Amy Rapp


Amy Rapp is a PhD candidate in Northwestern’s Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN). She works in the Disterhoft lab, where she investigates the role of the lateral entorhinal cortex in eyeblink conditioning. She received her BA in Psychology with honors and minored in Biology and Studio Art at Binghamton University in New York. When she’s not in lab, Amy likes to paint, dance, travel, and watch way too much Netflix.


IMG_2098Samantha Genardi


Sam is a Ph.D. candidate in the Driskill Graduate Program at Feinberg School of Medicine. She received her B. S. in Biochemistry and minor in Mathematics with honors from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Sam is a member of Dr. Chyung-Ru Wang’s laboratory in the Microbiology-Immunology department, where she is studying the role of type I and type II NKT cells in systemic methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. Her math skills come in handy as the treasurer of CGSA. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking in the wilderness, rock climbing, and volunteering her time as a yoga instructor for graduate students.


Amira Affaneh

Secretary/Social Media Manager

Amira is a Ph.D. student in Northwestern’s Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN). She received her BS in Neuroscience with a minor in Sociology at DePaul University. Amira is a member of Dr. John Kessler’s lab where she studies the role of the APOE gene in Alzheimer’s disease. When she doesn’t have a pipette in hand, Amira enjoys yoga, baking, and hunting for the perfect place for coffee and tacos.




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Tim Hark

Website Administrator 

Tim is a PhD candidate in the Northwestern Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN). He is from Cleveland, OH and received a BS in Neurobiology from Georgetown University. Tim joined Jeff Savas’s lab where he uses mass spectrometry-based proteomics to study protein degradation dynamics in models of Alzheimer’s Disease. In his free time, Tim enjoys juggling, rock climbing, playing volleyball, as well as all things Cleveland sports.



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