University: Brown University
Major: Cognitive Neuroscience and Medicine
Languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, Swahili
Biography: A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Gabriel identifies as a queer, first-generation, low-income Mexican reared by two immigrants. Gabriel came to Brown thanks to a full-ride Gates Millennium Scholarship with a passion to study Cognitive Neuroscience. He attributes the field to being immensely beneficial at elucidating the consequences of trauma on learning and how these potentially manifest in academic spaces.
Gabriel is curious to know if the adversity members of disenfranchised communities experience is disrupting brain regions integral to learning and if these differences in life outcomes are symptoms of these disruptions. He has interned on a Brown grant in New York City with a nonprofit organization that served first-generation/low-income minorities, mentored and served on leadership positions with the QuestBridge Scholarship, and has been an active leader with the Gates Scholars Program on campus. A Future Global Leader Fellow, Gabriel has also conducted research in Taiwan on autism in an effort to diversify a corporate company. Additionally, Gabriel was also a recipient of an Atlantis Project Pre-Medical Leadership Fellowship and worked for a hospital in Ferrol, Spain prior to studying neuroscience and medicine in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Currently, Gabriel is a honors candidate investigating Aphantasia and the existence of visual mental imagery deficiency. In addition, Gabriel is also undertaking an independent capstone study project exploring the neurological mechanisms of racism and discrimination—a combination of my his passions: neuroscience and social justice. Gabriel hopes that his research as a scientist will provide perspectives on how to make education more effective for students from emotionally traumatic backgrounds who encounter constant implicit biases.
After college, Gabriel hopes to work in a psychological-neuroscience lab before attending graduate school. He plans to research educational neuroscience and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. program in the United Kingdom to investigate how to improve learning. Ultimately, Gabriel intends to dedicate a lifetime to become an educator and conduct academic research in educational neuroscience and one day become superintendent of the Albuquerque Public Schools system.