Nicholas Silva

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Post Doc University of California San Francisco
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B.S in Biology (Physiology), San Francisco State University, 2011

M.S in Biology (Physiology), San Francisco State University, 2012 


Admission year: 2012

Advisor: Peter Hitchcock

Current project: My interest include cellular and molecular mechanisms of photoreceptor regeneration in the adult zebrafish. Specifically, the role of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (mmp-9) during injury-induced photoreceptor regeneration. 

Other interests: Injury and disease, Glia biology, Inflammation, and CNS Regeneration

Teaching experience: Instructor (Neuroscience) for John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth; Summer 2016, Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for MCDB 428 (Cell Biology); Winter 2015, Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) for BIO 172 (Intro to Biology); Fall 2013,

Honors, grants & awards: SfN Neuroscience Scholar Program (NSP) fellow, SPINES fellow, Rackham Merit Fellowship

Service & leadership: CDB: Student-Run diversity seminar series, Chair; 2017-Current
Society for Advancing Hispanics, Chicanos, & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Outreach Coordinator; 2015- Current
Mentoring Youth and Early Leaders in Neuroscience (M.Y.E.L.I.N), member; 2012-current
Brains Rule Outreach, Volunteer member; 2012-Current

Career Goals: 

Short: Postdoctoral research position 
Long: Academic or Industry 

Hobbies: Orange Theory, Recreational softball and volleyball, running, collecting plants, and cooking.