Karishma Muthukumar (Cerritos)
Karishma Muthukumar, an extraordinary Whitney High School student and resident from Cerritos, started Synapse in 2015, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring interest in neuroscience and scientific innovation. Synapse, which has been recognized by neurologists internationally, has been featured at ABCUSD’s STEM Olympics. The nonprofit is known for launching a partnership with the local brain injury center, allowing high school students to form lasting friendships with survivors of brain injury.
Karishma’s passion for neuroscience and service is evident through her research that aims to provide a voice for paralyzed patients. She’s lectured at Stanford University, and MIT, as well as numerous international pediatric conferences and state-level competitions.
As the leader of bimonthly neuroscience workshops at the Cerritos Library, she facilitates the exploration of the brain and beyond. She has previously hosted the first neuroscience exhibit at the library in celebration of Brain Awareness Week, featuring booklets and informational tri-fold posters on a variety of topics. She is an inspiration to the community.