Alumni

Stephanie Holden
University of California, San Francisco  | PhD Candidate
Department of Neuroscience

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Stephanie was a member of BrainTrust from 2012-2014, where she served as Brain Injury Coordinator-Internal and VP Brain Injury Outreach. She hails from Seattle, Washington and graduated from MIT in 2014 with a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Now a student in the neuroscience PhD program at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is studying how TBI changes connections in the brain and causes abnormal activity that could lead to disorders such as epilepsy.

Jaclyn Konopka
Stanford University School of Medicine  | MD Candidate

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Jaclyn attended MIT from 2010-2014, where she studied Brain and Cognitive Sciences with a minor in Biology. During her time there she was a dedicated member of the MIT BrainTrust and also performed neurobiology research in the Nedivi Lab. After graduating, she began her next journey on the opposite coast as a medical student at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

During her four years with the MIT BrainTrust, Jaclyn served as President, Vice President, Brain Injury Coordinator, and Publicity Chair. Jaclyn’s time in BrainTrust was one of the most rewarding and valuable experiences she has ever had. In fact, she found the experience so rewarding that she worked with fellow BrainTrust alumna and Stanford medical student, Alissa Totman, to found a sister organization at Stanford, called Synapse. She received the Valley Fellowship from the Office of Community Health for her work with Synapse. The group, now led by a team of passionate Stanford undergraduates, provides support for individuals with brain injury and post concussion syndrome in the Palo Alto community. Jaclyn is extremely excited that she has been able to continue to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals with brain injury.

Eduardo Maury
Harvard Medical School  | MD-PhD Candidate

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Eduardo Maury was born in Cuba and lived there until he was 8, and then moved to Chile where he lived for 5 years. Eduardo graduated from MIT in 2016 with a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He was involved in BrainTrust for four years from 2012 to 2016. He served various roles such as Secretary, Brain Injury Coordinator external, and VP of Brain Injury Outreach. His experience in BrainTrust deeply shaped his desire to pursue medicine and conduct neuroscience research. Eduardo is currently a student at Harvard Medical School as part of the Harvard-MIT MD-PhD program, where he will continue to focus on neurodegeneration research as well as learning how to better care for patients in the future.

Christine Park
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine  | MD Candidate

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Originally from Chicago, Christine graduated from MIT in 2014 with a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. During her time in BrainTrust, she held several positions, including President, Historian and VP Brain Injury Outreach. After graduating from MIT in 2014, she worked as a clinical research coordinator for the Massachusetts General Hospital Orthopedic Spine and Oncology services, where she helped bring several studies to publication, including those on sacral tumors and coccydynia. She also presented at various MGH events, winning the 2015 MGH Clinical Research Day Departmental Award in Orthopedics. In fall of 2016 she began medical school at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, where she is currently a student.

Abra Shen
Harvard Medical School  | MD Candidate

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Abra grew up in Toronto, Ontario and graduated from MIT in 2016 with a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Theater Arts. During her four years at MIT, she served as BrainTrust’s Recruitment Chair, VP Marketing, Historian, and Treasurer. She conducted neuroscience research at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and clinical research in cancer survivorship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center. She is currently in medical school at Harvard and is excited for the future.

Lakshmi Subbaraj
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine  | MD Candidate

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Lakshmi grew up in Fremont, California and graduated from MIT in 2016 with a B.S. in Computer Science and Molecular Biology and a minor in Literature. She conducted research in the Jacks lab at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. During her four years in BrainTrust, she served as President, VP of Brain Injury Outreach, Brain Injury Coordinator Internal, and Conference Coordinator. Lakshmi’s experiences in research and BrainTrust motivated her to pursue medicine and provide care for those with lifelong illnesses. She is currently back in California as a medical student at UCSF and is excited for new opportunities.

Alissa Totman
Stanford University School of Medicine  | MD Candidate
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health  | MPH Candidate

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Originally from Lynnfield, Massachusetts, Alissa Totman graduated from MIT in 2013 with a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a minor in Biology. Alissa was a member of the MIT BrainTrust from 2010-2013, and spent time in various roles including President, Brain Injury Coordinator, and Publicity Chair. Her experience in BrainTrust played a large role in her decision to pursue a career as a physician with a focus on Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

In 2013, Alissa began medical school at the Stanford School of Medicine, and in the fall of 2014 she joined forces with Jaclyn Konopka, fellow BrainTrust alumna and Stanford medical student, to start a sister organization to support individuals with brain injury. She received the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for her work with the group. While at Stanford, Alissa also conducted research on rehabilitation for TBI with the Rehabilitation Research Center at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. In August 2016 Alissa left Stanford to pursue a Master’s of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she currently studies Health Management. She is very excited to be back in Boston and to have the opportunity to reconnect with BrainTrust. After completing her MPH she plans to return to Stanford to complete her MD, and then to pursue residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.