Juan is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago that majored in both Neuroscience and Psychology. During his undergraduate, he completed his thesis on the structural and functional diversity of motor interneurons in Drosophila through EM reconstruction and optogenetic stimulation. Overall, he is most interested in neurodegeneration and understanding how atypical deviations affect structure, function, and lived experience for an individual.
In his current research, he wants to better understand the synaptic connectivity of parallel neural circuits in the retina using serial EM. Outside of the lab, Juan enjoys cooking, hiking, making music, pulling the perfect shot of espresso, and spending time with his parrot, Wally.