Born: Barquisimeto, Venezuela
Education: The University of Chicago Undergraduate Student, B.S. in Biological Sciences with specialization in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minors in Molecular Engineering and in Computational Neuroscience with plans to pursue a graduate degree
- Biochemistry and Screening Research Intern, Research & Development Department, PharmaMar S.A. (June-August 2016)
- Student Research Intern, Thinakaran Lab at the University of Chicago (February 2015-present)
- Research Intern Assistant, Tamvakopoulos Lab at Biomedical Research Foundation Academy of Athens (June-August 2017)
More than 15.5 million Americans with a history of cancer were alive on January 1, 2016. Some of these individuals were diagnosed recently and are still undergoing treatment, while most were diagnosed many years ago and have no current evidence of cancer. Under the direction of Dr. Juan Manuel Dominguez, I investigated anti-tumor molecules of marine invertebrate origin to find new innovative products to provide healthcare professionals with new tools to treat cancer. Similarly to cancer, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and 2050 this number could rise to 16 million. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people than prostate and breast cancer combined.
My passion for biochemical research in wide-spread uncurable diseases was what brought me to the Thinakaran lab. With my interdisciplinary education and diverse research experience, I hope to provide assistance on present research projects and significantly contribute to future endeavors.