I am a neuroscience Ph.D. student from Puerto Rico, where I obtained my bachelor's degree at Ana G. Mendez University, at Universidad del Este in Carolina campus. My involvement in Neuroscience and research started during the summer internships that I participated such as SROP at Illinois, and REU “Discoveries in Bioimaging” at the Bioengineering Department at the University of Illinois. In addition, I was a trainee in the Research Initiative for Science Enhancement (RISE).
Neurodegeneration, Neuroinflammation and neural imaging
My research is centered in the study of neuroinflammation and demyelination using state-of-the-art imaging techniques and automated computational analyses. Co-advised by Catherine Best-Popescu and Gabriel Popescu, he uses confocal microscopy and non-invasive quantitative light microscopy techniques, such as Spatial Light Interference Microscopy (SLIM). Applying SLIM analysis to experimental models of multiple sclerosis (MS), I track brain morphometric markers during relapse or recovery, and measures myelin mass quantities with picogram sensitivity.
Awards and Honors
Miniature Brain Machinery (NSF funded fellowship)