Zekiel Factor is a research assistant at the Autism Center. They earned a dual bachelor’s degree in integrative neuroscience and philosophy (with a concentration in bioethics) from SUNY Binghamton, where they also worked as a research assistant in the cognitive psychology lab of Dr. Ralph Miller studying information processing. They also completed two summers as a research intern in the Behavioral Neurology Unit of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health, where they received the Exceptional Summer Student Award in 2018 for their contributions to the study of attentional networks in the brain. They wrote their senior thesis in bioethics on the role of patient autonomy in the treatment of people with developmental disabilities, for which they were awarded highest honors.
Zekiel has been passionately involved in autistic self-advocacy and the disability rights movement since high school, and has maintained this passion through their commitment to translational research in cognitive science with the goal of improving the lives of neurodiverse people. They are particularly interested in studying the neurobiological underpinnings of autistic sensorimotor development and the impact of early intervention, and they hope to pursue this field even further in the future as an MD-PhD.
- BS, Integrative Neuroscience, State University of New York at Binghamton
- BA, Philosophy, State University of New York at Binghamton