Cristina Marie Rivera Quiles
Personal Statement Reviewer
Cristina is currently a third year Neuroscience PhD candidate at Michigan State University. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where she received her BS in biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Cristina’s research focuses on investigating the role of various neuropeptides in morphine behaviors by using mouse models to gain a better understanding of opioid use disorder. She has received the NSF GRFP and the HHMI Gilliam Fellowship to assist with her research. In addition to her lab work, Cristina is part of her graduate program’s executive committee, has volunteered in multiple outreach committees and programs, and is the incoming graduate student council president. She hopes to promote DEI initiatives at her institution and assist with demystifying the graduate school experience. In her spare time, Cristina enjoys spending time with her dog, playing tennis, and going to the movies.