Eric is a recent graduate from Pomona College, where he earned a B.A. in neuroscience. He is broadly interested in neurodegeneration, neuroimmunology, neurodevelopment, and genomics research. Originally from San Francisco, he joined the Stevens lab remotely in June 2020 as part of the Broad’s Summer Research Program (BSRP) for underrepresented students in science. After learning the basics of genomic analyses in R after that summer, Eric has been working remotely on his senior thesis project titled “Transcriptomic Landscapes of Microglia-Like Cells: A Model for Human Neuroimmune Function” which characterized the gene expression profiles of iPSC-derived microglia following exposure to chemokines and amyloid beta. He was awarded the 2021 Senior Prize in Neuroscience for academic excellence, quality of senior thesis, and overall contributions to the neuroscience department at Pomona College. Eric is very excited to continue this project in the Stevens lab full time next year as a visiting scholar through Harvard’s Program in Neuroscience Postbacc Program (PiNBAC)!