Mission Statement

Memories Matter is a student-led organization at The University of Texas at Dallas dedicated to raising awareness about age-related disorders; fundraising to bolster research in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for these disorders; and supporting the elderly who may be living with age-associated diseases. Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for older adults afflicted by conditions linked with aging.

Officers and Advisors

Aryan Verma


Aryan is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-med track. His passion for the science of the aging mind as well as improving the quality of life for the elderly population led him to co-found Memories Matter. Outside of school, Aryan works as an Emergency Medical Technician and is involved in teaching neuroscience. In his free time, he enjoys watching basketball, cooking Italian food, and going on long walks.

Aditi Manjrekar


Aditi is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-med track. Her interest in the aging brain and related disorders in combination with her volunteering experiences led her to co-found Memories Matter. Outside of school, Aditi works as an Emergency Department medical scribe and is involved in bioinformatics research and neurocognitive aging and Multiple Sclerosis studies. In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, going on walks with friends, taking photos of the world around her, and traveling to new places.

Richard Liu

Vice President

Richard is a junior studying Biomedical Engineering on the pre-med track. In addition to serving as Vice President of Memories Matter, he is also a Student Leader for the Texas Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program, mentor for the Freshman Mentor Program, and an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Leonidas Bleris’s bioengineering lab. Outside of school, Richard works as an Emergency Room scribe and has seen many interesting patients. In his free time, he likes to play piano, trade stocks, and follow the NBA.

Anirudh Rayanki

Committee Chair

Anirudh is a junior majoring in Neuroscience. Following his undergraduate career, he plans to go to medical school and later work in healthcare. He is also involved in several other student organizations at UTD, as he serves as an officer for both Medical Spanish Interpreters and Kids Print. Outside of school, Anirudh works as a Direct Care volunteer for a hospice company and is a medical scribe. He enjoys gaming, watching sports, and playing with his dogs in his free time.

Rukhsana Sultana

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Rukhsana Sultana teaches courses in Neuroscience to undergraduate students in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. Prior to joining UT Dallas she taught at University of Kentucky, Dallas Community College, and Tarrant Community College. She has experience teaching Neurobiology, Neurochemistry, Biochemistry, Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2, and General biology. In addition to teaching experience, she has gained enormous experience in research working in the area of Neurodegeneration, NeuroNanotoxicology, Immunosenescence, and Chemobrain that led to the publication of more than 100 peer reviewed papers in well reputed journals in the area of Neuroscience. Her research experience helped her to implement a pedagogical approach in her teaching style. Dr. Sultana served as an editorial board member for Journal of Alzheimer’s disease and reviewed several grants for the Alzheimer’s Association. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Osmania University (Hyderabad, India), and her master’s and doctoral degrees from University of Hyderabad (Hyderabad, India).