People

Rashmina Sayeeda

Rashmina Sayeeda

Rashmina is currently an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience and is expected to graduate in 2024. Her research interests include understanding the effects of sleep deprivation on people with and without depression. Apart from school, she likes to cook new recipes and travel!

Irene Zhu

Irene Zhu

Irene is an undergraduate student studying Physics and is expected to graduate in 2023. Her interests include studying the brain using imaging methods such as MRI. Outside of school, she likes skating and playing volleyball.

Massinissa Bosli

Massinissa Bosli

Massinissa is an undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Machine Learning at Boston University and plans to graduate in 2024. His interests include coding, machine learning, and using AI in medicine. Outside of school, he enjoys playing soccer, running, and sailing. Currently, Massi is assisting in collecting data for the sleep deprivation studies.

Joseph Licata

Joseph Licata

Joseph is an undergraduate student studying Biomedical Engineering at Boston University, expecting to graduate in 2025. His interests include optimizing the functionality of neurotechnology, studying neurodegenerative disorders, and examining how sleep deprivation affects the emotional centers of the brain. Outside of school, he enjoys making music as well as working on independent engineering projects.

Anne-Sophie

Anne-Sophie

Anne-Sophie is an undergraduate student studying neuroscience and psychology and is graduating in 2023. She is interested in the relationship between brain activity and cognition. Outside of school, she likes to play piano, read, and visit new places.

Marissa Ruiz

Marissa Ruiz

Marissa is an undergraduate student studying biomedical engineering who is expecting to graduate in 2025. She is interested in biomedical devices ranging from prosthetics to MRI scanners and everything in between. She currently assists with data collection for the sleep deprivation studies. Outside of school Marissa is involved with the BU figure skating team. She also loves to cook!

Courtney Zambello, Lab Manager

Courtney Zambello, Lab Manager

Courtney Zambello is the Lab Manager in the Lewis Lab. She received her Master of Public Health from Boston University with a concentration in Program Management. She was a scholar athlete at Merrimack College and graduated with a B.S. in Health Sciences and as a Board-Certified Athletic Trainer. She previously worked as a Triage Specialist at Boston University in the Heathway Division and as the Head Athletic Trainer at Pembroke High School, specializing in concussion protocols. Courtney currently volunteers for the World Health Organization assisting in generating a user-friendly database regarding drug pricing transparency on the global scale.


Stephanie Anawke, Research Assistant

Stephanie Anawke, Research Assistant

Stephanie is a recent graduate who majored in neuroscience and minored in math. While in undergrad, she became interested in computational neuroscience, leading her to investigate the function of beta waves in decision-making at the Chand Lab and to study how mice compute visual motion through the Janelia Research Program. She is interested in learning more about computational methods and models applied in the field of clinical research and medicine.

Ronald Huang, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ronald Huang, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ronald is an undergraduate student interested in using software to study brain activity and other areas of biomedical engineering. Outside of school, he enjoys working out and playing volleyball and tennis.

Irene Zhu, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Irene Zhu, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Irene is an undergraduate student studying Physics and is expected to graduate in 2023. Her interest include studying the brain using imaging methods such as MRI. Outside of school, she likes skating and playing volleyball.

Nicholas Cicero, Graduate Student

Nicholas Cicero, Graduate Student

Nicholas is a student in the graduate program for neuroscience at Boston University. He received his B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University in 2020. As a research assistant and lab manager in the Affect and Cognition Lab at Cornell he helped collect and analyze functional MRI data in younger, middle, and older healthy adults. With this data he characterized altered functional coupling between brainstem and subcortical areas during selective attention and long-term memory. He additionally helped analyze resting-state functional MRI data in relation to measures of heart rate variability and gut microbiome species. His primary research interests are applying functional neuroimaging techniques to understand temporal and spatial dynamics of subcortical and brainstem nuclei.

Iris Vinal, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Iris Vinal, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Iris is an undergraduate student studying Neuroscience and is expected to graduate in 2023. Her interests include studying the effects of psychological disorders on brain signals. Outside of school, she likes to go on hikes with her dogs and paint.