Editor-in-Chief, Events Coordinator: Chloe Dahleen

Hi everyone! My name is Chloe Dahleen and I am a senior at UW majoring in neuroscience and minoring in bioethics. My current research is in the neurodegeneration field — I’m learning about the interactions between tau and tubulin, and how tubulin may prove to have therapeutic uses in the fight against tauopathic disease. I’m especially interested in the intersection of neuroscience, language, and public/global health, and lately I’ve been pursuing neuroethics research with the Neuroethics Thrust at UW looking at how the ways we communicate about science influence our interactions with health, medicine, and new technologies. To me, one of the most beautiful aspects of neuroscience is how integrative and interdisciplinary the field is — it is an endlessly fascinating amalgamation of biology, philosophy, and social science, allowing us to grapple with the human experience at its core. When I’m not attending class, working in the lab, or volunteering, you can find me reading a good book, taking long walks on campus, or baking!

Why I joined Grey Matters:

I love Grey Matters because of its unique niche as a deeply scientific journal that utilizes many other disciplines — art, English, philosophy, and more — to create a stunning product each quarter. Built by undergraduates to break down barriers of access to neuroscience, Grey Matters is more than just a publication: it is a team of dedicated students building a brighter and more diverse future for the field. Working with, and forming friendships with, these students has been the highlight of my undergraduate experience, and learning from their ideas and experiences has inspired me in myriad ways. With a mission to make STEM accessible to everyone and to help students develop key skills in art, writing, and leadership, Grey Matters is a place for any student hoping to enrich their college experience!

Editor-in-Chief, Events Coordinator: Jaydev Bhateja

Hi everyone! My name is Jay and I’m thrilled to be a senior pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Computer Science at the UW! I hope to synthesize these two fields and use them to inform each other, improving technology to analyze neural data, and using neural data to inform the way we design vast informational systems like neural networks. I currently work in the Steinmetz lab on the former of these goals, and enjoy exploring vast troves of spikes. It is beyond stimulating to study the two most intelligent entities in the known world.

When I’m not drowning in STEM classes, I love to sing, dance, and write. My culture is a huge part of who I am, and also of what I do: I learn South Asian languages for fun, including Punjabi, Urdu, and Sanskrit. I sing South Asian music, and have danced Kathak for 4 years. You may recognize me in my signature traditional pathani salwar, music in hand, singing or dancing (and sometimes both) on the way to class or lab. If you do, come say hi! :D

Why I joined Grey Matters:

Grey Matters is the most established neuroscience RSO on campus, and has helped me develop my skills in a wide variety of areas, from translating advanced research articles to fundraising and event planning. I cannot help but admire the amazing quality of the work that happens here, and am privileged to be a part of it. I look forward to continuing to make an impact on the UW and Seattle community by growing Grey Matters’ budget, article corpus, and reach. Additionally, I am over the moon about our expansion into a YouTube channel, podcasts, diversity initiatives, and other chapters!

Senior Editor: Carter Bass

Hi everyone! My name is Carter, and I’m currently a senior pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Biochemistry. I am also a student researcher helping investigate interactions in the biologically vital mTOR pathway that change in mice neurons as a result of common mutations implicated in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), including Shank3, Fmr1, and Homer1. I have loved exploring the diverse areas of neuroscience during my time at the UW and have enjoyed caring for patients afflicted with various neurodegenerative disorders and diseases, and I hope to carry these passions into a career in medicine as a neurologist. When I’m not working in the lab or studying for exams, you can usually find me in the gym, writing music, or cooking with friends!

Why I joined Grey Matters:

I first joined Grey Matters in autumn quarter of my freshman year as an Editor in hopes of integrating myself into a community of science-oriented students who shared an interest in neuroscience with myself. Since then, I’ve been continually impressed by the outstanding work of my leadership colleagues and the academic and creative efforts of our many members. Grey Matters has consistently proven its ability to transform a practically esoteric field of study into a larger scientific exploration any unknowledgeable person can dive into, understand, and share. Working with Grey Matters has been a great way for me to hone my writing skills, digestion of primary scientific literature, and understanding of research methodology, and as a student dedicated to pursuing a career in medicine, this experience could not have been more valuable. If you are interested in science and are seeking an activity to enhance your time at the UW, Grey Matters is the place to be!

Head of Operations: Khushi Yadav

Hi! My name is Khushi Yadav and I am a sophomore at UW planning to major in Neuroscience and Biochemistry. My favorite thing about neuroscience is disease and disorder development (aka basically just anything regarding neurodegeneration and mental illness). I currently work in the Bruchas lab studying the effects of THC in the brain via oral consumption in mice, and have researched Alzheimer’s disease causation and progression in the past. In my spare time, I love to sing and write music, creep myself out by binge watching horror movies, and create an infinite number of schedules and to-do lists to organize my life.

Why I joined Grey Matters:

Ever since I was in elementary school, my favorite two subjects have been science and english, and when I first heard about this club, I was ready to burst with excitement. And while getting to write and read about neuroscience is super cool, what makes Grey Matters unique (and why I love it so much) is that there’s a supportive community here. From discord messages in the middle of the night recommending which classes to take, to being able to hop on a meeting with someone and navigate through work together- everyone is always eager to help. And that energy is carried on to the rest of the community, with Grey Matters always being the first to point out its flaws and constantly taking steps to increase accessibility and understanding for every potential audience member.

Design Director: Carolina Gokingco

Hello! I’m Carolina (class of 2023), currently majoring in physiology at the UW. I’m part of a lab with a focus on the genetics of aging, so Grey Matters often covers the intersections of the two, be it through the discussion of neurodegenerative disorders, circadian rhythms, and more. Outside the lab or classroom, I spend a decent amount of time in the bouldering gym, at the pool, or at some table with some friends playing Settlers of Catan or Bananagrams.

Why I joined Grey Matters:

Seeing the physical journal at the RSO fair—the quality of the articles’ art and writing! They were incredibly beautiful, and I was pretty much sold after seeing a stereotypically-daunting subject like neuroscience appear so artful and compelling. Additionally, I love Grey Matter’s mission of making neuroscience more engaging and accessible to a wider audience, so it’s been incredibly rewarding to learn how layout design can further that mission by bridging the science and art together.

Outreach Director: Brandon Wu

Hi everyone! My name is Brandon, and I am a junior studying Public Health and Neuroscience. More specifically, I am passionate about learning how to address mental health on a population-wide scale with an equity centered mindset. However, my current lab research in the UW Diabetes Institute is on using mice models to explore the neural mechanisms of hunger/obesity and how it relates to thermoregulation. Through learning about these topics and many others along the way, I’ve learned that since it gives a portal into the inner workings of our consciousness, neuroscience is important to every realm of study. This is what drew me to it originally and is why I continue to be fascinated by it. Outside of school, I love everything music related whether it be marching with the Husky Marching Band, playing old big band jazz tunes, or just listening to Andy Grammer on spotify!

Why I joined Grey Matters:

Grey Matters was the very first extracurricular I found in fall of freshman year, and it has since been a highlight of my time at UW. From the welcoming community, to the exhilaration of being able to publish in an undergraduate journal, to now hosting brain dissections for K-12 students, Grey Matters has been the definition of college academic freedom to learn and grow with a group of other passionate students. Not only has it helped me with soft skills such as scientific writing and public speaking, but it has also helped me learn how to effectively research a topic, connect to the community, and work together with a tireless leadership team. I’m looking forward to another wonderful year in Grey Matters!

Finance Director: Rishabh Chowhan

Hey y’all! My name is Rishabh Chowhan, and I’m a third-year student in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, intending to double major in Neuroscience. I am especially interested in research related to neurodegenerative diseases and neurosurgery, and I plan on going to medical school to hopefully become a neurosurgeon one day! In my spare time, I watch anime, build legos, skate (not very well), listen to music, and draw!

I’m from the Bay Area in California, and although it’s my second year on campus, I still feel like I have so much to explore in Seattle and the surrounding areas! I'm trying to meet as many people as possible, so if you’re ever bored or want to explore parts of Seattle definitely reach out! I’m super psyched for this year, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone soon! Have an amazing year, and say hi if you see me on campus!

Why I joined Grey Matters:

I’ve always been passionate about science and although I’ve been especially interested in neuroscience, the field seemed particularly intimidating to me. I felt this even more so at UW, so I was looking for a community where I could comfortably learn more about neuroscience, engage with others who are equally passionate about the field and feel less of the cutthroat pressure and more support. Grey Matters checked off all those boxes for me because of how this group of passionate individuals facilitates a beautiful STEM/Humanities intersection, weaving together science, art, and writing, all to make neuroscience more accessible!

Diversity Director: Yahir Gonzalez

Hello friends! My name is Yahir and I am a sophomore looking to major in neuroscience or biology on the pre-medicine track. I currently work with the Golden Lab studying the neural mechanisms of aggression, addiction, and depression with an emphasis on social defeat stress. I am interested in how historical trauma and current systemic injustices play a role in the psychiatric disorders that marginalized populations (particularly in rural areas) develop and the destigmatization of treatment for such disorders in these communities. Outside of academics I really enjoy spending time in community - whether that be attending concerts, playing sports, or taking names in Super Smash Bros. If you have any questions about joining the Outreach Team, please do not hesitate to reach out! :)

Why I joined Grey Matters:

Accessibility and equity have always been at the forefront of all my efforts, I often found myself invested in collectives with the mission of uplifting the human condition. Grey Matters is no different in their goal to make neuroscience accessible for all. Coming from an underrepresented background myself, when I learned that I could be involved in the development of a project that would encourage underserved communities to pursue their interests in neuroscience - I knew I had to jump at the opportunity! In the words of one of my favorite activists, Dr. Angela Davis, “It is in collectivities that we find reservoirs of hope and optimism.” Similarly, I believe that Grey Matters is doing their part in building a future where science is more inclusive and accessible for everyone, regardless of their background - and to me, this is something worth celebrating.

Website Director: Precious Stowers

Hey ya’ll! I’m Precious and I'm a third year majoring in Informatics and minoring in English. I specialize in UX/UI design and Front-End web development, as well as competing in hackathons here at the UW. I absolutely love writing and designing stories that are accessible to all people, as well as learning how to be better within the intersection of design and technology. Outside of the classroom, you can probably find me at your nearest bookstore, coffee shop or farmers market staring at the local flowers.

Why I joined Grey Matters:

I joined Grey Matters because as an Informatics major, the brain is everything. I wanted to learn more about neuroscience as I 100% believed in Grey Matter’s motto of making neuroscience more accessible, and wanted to incorporate my skills with the rest of the team. For me, Grey Matters has introduced me to wonderful and talented people outside of my major that I would not have traditionally met in my classes.

Marketing Director: Zainab Nasir

Hi! My name is Zainab, and I’m a sophomore intending to major in Neuro, minoring in Bioethics, Computational Neuro, and Data Science! I’m currently part of the Schwartz Lab at the UW Medicine Diabetes Institute and analyzing data as part of the GRID Lab at UW Neurosurgery. I love rating and exploring new places in the city, watching k-dramas, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee!

Why I joined Grey Matters:

Initially, I joined Grey Matters as an editor, because I was too nervous to start writing. I stayed on as an editor for two more quarters because I loved the community it brought and the new topics I was learning about throughout the editing process. Grey Matters allowed me to learn about more complicated neuroscience topics with a community of people who shared similar interests with me. I am excited to be part of the Grey Matters Marketing team, where I can expand sharing my interests with the UW community alongside all of you!

Editing Coordinator: Jane Chea

Hi everyone, I’m Jane! I’m currently a senior and majoring in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at the UW. I’m really interested in how the regulation of our genes play an integral role in basically every process in our bodies and how our different molecular systems interact to allow us to function normally in our day-to-day lives. In my spare time, I’ve been enjoying painting, watching TV shows on Netflix, playing games, and hanging with friends!

Why I joined Grey Matters:

Reading about existing and upcoming scientific research and writing are two things that I love! When I saw that Grey Matters had a scientific journal published every quarter, I thought that it would be a great opportunity for me to take part in both of my interests. After joining, I’ve been able to do just that and met inspiring individuals that have a passion for neuroscience and for writing. Their experience has taught me so much about how to make science more accessible and engaging in ways that I had not learned before. Furthermore, being able to be at the forefront of producing a journal filled with creative topics, compelling writing, and breathtaking art are now some of the few things that I love about Grey Matters. Being able to learn about so many new things in neuroscience, biology, and psychology is what has inspired me to keep exploring and diving into my interests. I hope that Grey Matters can serve as a way for other people to connect with others who share the same interests as them and to cultivate their passions too!

Production Manager, Social Media Officer: Phoenix Davis

Hi y’all! My name is Phoenix. I’m a junior majoring in Biology with an emphasis in physiology. I’m currently researching at the Bruchas Lab helping to uncover the neurological relationship between stress and binge eating as well as new project I will be taking on studying the role of Neuropeptide S in natural and drug seeking behaviors specifically within the release of NPS from the locus coeruleus to the orbitofrontal cortex. I have a tremendous passion for studying the biochemical mechanisms behind addiction and mental illness in the brain and the possible pharmacological treatments for said diseases .Currently, so much about the brain has yet to be discovered, especially within my specific interest. Being able to pioneer a new frontier that has the ability to benefit an astounding number of people is why I fell in love with neuroscience.

When I’m not in class, the lab, or volunteering you can find me playing violin in the Campus Philharmonic Orchestra, reading a good book, beating everyone at Mario Kart, or snuggling up with my cat for a nap.

Why I joined Grey Matters:

Grey Matters is an astounding RSO determined to expose undergraduates and people of the community to neuroscience through group discussions of science research topics, public events, and even allows undergraduates to write on relevant subjects they find fascinating. The initial thing that drew me to Grey Matters was the exquisite quality and accessibility of their articles. It was even more astounding that all of the production was done by undergraduates. My first quarter I decided to take a leap of faith and ended up writing my own article. I loved the experience, and have been involved with Grey Matters ever since. Grey Matters has helped me develop my ability to analyze sometimes daunting and dense scientific research papers, and translate them into something artistically creative and beautiful. I have also learned how to successfully work with a team, and made numerous friends through the process. I am excited to see Grey Matters continuously expand and reach more and more people around Seattle.

Production Manager: Ian Guan

Hi! My name is Ian and I’m currently a senior studying molecular biology and English writing. My interests within this field largely pertain to pharmaceuticals and how our medicines interact with our brain to contribute to issues like addiction and neurological change. I am also really big on science communication and education, as I love spreading new concepts to new audiences and learning how others learn by writing and speaking.  

When I’m not writing, speaking, or editing, I enjoy volunteering with local youth groups, going on food crawls in the city, and going all-in on the poker table.

Why I joined Grey Matters:

I’ve always valued simplicity in teaching the most cutting-edge and new topics within a field. Neuroscience is an emerging field rife with new findings that have large impacts on our daily lives, but so much of these findings are poorly disseminated. Many research articles are locked behind paywalls, and when you do get through the paywalls, they are filled with so much technical jargon that makes you rethink your decision of paying to learn about these findings. Grey Matters offers an opportunity to learn and, most importantly, create our own articles that combine the complexity of cutting-edge research with the simplicity of communication to a wide audience. The article production team consisting of UW undergraduates, leadership members, and mentors provide a space that ensures scientific accuracy without sacrificing accessibility.

Production Manager: Meena Shanmugam

Hi! I’m Meena and I’m a senior majoring in microbiology. My introduction to neuroscience began with me learning of my grandmother’s diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease. Through working with a lab in high school that focused on neurodegenerative diseases and PD in particular, I was able to gain a better understanding of PD and how it was affecting my grandmother over the years. My academic interests are in neurodegenerative diseases, mental health awareness, the gut-brain axis, and the inextricable link between environmental health and gut health. I’m part of a lab where I design plasmids and gene knockouts using CRISPR to decipher what particular genes enable certain cyanobacterial species to resist climate change over billions of years. I also contribute to a team of researchers that evaluate recently developed gastrointestinal endoscopy techniques. In my free time, you’ll find me listening to The Weeknd, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.

Why I joined Grey Matters:

I’ve always found writing to be my medium of choice when it comes to communication. I love how each word has multiple emotions associated with it, and that each emotion can be conveyed with a multitude of words. When I heard of Grey Matters in my sophomore year, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to combine my interest in neuroscience with my passion for writing into making neuroscience accessible for a wide variety of audiences. Grey Matters has introduced me to many topics in neuroscience and connected me to a diverse group of learners in the scientific research community as well. It’s really wonderful that Grey Matters challenges the rigidity of science and allows for freedom of expression, blurring the lines between science and art. Being involved with Grey Matters has motivated me to dive into scientific papers with a newfound sense of engagement, and for that I’ll always be thankful.

Special Projects Manager: Hayden Goldberg

Hi everyone! My name is Hayden Goldberg and I’m a senior majoring in political science and economics. Yep, that’s right. You don’t need to be a STEM major to be involved in Grey Matters. On the production side of things, I usually serve as a (core) editor and help guide authors through the drafting process and make sure their explanations are clear and accessible. On the operations side of Grey Matters, I assist other leadership members on project and program development and spend a lot of time thinking about what the future of Grey Matters could look like. Outside of Grey Matters, I follow my intellectual curiosity wherever it takes me. You can usually find me nerding out on statistics or books, working on my rhetorical research project, encouraging people to vote, rowing, skiing, or training for triathlons.

Why I joined Grey Matters:

I joined Grey Matters as an editor because I wanted to challenge myself to help others produce clear and concise explanations of complex topics. Neuroscience always sounded really neat to me, and this was a great opportunity to target both of these interests. I’ve stuck around because it's where I found my best friends.