About CientífICo Latino
Throughout our journeys, we were lucky to have mentors who invested in us, whether it was through mentorship, providing access to research opportunities or making us aware of fellowship opportunities. We believe that everyone deserves that chance, someone that can bring out their potential and guide them along the way.
The Científico Latino Project comes from a drive to increase the rate of minority scientists and professionals by creating a platform where everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, or immigration status has equal access to fellowship and scholarship opportunities and the chance to learn from their peers on how to become a successful professional in STEM and other fields.
Científico Latino Team
Robert W. Fernandez (Founder and STEM co-Director)
Rob is a 2014 PD Soros Fellow and a scientist studying connectomics in C. elegans to better understand neurotransmitter signaling. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry at Yale University. Previously, he received his Associates of Arts Degree in Business Administration at Union County College and a Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from York College, City University of New York. Born in Lima, Peru and a New Jersey native, he has a strong passion for mentoring and teaching future STEM professionals.
Gabriela Bosque Ortiz (STEM co-Director)
Gabriela is currently a Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program at Yale University. She was born and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Previously, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences at Cornell University.
Olivia Goldman (STEM co-Director)
Olivia is a neuroscientist and graduate student in the Vosshall lab at Rockefeller University. She is a co-founder and chief creative officer of the virtual reality company NeuroStorm Studios. Previously, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience & Behavior at Barnard College of Columbia University, and then worked as a research technician in the lab of Nobel prize winner Dr. Eric Kandel. She is passionate about making science accessible to anyone who is curious.
Marisa Rubio (STEM Communications Director)
Marisa is passionate about addressing the disconnect between basic science and society through more effective communication and by making careers in science available to everyone. She earned her B.S in Chemistry from Marshall University and Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University. After postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, Marisa returned to Yale and is currently a science writer in the Office of Development. She is a first generation Cuban-American and grew up in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of West Virginia.
Diego Alvarado Mateo (Assistant Editor - York College, City University of New York)
Diego is a biologist at York College, City University of New York, and a Spanish speaker from the island of Puerto Rico. Previously, a 2016 CUNY Summer Research Program (CSURP) fellow and a 2017 Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) scholar, where he conducted research in a Behavioral and Molecular Neuroscience at Hunter College. He always felt that exploring and learning go hand in hand. Therefore, he is enthusiastic about being able to help others learn or understand and increase their knowledge of a subject and the STEM community.
Enrique M. De La Cruz, Ph.D (Faculty Advisor - Yale University)
Dr. De La Cruz is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (MB&B) and Head of Branford College at Yale University. He is a first generation Cuban-American who was raised in Newark, NJ. Dr. De La Cruz received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Rutgers University where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Beta Beta Honor Societies. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Cell & Molecular Biology (BCMB) with Dr. Thomas D. Pollard at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and received postdoctoral training in the laboratories of Drs. H. Lee Sweeney and E. Michael Ostap at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He was a Visiting Scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Commissariat à l'Énergie Atomique (CEA) & Université Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France in 2009, a Mayent-Rothschild Senior Researcher Fellow at the Institut Curie, Paris in 2015, and an Invited Professor Fellow at ESPCI Paris Tech (école supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris), Paris in 2016. Dr. De La Cruz research focuses in the areas of actin and myosin regulation, RNA helicases, and signaling enzymes.