Research Assistants

Jeah Clemente



Jeah is a senior studying Integrative Biology and Global Public Health at UC Berkeley. She joined the BAND Lab in hopes to gain clinical research experience, and to learn more about how science can help those with neuropsychological disorders with their social and cognitive development. Jeah plans to apply to medical school, as well as attain an MPH after she spends a few years doing research with the BAND Lab. In her free time, Jeah loves going out to the movies, finding delicious restaurants all over the East Bay, working out, and cooking for her friends and family.

Charlie Abiezzi



My name is Charlie Abiezzi and I am a fourth year at UC Berkeley studying both Integrative Biology and Psychology. As a young researcher, I hope to one day enter within the field of medicine as a physician and continue to work towards the goal of learning more about and the complex mechanisms of the brain causing different neuropsychiatric disorders and hopefully one day discovering treatment methods that can help alleviate symptoms. My time at UC Berkeley has helped me grow into a confident and independent young women, who has furthered her career aspirations by getting involved with UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital as an Emergency medicine volunteer and with the American Medical Women's Association to help reduce the stigma of mental health on our campus. I am ecstatic to begin my work with the BAND lab and learn more about disorders such as schizophrenia and PTSD, while also being encouraged by such brilliant researchers on my team who will carry me far in my future endeavors. 

Jessica Buffington



Jessica is a recent graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A., in comparative health and medicine. She is a first year student at Mills College's Pre-Med Post Bac Program. Her research interests include the psychology of well-being, social cognition, and new treatments for various neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, PTSD, and Alzheimer's disease. She is fascinated and excited by anything that has to do with the brain. In her free time she prefers to be outside, running, hiking, rock climbing, exploring new places and finding great places to eat.


Sarah Min





Sarah is a recent graduate of Carleton College with a B.A. in Biology. Her research interests include, studying the mechanisms behind neurodegenerative disease, and various neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. Although she has experience doing basic science research, Sarah has never participated clinical research. In her free time, Sarah enjoys working out, spending time with her family, madly running through amazon videos and singing classical music.

Afrah Mohammad




Afrah is originally from the Bay Area but recently graduated from Penn. She has done research in both basic and biomedical science fields and now looks forward to becoming immersed in these clinical/translational and dry lab methods and being involved at all stages of project design, execution & data analysis. She loves big cities like Philly and SF and spends some of her free time on Quora and other social media.

Roman Patungan




Roman graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Human Biology. He is currently in the Pre-professional Health Academic Program at CSU East Bay and hopes to attend medical school in the next few years. He is eager to be involved in a clinical lab setting and to gain more skills in research. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, spending time with friends, and discussing Game of Thrones theories.

Salem Samson



Salem graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, Ca with a B.A. in Human Biology and a minor in Spanish. During her free time, she enjoys picnicking in parks. She was previously involved in research that focused on breast cancer risk associated with occupational exposure. She is excited to join the BAND lab and gain experience working in a clinical lab setting. 

Evan Sheh


Evan is a graduate from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology. At the BAND lab, he will be assisting with data collection, data analysis, and enrollment. In regards to scientific goals, he has broad curiosities about how neurological processes influence day to day living and hopes to enter medical school in the coming years. In his spare time, Evan enjoys playing board games, martial arts, video games, and cooking.