's laboratory studies the neural mechanisms of cognition, and their disturbance in disorders such as addiction and schizophrenia. Specifically, his lab is interested in the neural underpinnings of reward, learning, motivation, conflict and attention. Current research in his lab seeks to address the following question: How does the brain guide decisions based on expected outcomes and violations in those expectations? His lab addresses these issues with a variety of approaches, including neurophysiology, pharmacology, lesions and drug self-administration.

Librarian: Jim Miller

Jim Miller has been a reference librarian at the University of Maryland Engineering & Physical Sciences Library since 1980 (Senior Reference Librarian since 2000). He is the subject specialist for Aerospace Engineering, Agriculture, Bioengineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Patents and Trademarks, Plant Science, and Technical Reports. He is the College Park Patent & Trademark Resource Center (a US Patent & Trademark Office program) Representative and was the 18th Patent & Trademark Depository Library Program Fellow June 2001 - June 2002.