I am an MD candidate in the Yale School of Medicine. Growing up in Venezuela, I saw how disease, poverty and lack of education, instigates a vicious cycle of disease and ignorance and I decided to dedicate my career to helping break this cycle. I graduated from Brandeis University with a triple-major in Neuroscience, Biology, and Health: Science, Society and Policy, and led a number of projects aimed at improving the health and education of communities in Venezuela and the US. I also interned at the International AIDS Society in Switzerland working on a literature review on community-based participatory research in HIV, and subsequently worked at Weill Cornell Medical College studying how electrical activity affects early brain development. Moving forward, I'm particularly interested in exploring how adverse life experiences, including stress and environmental toxins, affects the progress of neurodegenerative diseases.