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Kayla H

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Washington University in St. Louis


Neuroscience, Mental Health, Science Communication, Science Policy


I am currently acquiring my PhD at Washington University in St Louis in Neuroscience researching biomarkers in mental health utilizing functional MRI and computational models with Dr. Janine Bijsterbosch. I am also president of the graduate science policy and science communication organization ProSPER. My interest in research was launched in high school where I had an opportunity to work with neuroscience researchers. I hope to provide a similar experience to high schoolers today!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Science Communication/Policy Blog

In this project, you will determine a scientific field of study to research and write a science communication article that can be published to Washington University's ProSPER blog. For those interested in the intersection of science and policy, you can also write a science policy memo to be published.

Coding skills

Matlab, Python, R

Languages I know


Teaching experience

I have tutored biology, mathematics, and English for the high school level. as well as taught neuroscience to 4th graders! I have also served as TA for an undergraduate neurophysiology lab where we guided them through their own experiment and manuscript.



Saint Louis University
BS Bachelor of Science
Washington University in St. Louis
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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