Richard Perez

School: 
New York University
Graduation Status: 
Current

Description:

My name is Richard Perez and I'm a senior year at New York University, majoring in Neural Science with a minor in Chemistry. My undergraduate education and research experiences have interacted in a symbiotic fashion—they each strengthen the other. I first began conducting research outside of class in the summer of 2013. That summer, I worked with Dr. Gutierrez-Hartmann at University of Colorado Anschutz medical center, where we investigated the effects of ESE-1 expression silencing on the cell cycle of triple negative breast cancer cells. After returning to NYU in the fall of 2013, I took a semester to discover what field of research interested me. In the January of 2014, I began working in Dr. Movshon’s laboratory at New York University; the lab studies visual neuroscience. I first found interest in studying the effects of retinal disparity, a depth cue, on multistable motion stimuli. Then, for about 9 months, transitioned to studying visual crowding—an impairment in performance in peripheral vision. This past summer, I returned to multistable motion stimuli to study the effects of contrast and context on motion coherence. This coming year I hope to continue our investigations into the contextual effects on multistable motion stimuli. After university, I hope to pursue an MD-PhD and eventually focus my research efforts in translational medicine, specifically with neurological diseases like Macular degeneration, Glaucoma and Alzheimer’s disease. I want to push the bounds of current medicine by taking proven therapies in the lab and applying them to human therapy, so as to hopefully offer people afflicted with neurological disease, a promising treatment.

Presentation Summary:

  • Perez, Richard K.H., Tammy Trudeau, and Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, MD. "The Effect of ESE-1 Expression Silencing on the Cell Cycle of MDA-MB-468 Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells." GEMS-HP Summer Student Symposium. University of Colorado Anschutz Medica
  • Perez, Richard K.H., Romesh Kumbhani, PhD, and J.A. Movshon, PhD. "The Effect of Retinal Disparity on Multistable Motion Stimuli." NYU SURP Symposium. NYU Center for Neural Science, New York. July 2014. Lecture.
  • Perez, Richard K.H., Romesh Kumbhani, PhD, and J.A. Movshon, PhD. "Contrast and Context Effects on Motion Coherence." NYU SURP Symposium. NYU Center for Neural Science, New York. July 2015. Lecture.