Jordy Seulveda

School: 
Hunter College
Graduation Status: 
Current

Description:

I am a third-year undergraduate majoring in Biology at the City University of New York Hunter College. I am driven to understand the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington disease from a molecular and cellular level. My first experience doing research was at La Guardia Community College where I studied the role of microglial cells in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. Since then, I have been interested in pursuing a PhD in neuroscience with an aim in studying the role of neuroglia which could be a therapeutic target in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, during the summer of my first year in the program, I have had the opportunity to work in Dr. Aaron Bowman’s lab at Vanderbilt University investigating the role of gene-environment interaction in response to Manganese metal exposure and Huntington’s disease. My work at Dr. Maria Figueiredo-Pereira’s lab at Hunter College investigates neuronal degeneration where our focus lies in the mechanism of the Ubiquitin/proteasome pathway (UPP) and neuroinflamation. As an undergraduate student, I aspire to understand the different aspects of neurodegenerative disease such as the pathological hallmarks, cellular pathways underlying gene-environment interaction in toxicant vulnerabilities, and the role of neuroglia cells in neuronal degeneration. I aim to one day contribute to the Neuroscience field with a therapeutic strategy in the prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.