Chris came to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Francis College and a Master’s degree in Neuroscience & Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. Before attending Mount Sinai, Chris was a research assistant at CUNY Hunter College in the lab of Dr. Allyson Friedman, where he studied how estrogenic modulation of dopamine neurons mediates stress susceptibility. He then entered Mount Sinai’s Neuroscience PhD Program in 2018.
At Sinai, Chris joined the labs of Dr. George Huntley and Dr. Deanna Benson where he has studied how a Parkinson’s linked mutation impacts the developing brain, and differentially mediates stress-related behaviors. Over his PhD, Chris has authored 9 peer-reviewed journals, received 3 travel awards, an NIH research distinction award, and been a recipient of private and federal funding for his research. As a 1st generation Ecuadorian American and product of so many mentors himself, Chris has always been eager to mentor the next generation of scientists. In his roles as a teaching assistant, lecturer, “Neuro Big Sibling” to 1st year PhD students, SURP4US committee member, and CEYE mentor, he has collectively been able to work with students ranging from elementary school all the way to graduate school.
Chris would like to thank his countless mentors throughout his journey that have made his achievements possible. As each of their individual investments has made such a tremendous impact in his growth as a scientist and as a mentor. Which has served as fuel of inspiration to foster and bridge opportunities for the next generation of scientists. He would also like to extend the biggest thank you to all his mentees that nominated him for this award and recognition.
Chris will graduate with his PhD and continue his career in supporting scientific research and healthcare innovation as a Business Development Associate at Mass General Brigham.