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Meet Ben Rein, Ph.D., a distinguished postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University who is passionate about making science accessible to all. Delving into the complexities of empathy and social connection, Ben's groundbreaking research explores the interplay between neurobiology and psychoactive substances. Recognized for his outstanding dissertation on autism spectrum disorder, he has significantly contributed to understanding the brain's social mechanisms, earning accolades from prestigious institutions.


Beyond the lab, Ben harnesses the power of social media to educate and engage over 950,000 followers with insightful science content. From unraveling the latest research to debunking myths, his commitment to science communication has garnered acclaim and numerous awards. As the visionary leader of the Aspiring Scientists Coalition, Ben is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of scientists worldwide.

Eager to explore more about Ben's journey and impact? Learn more about his world of scientific discovery and advocacy.

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Featured Papers

Please visit the publications page for a complete list of papers.

Harnessing Social Media to Challenge Scientific Misinformation

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Reversal of synaptic and behavioral deficits in a 16p11.2 duplication mouse model via restoration of the GABA synapse regulator Npas4.

Rein B, Tan T, Yang F, Wang W, Williams J, Zhang F, Mills A, Yan Z. (2020)

Making Science Education More Accessible: A Case Study of TikTok's Utility as a Science Communication Tool

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        Ben believes that science should be more clear and accessible to the public. To support this goal, he creates and posts educational videos on social media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, and BiliBili. He has gained more than 900,000 followers across these social media accounts, and his videos have been featured in New York Post, Good Morning America, and ABC News. 

        Ben began using social media for science communication after he unexpectedly went viral on TikTok in 2020. He quickly discovered that social media platforms can be powerful vehicles for reaching the public, and he found joy in providing free, accessible, and evidence-based education to social media users worldwide.


        In 2021, Ben took first place in the "BrainStorm Neuroscience Pitch Competition" held by the Mind Science Foundation, securing $30,000 in research funds. This unique funding opportunity with a science communication component challenges scientists to clearly articulate their research proposal to a lay audience. In 2022, Ben appeared on Entertainment Tonight, was profiled by Popular Mechanics, and was recognized by Stanford University and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his use of social media to promote public engagement with science.

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TikTok has discovered the “Jennifer Aniston Neuron” — a single brain cell that’s “activated” by photos of the actress — and it has ignited a viral moment for the surprisingly complex concept.


"If we were only using 10% of our brain, we'd basically be zombies."


Ben Rein is a neuroscience student from University at Buffalo spreading educational science videos through TikTok. “I had no intention to make videos on TikTok at any point,” Rein said...

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Neuroscientist Ben Rein breaks down how color blindness works, something he is personally affected by.


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