The MGH Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior regularly engages students in the Center’s work. Below are profiles of current and former student research assistants, research associates, and summer research interns. Students at the CLBB come to us from a wide variety of programs and diverse backgrounds, including undergraduates, law students, medical students, and post-docs.
Maha Al-Suwaidi is a recent graduate of Harvard College with a bachelors in Economics and minor in Psychology. She is very passionate about decision-making with a clinical focus; she has done research on other-directed harm at Joshua Buckholtz’s lab, the System of Neuroscience Psychopathology lab, and research on suicidal and/or self-injurious behavior at the Nock Lab, where she will continue to be a full-time Research Assistant. Her passion for psychological research stems from a passion to increase mental health equity and accessibility for vulnerable populations. She also volunteers at a juvenile center, and is passionate about working both on an individual and systemic level towards improving outcomes for youth in the juvenile system. Maha looks forward towards continuing this work through her position at the CLBB this summer.
Laura Drohan is a law student entering her third year at Boston University School of Law. She graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology and French Literature with departmental honors. After undergrad, she taught English in France, tutored, and worked as a volunteer legal assistant at the District Attorney’s Office in her hometown of Colorado Springs, Colorado. In law school, she is an Articles Editor and Peer Review Liaison for the American Journal of Law and Medicine and has worked as a legal intern at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. She plans to pursue a career in criminal prosecution, and her interest areas include juvenile justice, adolescent brain development, and criminal responsibility.
Regina C.E. Fairfax is a rising senior at Harvard College concentrating in Psychology with a secondary in English. She is currently pursuing her honors thesis for Psychology in the Richard McNally Lab for Emotional Disorders. At school, Regina mentors freshman on campus and tutors for Abnormal Psychology, is involved in Harvard Model Congress (HMC), a mock Congress conference that she helps run for high school students in Boston, San Fransisco, Asia, and Europe, interns at HLS’ Office for Public Interest Advising, and sits on the board the Small Claims Advisory Service (SCAS), a community service organization that provides free legal information to Massachusetts residents. She hopes to attend law school after graduating from college.
Ilai Gavish is an undergraduate at Harvard University planning to concentrate in neuroscience. He loves to learn about the brain and has a strong interest in cognitive science, philosophy, psychology, and linguistics. Ilai is particularly interested in the philosophical questions and insights that arise from neuroscientific discoveries. In addition to doing research, he works at Widener Library and runs with the Harvard College Running Club.
Julia Hall is an undergraduate senior at the College of the Holy Cross, where she is majoring in Biology and minoring in Neuroscience. She is particularly interested in the application of scientific research to the improvement of public and social policy. In pursuit of her senior honors thesis, Julia will be conducting research on nutrition education in United States medical schools in order to investigate physicians’ lack of nutrition training despite the contribution of diet to chronic disease. Outside of the classroom, Julia is a researcher in a cognitive neuroscience lab, which utilizes eye-tracking to explore how unconscious neural activity influences human behavior, a three-time orientation leader, and the lead singer of an extracurricular band at Holy Cross.
Megha Majumder recently graduated from UC Berkeley and Harvard Medical School with degrees in Molecular Toxicology, Public Health, and Bioethics. Megha dedicated her academic and professional life to helping and to healing; to reinventing, subsidizing, and introducing modern health practices and technology to communities that would otherwise be unable to afford or even know about them. She plans to do a lot of quiet good, essentially. Megha will continue her graduate studies in medicine and neuropalliation as at the University of Cambridge sponsored by a Fulbright Schuman Innovation Grant and the Abbeyfield Foundation to explore issues at the intersection of neurodegenerative diseases and the pressing medico-ethical issues that arise at the end of life.
Fenella McLuskie is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She has a BA in Philosophy and Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and a Graduate Diploma in Law from City, University of London. While in London, she taught debate in prisons and represented children who had been expelled from school. She is interested in criminal justice reform, especially in alternative sentencing. A former college rower, Fenella spends much of her free time at the gym. She also loves languages and is currently learning Mandarin Chinese.
Sina Sadeghzadeh is an undergraduate junior at Harvard College studying Neuroscience and Government. Sina has previously worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Bellen lab in Houston, TX and as a legal intern at Cunningham Levy Muse LLP in Washington, DC. Outside of class, he rides with Harvard’s cycling team and is involved in cultural and community service organizations on campus.
Justin Wong is a sophomore at Harvard College joint concentrating in philosophy and neuroscience. At school, he is interested in how neuroscience and philosophical or societal concepts contribute to our understanding about the brain and ourselves. Justin is the research director for the Harvard Review of Philosophy and a board member for the Harvard Society for Mind, Brain, and Behavior and enjoys playing intramural sports for Dunster House.