Anna Leshinskaya – Founder, Website and Social Media Team
Anna Leshinskaya is a cognitive neuroscientist working as a post-doctoral researcher at U Penn. She believes that understanding the contents and components of our minds, and how they are made possible by the brain, is a radically important but popularly misunderstood endeavor. How does the science of the mind work? How well does it work? Anna started Neuwrite Philly in Fall 2015 because she believes that writing about science in publicly accessible media is an integral part of science itself. Prior to this, she was a member of Neuwrite Boston, an experience that was a great source of inspiration that she hopes to share with others. Other inspirational experiences included attending Canterbury Arts High School in Ottawa, Canada, attending Burning Man (where she led a poetry reading event and rode atop a brain-shaped art car), and windsurfing in the Caribbean.
Wade Miller is a senior chemistry major at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his interest in drug development and pharmacology, Wade has studied both the philosophy and history of science. When he is not researching “The Philosophy of Total Synthesis” or finding out how to enter the world of science policy, he has been known to dabble at bit with comedy/skit writing. Wade has also done some work for the science blog Conceptual Evolutions, which can be found here.
Dan Schwartz is a philosopher specializing in conceptions of science and technology in the ancient and early modern periods. He studied the Great Books at St. John’s College in Annapolis and then earned his PhD in philosophy at UC San Diego in 2014, writing a dissertation on Francis Bacon, a founding figure in the scientific revolution. He currently teaches Philosophy of Science courses at Rowan University in New Jersey. In his spare time, Dan enjoys crossfit, reading and writing science fiction, and drinking all the coffee. You can see what he is currently working on over at his blog, talesfromlaputa.com.
Colin earned his B.S. in Neurobiology with a Minor in Studio Art from Georgetown University in 2012, and has subsequently worked a research laboratory technician and manager at both Georgetown University Medical Center and UC Irvine. He is a contributing author on a number of primary research publications examining pharmacological and optogenetic interventions for epilepsy. His favorite of these papers involves controlling brains with lasers, a fact that makes his inner 12-year old positively giddy. He has since relocated to his native Philadelphia as he applies to medical school and he currently works as a medical scribe, where he aids physicians in writing charts. In addition to his work in the sciences, he is an amateur visual artist, working mostly with acrylic, inks, and digital photography. His portfolio can be viewed online here.
Aaron earned his B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University. He then moved to Philadelphia to earn his combined MD-PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is interested in neuroscience. In his research, Aaron is curious about how the connectivity of neurons can be related to network function and behavior, and clinically he is interested in either neurology or neurosurgery. Aaron joined Neuwrite Philly because he believes science writing and communication are important aspects of any scientist’s career, and hopes to develop his own skills and those of others. Outside of science, Aaron enjoys playing basketball, reading, and watching movies.
Meghan Rose Barrett – Website and Social Media Team
Meghan earned her B.S. in Biology and Creative Writing at SUNY Geneseo where she was a founding member of the first undergraduate Neuwrite/edu chapter. In 2016, she moved to Philly to attend Drexel University and earn her PhD in ‘bug brains’. Meghan has written a diverse mix of mathematical fiction, scientific poetry, and ethics-driven sci-fi plays (and even a historical fantasy RPG app, The Burning Trees of Ormen Mau). You can find her on FB, Twitter (@Abiogenesister), or her personal website, meghan-barrett.com, where you can catch up on her cat, addiction to hazelnut coffee, and current publications via her blog.