Student / Postdoctoral Committee


To represent student members in the INS and to make recommendations to the board on behalf of the student membership.

Composition & Terms

The Student/Postdoc Committee is composed of a Student/Postdoc Representative, nominated by the membership, reviewed by the Nominating Committee and selected by the board, with additional students approved by the board.  Each student member serves a 2-year term in a staggered order.


Specific duties and responsibilities will be developed by committee members in coordination with the Executive Committee and the Governing Board.


The Student/Postdoc Representative will report to the Executive Committee and/or the President of the International Neuroethics Society.

2016 Committee Members


Marcello Ienca

University of Basel

Marcello Ienca is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Institute of Biomedical Ethics of the University of Basel (Switzerland). He holds degrees in Philosophy and Bioethics from the University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy), the Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany) and the KU Leuven (Belgium). In 2012 he was a Barbara Wengeler visiting scholar at the New York University. His major areas of investigation include the ethical future of pervasive neurotechnology and the social implications of brain-computer interaction. His current research focuses on the ethics of neurosecurity and the use of intelligent assistive technologies in dementia care. In 2015 he was awarded the Arsélio Pato de Carvalho Prize for Social Responsibility in Neuroscience from the University of Porto.


Farhan Ahmad

University of Texas San Antonio

Farhan Ahmad is a joint B.S./M.D. student at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has had a variety of experiences helping underserved communities and leading grassroots initiatives. Farhan is passionate about the intersection of public health, policy, and neuroethics. He co-developed a program to help rural village women in Machu Picchu, Peru become health care educators and co-founded VideoMed, a telemedicine approach to mental illness in the homeless, which has been featured on NBC, FOX, and NPR affiliates.

Matthew L. Baum

Harvard Medical School

Matthew L Baum is an MD-PhD student in the combined program of Harvard and MIT, where he hopes to integrate his interests in the science, medicine, and ethics of mental health. In his current PhD work in the laboratories of Beth Stevens and Steve McCarroll, he is part of a collaborative team investigating a hypothesis that altered pruning of neural connections might play a role in the development of schizophrenia. Baum also attended programs the University of Oxford, Trinity College Dublin, and Yale University. He is a former chair of the INS Student/Postdoc Committee and the author of The Neuroethics of Biomarkers: What the Development of Bioprediction Means for Moral Responsibility, Justice, and the Nature of Mental Disorder, published in 2016 by Oxford University Press.

Tim Brown

University of Washington

David Fischer

Harvard Medical School

David is a medical student at Harvard Medical School, planning to pursue a career in neurology. His scientific and neuroethical interests involve human consciousness and noninvasive brain stimulation.



Joseph Wszalek

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Joseph Wszalek is the inaugural member of the “Neuroscience and Law” JD/PhD program through the University of Wisconsin. He is a doctoral candidate in Dr. Lyn Turkstra’s Communication and Cognition Lab, where he studies the interactions among language comprehension, social cognition, and traumatic brain injury, with an emphasis on legal contexts. A licensed attorney, he holds a law degree cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was a Wisconsin Idea Scholar, a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow through the US Department of Education and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for European Studies, and Senior Articles Editor for the Wisconsin International Law Journal.

Sara Rose Kimmich


I am a neuroimaging researcher at National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland. My research has focused largely around sex differences in the resting state connectivity of clinical populations, and in the biological basis of gender identity in healthy populations. I am now pursuing paradigms in real-time fMRI neurofeedback and decision making and enjoy working at the cutting edge of methods development in fMRI. The core motivation of my work is explore how neuroscience, ethics, and culture intersect in ways that can inform both classification and treatment of mental illness.

Matthew Reyes

University of Manila

Born and raised in the Philippines, Matthew Reyes is a medical student on his final year at St. Luke's College of Medicine - William H. Quasha Memorial. Growing up witness to various scenes of social inequality living in a postcolonial, third-world country which fueled his passion to serve the underprivileged, he took his pre-med degree in Biochemistry at the University of the Philippines-Manila. In college, had been actively involved in several student-run organizations and founded interest groups each for Ultimate Frisbee and for Capoeira in the university. He has been travelling to remote, inaccessible areas in the Philippines to help build schools and self-sustaining communities through his and his friends' initiative, Juan Portrait, while also employing his enthusiasm for photography. Being fascinated by the brain and behavior, he aspires to become a neurologist and/or neuroscientist someday and has a wide range of interests related to music, cultures, poetry, philosophy, consciousness, and enjoying this life and making it count. 


Elba Serrano

Stanford University

Regents Professor Elba Serrano (Ph.D. Stanford University) is a faculty member at New Mexico State University whose research focuses on neural tissue engineering and disorders of hearing and balance. She has been continuously funded by over $15 million in external awards since her arrival at NMSU in 1992 (NIH; NASA; NSF; CINT; Whitehall Foundation). Dr. Serrano has worked to broaden participation in STEM as PI/PD of NIH research training programs (RISE; BP-ENDURE BRAiN) and as primary research mentor for over 110 NMSU graduate and undergraduate students (Crimson Scholar; Work-Study; RISE; AMP; MARC; NMSGC; BRIDGES; HHMI; DSP) with whom she has published over 100 journal articles and abstracts. Her former students hold faculty positions in diverse academic settings, from minority-serving community colleges to research intensive medical school departments. Professor Serrano has taught over 3000 NMSU students and developed 23 different courses at all academic levels (non-majors freshman to graduate doctoral). Dr. Serrano fosters the professional development of junior faculty and has participated as a mentor in the NSF ADVANCE program since its inception at NMSU. A member of the NMSU Honors College Faculty, Dr. Serrano is the recipient of a NMSU Donald C. Roush Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2015 SACNAS Distinguished Research Mentor Award. She is an elected AAAS Fellow and serves as a roster member of the NIH NIDCD Council and of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (Dr. Francis Collins). Dr. Serrano currently is co-Chair of the NIH ACD Working Group on Diversity that is tasked with developing recommendations for increasing representation of diverse groups in biomedical research. She has a special interest in neuroethics and has offered courses, workshops, and lectures on science, ethics, and society for about 20 years.