Juan earned a BS and an MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Texas - Pan American in Edinburg, Texas. As a Master’s student, he studied the Rotenone model of Parkinson’s disease in the pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis.
Currently, he works in the lab of Dr. Charles Wilson where he uses electrophysiology and optogenetics to study the encoding properties of neurons in the basal ganglia. His research combines computational and experimental approaches to predict the dynamic spiking patterns of striatal oscillators.
After graduation, Juan plans to land a postdoctoral position where he will continue using his acquired skills to study the functional role of the basal ganglia. Eventually, Juan would like to work in academia to conduct research and train the next generation of neuroscientists.