Meet the Team!
SCYNA Board 2022-2023
board of directors/strategy team
Avery Mizrahi, Co-President
Avery Mizrahi is a senior at Orange County School of the Arts in the Integrated Arts conservatory. She is incredibly passionate about all parts of neuroscience but especially enjoys studying neurodegenerative pathology, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and under researched ways to make diagnosis accessible. Avery is excited to spread the reach of this wonderful organization by creating outreach opportunities through social media and using members' passions to create a meaningful community of neuro-lovers. Outside of SCYNA, Avery enjoys dancing and touring with the Hall Method International Dance Ensemble, acting, creative writing, making short films, and making science accessible for everyone.
Jay Parikh, Co-President
Jay Parikh is a senior at Northwood High School in Irvine. Jay was first introduced to neuroscience in 8th grade at UCI CNLM’s Brain Camp. Since then, he has fallen in love with neuroscience research and brain-related advocacy. He is particularly interested in learning and memory. He is also passionate about advancing research on rare neurological conditions. Along with neuroscience, Jay is an avid Varisty tennis player and a huge sports fan.
Arya Suresh, Director of Events
Arya Suresh is a senior at Arnold O. Beckman High School in Southern California. The topic of neuroscience first peaked her interest after she watched the TV show “Defending Jacob,” which is about a teenage boy who turns out to be a sociopath. After watching this TV show, she developed a passion for neuroscience and began taking neuroscience courses. She especially enjoys research aspects of neuroscience, such as free will and decision-making. Aside from neuroscience, Arya enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching interesting TV shows, and reading!
Sumunaa Gnanashanmugam, Director of Internal Operations
Sumunaa Gnanashanmugam is a senior at University High School in Irvine, CA. Sumunaa began her journey with neuroscience after taking a psychology course and wanting to learn more about the brain from a biological standpoint. Some areas of neuroscience which she would love to further explore include developmental neuroscience, molecular and cellular neuroscience, and neurogenetics. Her goal is to reach out to younger students in Southern California and to make it accessible for them explore their curiosity and passion for neuroscience. Outside of SCYNA, Sumunaa loves to dance, sing, and read.
Sarvesh Thirumalai, Director of Outreach
Sarvesh Thirumalai is a junior in Cerritos highschool, and was first introduced to SCYNA in 2020and since has been actively participating in all events. His first interaction with neuroscience was at the CHOC and watching a small presentation on neuroscience and the brain in the 7th grade. He is really exited about learning and expanding his knowledge about neuroscience at all times. Outside of school and neuroscience he loves to hike and go camping, and loves the beach. In his free time he like to read books, ride his bike, and play video games.