"In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity."
My name is Carlo Giovanni Quintanilla. I am an undergraduate Biology/Psychology major at San Diego State University interested in the field of cellular/molecular neuroscience. For as long as I can remember I have always had a passion for science and education and have had an innate curiosity for understanding the physical world. Throughout the years, this curiosity has guided my educational experience and has lead to my involvement in basic scientific research. As a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar, sponsored by the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, I have worked in Dr. Susan Brasser's Behavioral Neurobiology lab utilizing the expression of the c-fos protein as a marker for neuronal activity following ethanol exposure. I am currently interning at Boston University School of Medicine working in Dr. Irina Zhdanova's Sleep and Circadian Physiology lab studying circadian regulation of adult neurogenesis in zebrafish. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I plan on entering a doctorate program in neurobiology and continue research in central nervous system related physiology. Other than my interest in science, I love to spend time with friends and family, hike, go to the cinema and snowboard when the season comes around.