Hi! Thanks for visiting my website. I am a Puerto Rican neurotoxicologist. I was born and raised in Santurce, Puerto Rico and obtained my B.S. in microbiology at Universidad Ana G. Méndez_Recinto de Carolina (former Universidad del Este_Carolina). Becoming a scientist was not even in my wildest dreams. It wasn’t until my second year in college that my fathers diagnosis with a brain disorder inspired me to learn more about the brain and motivated me to pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience. In fact, my life and personal experiences have always guided my professional decisions, research questions, and passion for seeking knowledge.
In addition to research I am very passionate about science communication/outreach. Experiencing first hand the limitations in research and neuroscience education in Puerto Rico led me to seek out opportunities to help increase exposure of this field while targeting minority populations like myself. I hope that through my work as a scientist, mentor, teacher and communicator I can inspire other minorities to pursue a career in STEM!