Principal investigator


Michael N. Economo, PhD              

Mike is a Greek-Canadian southerner who grew up in North Carolina.  Mike got his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and Boston University and completed postdoctoral training at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus.  Mike enjoys biking, basketball, and photography in his free time – despite being mediocre at all of them – and loves the outdoors.  Mike was voted by his lab “most likely to get rid of his smartphone and go back to using a flip phone.”




Maria ‘Vicky’ Moya, PhD          

Vicky was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Boulder, CO and Austin, TX.  Vicky completed her undergraduate degree in Neurobiology at The University of Texas and her PhD at the Rockefeller University in Neuroscience.  Vicky is an aficionado of coffee, Star Wars, breakfast tacos, and was voted by her peers “most likely to show up at your doorstep with soup when you’re sick.”


Graduate students



Munib Hasnain                          

Munib is a native of Houston, TX and received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston.  Munib is an avid basketball player and was voted by his peers “most likely to sleep through an earthquake.”




Jaclyn ‘Jackie’ Birnbaum           

Jackie grew up on Long Island and graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience.  Jackie is an avid outdoorswoman and can often be found kayaking on the Charles.  Jackie was voted by her peers “most likely to survive the zombie apocalypse.”




Jack Vincent                                 

Jack grew up in California and North Carolina, and has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from UNC Chapel Hill and a MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arizona. He enjoys jazz, reading (and talking) about World War 2 and old American presidents, playing badminton, and doing the New York Times crossword. Jack was voted by his peers “most likely to become internet famous.”



Will Cunningham                      

Will is an easy-going, music(al) loving nerd. After receiving dual degrees (Mathematics and Computer science) from University of Rochester, he worked for two years as a software developer at Epic Systems. Realizing he was too intellectually curious to work solely as a programmer, he joined GPN (Graduate Program for Neuroscience) in 2021. His current goals in the Economo lab are to investigate and better understand the mechanisms that control plasticity, including dopamine, in the motor cortices. Outside of his professional life he loves rock climbing, hiking, sharing music, playing board games and geeking out with passionate people. Will was voted by his peers “most likely to be a superhero.”



Tudor Dragoi                              

Tudor grew up in Houston, Texas and completed his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Brandeis University. After graduating from Brandeis, Tudor joined the lab of Mriganka Sur at MIT as a research associate for 3 years. At Boston University, Tudor is a PhD student and part of the graduate program for Neuroscience. Outside of science, Tudor enjoys soccer, cooking and traveling. Tudor was voted by his peers “most likely to break a world record.”



Preshita Dave                            

Preshita is from Bangalore, India and majored in Biotechnology at RV College of Engineering. She is currently completing her Master’s in Bioinformatics at Boston University. She likes to read, crochet stuffed animals and finds raccoons adorable. Preshita was voted by her peers “most likely to get lost.”



Undergraduate students (present)


 Emma Hartman                      

Emma grew up in Canton, Massachusetts and is a biomedical engineering major at BU.  Emma is currently enjoying her retirement from the grueling world of high school rowing and spends her free time coding with her Girls Who Code chapter, cooking gluten free food that doesn’t taste like chalk, and building an app for her FeelGood chapter.  Emma was voted by her peers “most likely to run away with the circus.”


Graduate students (past)

Erin Landry (2019-2021)


Undergraduate students (past)

Tabitha Oanda (2020)

Prachi Kholwadwala (2020)

Brian Kendrick (2020)

Sangwook Park (2020)

Connor Burke (2019)

Michael Wallace (2019-2020)