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I grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a family of non-scientists. I pursued an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, where I engaged in research onto the structure and function of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Last year I completed a Ph.D. degree with Dr. Li-Huei Tsai at MIT. My dissertation work centered on examining the independent contributions of the Cdk5 activators p35 and the proteolytically generated p25, both in the context of neurodegeneration and synaptic plasticity. More recently, I was a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy fellow at the National Academy of Sciences where I had the opportunity to learn about the intersection between science, politics, and policy. This wonderful opportunity allowed me to explore my broad interests in science policy and to gain a greater understanding of the US scientific enterprise and issues of higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Patrick Sullivan's laboratory at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Sullivan lab is primarily interested in the genetic dissection of complex traits that characterize many human disorders. At the Sullivan lab I hope to contribute to the understanding of the mouse and human genomes as part of the Center for Integrated Systems Genomics at UNC (CISGen), and to emply my background in neuroscience research to the study of psychiatric disorders.
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