B.S. in Biology, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez
Admission Year: 2019
Advisor: Dr. Pierre F. Apostolides
Current project: I’m broadly interested in circuit mapping, slice electrophysiology, 2-photon imaging and behavior to understand how neuromodulation can shape plasticity in dendritic arborizations during sensory integration.
Other interests: valence and salience encoding, social behavior, tool development, machine learning, entrepreneurship
Teaching experience: I have trained high-school students in experimental design and usage of Backyard Brains outreach equipment, trained undergraduate students in fear conditioning, intracranial surgeries, and immunohistochemistry.
Honors, grants & awards: IPAN fellow, PREP scholar, Rackham Merit Fellow
Service & leadership: NeuroBoricuas volunteer, BrainsRule! volunteer, Graduate student recruiter for PIBS at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez
Career Goals: I envision being a professor at a R1 institution in NYC with a joint-appointment in Puerto Rico to bridge segregated Puerto Rican communities, and provide a rigorous interdisciplinary training environment open to all underrepresented minorities and non-traditional students.
Hobbies: I enjoy cooking, photography, watching foreign films, reading, antiquing, gardening, meditating, traveling, and hanging out with my cat, Cajal.