Brenda M.R.


From the sunny tropics of Puerto Rico, Brenda Marin Rodriguez developed a vibrant curiosity for the natural world from an early age. She left the Caribbean in 2008 to study science and theatre at the University of California-Davis.  While earning her bachelor’s, she quickly became immersed in the world of research and discovered that a scientific career was a possibility. After graduating from UC Davis, Brenda won the prestigious HHMI Gilliam Fellowship, which funded her neuroscience PhD at Harvard University. Her thesis focused on elucidating the neural networks controlling conserved infant-directed behaviors. After finishing her PhD in 2019 as Dr. Marin-Rodriguez, she embarked on a second doctorate by starting medical school at UCC. Her long term career goal is to make medical devices for her medically underserved patient populations.

Brenda has honed her teaching skills over the course of her academic career.  She has tutored many students in all levels of biology -- including some of her own classmates -- and deeply enjoys making complicated biology concepts easier to approach and understand.  A native Spanish speaker and experienced translator, Brenda is also a Spanish tutor with Cambridge Coaching, and enjoys working with all ages on developing fluency in the language.  

When Brenda isn’t in the lab or classroom, she’s an avid structural cake decorator and makes fun science cakes for different occasions.


Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA, PhD in the Biological Sciences, May 2019
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, M.A. in Biology, November 2016
  • University of California, Davis, BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, December 2012
  • Biology
  • Psych
  • Spanish