During the summers of 2020 and 2021, the MGH Youth Neurology Education and Research Program employed more than two dozen brilliant and talented students interns from across the Greater Boston Area in paid, mentored research. The 2020 cohort identified as 68% female, 68% Black or Latino, 39% immigrant, and 61% first-generation students, representing communities disproportionately affected by neurologic disease and underrepresented in the neurology workforce, and our 2021 cohort is similarly diverse. These undergraduate and high school students engage in collaborative teams across numerous neurology labs spanning basic, translational, clinical, and health services research across neurologic conditions.

Photocollage of student faces 2020 Youth Neurology Education & Research Participants worked remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic

Our students develop their critical thinking abilities while exploring complex scientific questions and work towards novel discoveries in the field of Neurology. At the conclusion of the program, filled with literature reviews, data analyses and teamwork, students share their research findings with the broader scientific community through professional presentations. We look forward to supporting them in their future accomplishments and witnessing their contributions to healthcare and Neurology.

2021 Undergraduate Students

Angel Wanjiku Muthemba
Mentor:Dr. Andrea Harriott

Aya ElHassan
Mentor: Dr. Lidia Moura

Balwant-Amrit Virk Singh
Mentor: Dr. Amanda Guidon

Briana Maldonado Granados
Mentor: Dr. Ann-Marie Wills

Diara Canton
Mentor: Dr. Shibani Mukerji

Gina O'Brien
Mentor: Dr. Florian Eichler

Hridhi Islam
Mentor: Dr. Craig Blackstone

Jazzmine Sanderson
Mentor: Dr. Isabel Arrillaga-Romany

Marc-Kendy Paul
Mentor: Dr. Brian Edlow

Mariya Emille Inocentes
Mentor: Dr. Sabrina Paganoni

Matthew Freire Freitas
Mentor: Dr. Ghazaleh Sadri Vakili

Nildaliz Enamorado-Rodriguez
Mentor: Dr. Marcello Matiello

Taif Al Halabi
Mentor: Dr. Taylor Kimberly

Tatiana Vasquez
Mentor: Dr. Eric Klawiter

Victoria Derosla
Mentor: Dr. Yakeel Quiroz

2021 High School Students

Ahado Ali
Mentor:Dr. Shibani Mukerji

Arthur De Los Santos
Mentor: Dr. Marcello Matiello

Asia Eleanor Adams-Lemar
Mentor: Dr. Andrea Harriott

Chindara DeTillio-Eam
Mentor: Dr. Florian Eichler

Elias Omar Carrillo Pineda
Mentor: Dr. Taylor Kimberly

Hafcha Khanam
Mentor: Dr. Isabel Arrillaga-Romany

Ibta Chowdhury
Mentor: Dr. Amanda Guidon

Jenifer Chavez Reyes
Mentor: Dr. Ann-Marie Wills

Mariasusana Garcia
Mentor: Dr. Ghazaleh Sadri Vakili

Nawal Jemil Ibrahim
Mentor: Dr. Yakeel Quiroz

Nayeli Senayda Garmendia
Mentor:  Dr. Brian Edlow

Rafael Silva Ferreira
Mentor: Dr. Eric Klawiter

Sarah Kathryn Oliveira Condelli
Mentor: Dr. Lidia Moura

Selena Davis
Mentor:Dr. Sabrina Paganoni

Sharina Castillo
Mentor: Dr. Craig Blackstone

2020 Students

Undergraduate Students

Amy Ly
Mentor: Dr. Shibani Mukerji
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Junior at Tufts University

Alisha Shrestha
Mentor: Dr. Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Junior at Suffolk University

Alivin Morales-Giron
Mentor: Dr. Isabel Arrillaga-Romany
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Sophomore at Dartmouth College

Daniel Joseph Jr.
Mentor: Dr. Marcello Matiello
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Junior at Rochester Institute of Technology

Daniela Brea-Baez
Mentor: Dr. Lidia Moura
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at University of Massachusetts Amherst

Janiel Lewis
Mentor: Dr. Altaf Saadi
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Junior at Worcester State University

Juan Antonia Brea-Baez
Mentor: Dr. Yakeel Quiroz
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Sophomore at Salem State University

Juleen Lewis
Mentor: Dr. Andrea Harriott
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at University of Texas at Arlington

Luqman Shariff
Mentor: Dr. Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Mariana Quintero-Tapasco
Mentor: Dr. Eric Klawiter
Plans for the 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at Boston College

Patrick Adolphus
Mentor: Denitza Raitcheva
Plans for the 2020-2021 Academic Year: Junior at Harvard College

Talal Hamza
Mentor: Dr. Florian Eichler
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: First semester in the M.S. of Medical Sciences program at the Boston University School of Medicine.

High School Students

Adrianna Fusco
Mentor: Dr. Yakeel Quiroz
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at Revere High School

Alisa Regassa
Mentor: Dr. Yakeel Quiroz
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Freshman at Harvard College

Aliyah Rodriguez
Mentor: Dr. Shibani Mukerji
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at Community Charter School of Cambridge

Angel Lugo
Mentor: Dr. Eric Klawiter
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Freshman at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Carlos Mendoza
Mentor: Dr. Lidia Moura
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at East Boston High School

Cynthia Hydes
Mentor: Dr. Marcello Matiello
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Freshman at Florida Institute of Technology

Dania Hallak
Mentor: Dr. Altaf Saadi
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Freshman at Amherst College

Emily Santos
Mentor: Dr. Altaf Saadi
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at St. Mary’s High School

Frehiwot Tachebele
Mentor: Dr. Eric Klawiter
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at Chelsea High School

Ishivita Bali
Mentor: Dr. Lidia Moura
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Freshman at Boston University

Jason Acosta
Mentor: Dr. Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Freshman at Dartmouth College

Jenipher Silva
Mentor: Dr. Florian Eichler
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at Revere High School

Jessica Feng
Mentor: Dr. Marcello Matiello
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at Revere High School

Mahmoud Hallak
Mentor: Dr. Isabel Arrillaga-Romany
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at Revere High School

Mariana Crisanto
Mentor: Dr. Andrea Harriott
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Freshman at Mount Holyoke College

Maya Jean Mary
Mentor: Dr. Florian Eichler
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Freshman at Howard University

Salma Hazimeh
Mentor: Dr. Isabel Arrillaga-Romany
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Freshman at Cornell University

Sarah Reyes
Mentor: Dr. Shibani Mukerji
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at Revere High School

Stefania Yee
Mentor: Dr. Andrea Harriott
Plans for 2020-2021 Academic Year: Senior at New Mission High School