Principal investigator

0281_Best_mod Michael N. Economo, PhD                             mne at


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 wife “most likely to win a pie-eating contest.”





Maria ‘Vicky’ Moya, PhD                        mvmoya at

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 have a 3-hour conversation about space”


Graduate students


Erin E. Landry                                            elandry at

Erin grew up in Bangor Maine and majored in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University.  Erin plays the saxaphone, aspires to play the ukelele, and enjoys fermenting foods.  Erin was voted by her peers “most likely to become a farmer.”




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 live alone on an island.”




Jaclyn ‘Jackie’ Birnbaum                        jackie1b at

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 volunteer to ride in the trunk of a car.”



Undergraduate students (present)


Tabitha ‘Tabby’ Oanda                            tkoanda at

Tabby grew up in Nairobi, Kenya and is a Computer Science major at BU.  In her free time, Tabby enjoys building self-driving cars and was voted by her peers “most likely to be on Shark Tank.”



 Emma Hartman                                     emhart34 at

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 “most likely to fight a lab mouse for cheese (and win).”


Undergraduate students (past)

Prachi Kholwadwala (2020)

Brian Kendrick (2020)

Sangwook Park (2020)

Connor Burke (2019)

Michael Wallace (2019-2020)