Student/Postdoc Committee

The Student/Postdoc Committee represents early career members of the INS, their interests, and makes recommendations to the Board regarding initiatives affecting students and postdoc members. The committee currently manages the Neuroethics Essay Contest, social media take-overs, and contributes to the development of mentoring activities for Society members.

The committee accepts a select number of new members each year and is always in need of fresh ideas and perspectives. If you are interested in nominating yourself or a fellow student or trainee INS member, contact INS Executive Director Karen Graham ([email protected]). We especially welcome nominees from historically underrepresented or marginalized communities — women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities — as well as from our colleagues in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.


Student/Postdoc Representative

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Olivia Matshabane

University of Cape Town
U.S. National Institutes of Health

Olivia Matshabane, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow with a joint appointment between the University of Cape Town and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Her research explores the ethical, legal, social, and cultural implications of genetics and neurogenetics research among marginalized populations. She is currently investigating attitudes and beliefs about the experimental treatment of deep brain stimulation in people affected by neuropsychiatric disorders.


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Juhi Farooqui

Carnegie Mellon University

Juhi Farooqui is a graduate student in Neural Computation at the Neuroscience Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research, in the University of Pittsburgh's Rehab Neural Engineering Labs, focuses on computational modeling of the spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion for somatosensory neuroprosthetic applications. She is broadly interested in neurotechnology and its impacts on society, and works on organically engaging neural engineers with neuroethics. She was previously a post-baccalaureate fellow at the Center for Neurotechnology at the University of Washington.

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Stephanie Hare

University of Maryland

Stephanie Hare received her PhD in neuroscience with a concentration in neuroethics from Georgia State University in 2018. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Hare’s research focuses on biological markers of symptoms of schizophrenia using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). She has a broad interest in how advancing neurotechnology impacts society, but her main interest lies at the intersection of ethics, epistemology and neuroscience with the question of how different neurotechnologies might enhance the knowledge that we have about ourselves, and how this, in turn, may enhance or diminish certain aspects of our autonomy.

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Rachel Landrum

Louisiana State University

Rachel Landrum, MA, is pursuing a medical degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She is a graduate of the Bioethics and Science Policy Master’s Program at Duke University and intends to study and treat neuropsychiatric illnesses. Her current research efforts include the investigation of long-term antidepressant effects of ketamine for patients with treatment-resistant depression. She is interested in consciousness, memory, neuroprivacy, and end-of-life issues in healthcare.

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Natalia Montes

University of Washington

Natalia is a graduate student at the University of Washington Department of Philosophy. She's interested in understanding the complicated interplay of various human differences, such as race and sex, and how they generate pressing ethical questions in a variety of everyday, non-ideal spaces, such as in law enforcement. A primary focus of hers is in the nature of implicit biases and questions of responsibility. 

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Armani Porter

University of Chicago

Armani is from New Orleans, Louisiana and is currently in the Master of Arts in the Social Sciences Program at the University of Chicago. He is concentrating his studies within the field of cultural anthropology as he is interested in examining historical and theological conceptions of the body to better understand the genealogy of contemporary law as it relates to the regulation of brain data and neurotechnologies. Specifically, his work centers around socio-legal developments within Chile as well as the Americas, at large. Armani also has a master's degree in Bioethics and Science Policy from Duke University and has received a BA in neuroscience and theology from the University of Notre Dame. In his free time, Armani is most likely in his garden.

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Sunidhi Ramesh

Thomas Jefferson University

Sunidhi Ramesh is an MD Candidate at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She is also the Managing Editor of The Neuroethics Blog and an Editorial Intern for The American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. Sunidhi graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in 2018, with degrees in sociology and neuroscience. She works on research spanning neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, and sociology, particularly focused on the intersections of science, disparity, social justice, and ethics. In her free time, Sunidhi enjoys powerlifting, doodling Madhubani-inspired art, playing competitive bridge, and cooking international cuisine. She will be applying to ophthalmology residency programs in the Fall.

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Andreas Schönau

University of Washington

Andreas Schönau is a post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy and Center for Neurotechnology at the University of Washington. His past research focused on the clarification of conceptual theories and empirical methods in philosophical and neuroscientific research, the interdisciplinary combination of their respective insights, and the generation of conclusions towards understanding the phenomenon of free will from an action-theoretical perspective. At UW, he continues working on agency-related issues in the intersection of Neuroscience and Philosophy.

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Ian Stevens

University of Tasmania

Ian is currently a Master of Research (Neuroethics) Candidate at the University of Tasmania where he is investigating the global regulatory policies of deep brain stimulation. He completed his undergraduate education at Northern Arizona University where he graduated with a B.A./B.S. in Philosophy/Biomedical Sciences. Ian plans to also bring his experiences from being a neuroethics intern at the Center for Neurotechnology and lessons learned while an intern for the INS to the committee.

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Vedat Menderes Özçiftci

Hacettepe University

Vedat Menderes Özçiftci is a Doctor of Medicine with a background in neuroscience. He is currently a PhD student in Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at Hacettepe University, and a master student in the Global Bioethics Program in Anahuac University, Mexico. His research focus is on how existing legal doctrine might adapt to emerging neurotechnology and our increasing understanding of the brain and how evolving neuroscience and neurotechnology challenge societal definitions of disease and medicine. Special interests include science literacy, neuroscience, digital mental health, neurotechnology, and artificial intelligence.

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Farhad Udwadia

University of British Columbia

Farhad Udwadia is a medical student researcher at Neuroethics Canada at the University of British Columbia. He is a recent graduate of Harvard Medical School's Center for Bioethics. His research reflects on ethical issues in health care, human rights, and new technology often. Previously he has also researched and published papers on the ethics of gene-editing, global health, and medical ethics education.

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Ashley Williams

Duke University

Ashley is currently a PhD candidate at Duke University in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her doctoral research focuses on investigating the impact of micro-electrocorticography (µECoG) electrode array design on the information content captured from neural signals. She is also concurrently pursuing an MA degree in the Bioethics and Science Policy Master's Program within the Duke Science & Society Initiative. She is extremely interested in the intersections between neurotechnology development, ethical usage of neurotechnologies, and approaches to neurotechnology regulation.

Former Chairs

  • Roland Nadler, University of British Columbia (2019-2021)
  • Marcello Ienca, ETH Zurich (2015-2019)
  • Matthew L. Baum, Harvard University (2013-2015)
  • Emily Murphy, Stanford University (2011-2015)