HSMBB Board Members


Athena Capo-Battaglia '22 (Chair)

Athena is a sophomore residing in Pforzheimer House. She is originally from New York City, and her main interest is neuroscience in relation to behavior (Neuro in the MBB Track). She wants to understand how the structures within the brain produce varying behaviors, as well as the role of neurotransmitters and genetics in this process. This past summer, she assisted research in an endocrinology lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital and she is joining a psychology lab. Outside of her academic interests, she dances (latin and rhythm styles mainly), sings in nursing homes, partakes in visual arts, and stargazes.

Justin Wong '22

Justin Wong is a sophomore in Dunster planning to joint concentrate in Philosophy and Neuroscience. He is interested in how our scientific concepts and humanistic theories explain the social behaviors of cognition and communication and has taken classes in the philosophy, psychology and neuroscience departments. Outside of HSMBB, he is a part of the Harvard Review of Philosophy and also does theatrical lighting design and plays intramural soccer in his free time.

Sheila De La Cruz '22

Sheila is a sophomore in Pforzheimer House studying Neurobiology on the MBB track. She is really interested in brain behavior as it relates to child development, and mental health in a global setting. She's also a part of Expressions Dance Company, PBHA Alzheimer's Buddies, and Harvard College Red Cross.

Jason Shen '22

Having lived in Canada and China before going to high school in Cupertino, CA, Jason is now a sophomore concentrator in Neuroscience (Mind, Brain, Behavior track) with a secondary in either Philosophy or Comparative Study of Religions. On campus, he is on the Men’s Volleyball team and is active in other faith, premed, and community service clubs. He is particularly interested in how new developments in the field of neuroscience have meaningful implications on religion, philosophy, and the day to day of all of our lives.

Carly Tiras '22

Carly is a sophomore in Currier House concentrating in Psychology. She is passionate about neuroscience, pediatrics, psychology, and general medicine.

Amanda Yang '22

Amanda is a sophomore in Quincy House studying psychology. She currently works in the Schacter Memory Lab, where she is exploring the role of episodic memory in our ability to imagine the future and if and how aging affects this ability. Outside of class and the lab, Amanda enjoys volunteering in PBHA’s HARTZ, playing club and IM tennis, dancing in AADT, and playing ping-pong with friends in Quincy.

Isabella Trasolini '23 (FREP)

Isabella is a first-year student who plans to study neurobiology and global health. As a volunteer for Alzheimer’s Buddies, a teacher for ExperiMentors, and an editor for the Harvard Health Policy Review, Isabella is committed to expanding access to science and healthcare. Through HSMBB, she hopes to help provide all students with opportunities to explore their interest in the brain.

Vanessa Hu '23 (FREP)

Vanessa is a first-year in Grays potentially concentrating in Linguistics and Computer Science. With her passion for languages, (currently studying: Japanese!), she looks forward to learning more about NLP and machine translation. Beyond HSMBB, she is involved in Harvard's WECode Conference, Expressions Dance Company, and The Wave Asian Arts Magazine. In her free time, you can catch her doing Pilates, baking, or visiting cute cafes with friends!