Elena Rotondo is a doctoral student in the behavioral and systems neuroscience program at Rutgers. She previously received her M.S. in neuroscience from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research combines behavioral neuroscience, sensory neurophysiology, and epigenetics to understand how gene expression in sensory brain regions support the storage of detailed memories. Elena has served as a mentor for undergraduate researchers since 2015 and chairs the Rutgers Sensory Research Network, a community for sensory neuroscientists across all career stages. Elena’s mentorship and teaching philosophy centers on the individual: each person has unique experiences, talents, and perspectives that enrich the collective experience inside and outside of the classroom.