Carlos grew up in Leon, Mexico. Since he was young, Carlos has always been fascinated by science. When he was 12, he migrated with his family to Los Angeles. He graduated in the top 5% of his class and moved to upstate New York to pursue undergraduate studies at Hamilton College. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Biology at Rockefeller University.

While at Hamilton, Carlos continued to pursue his interests in science by majoring in chemical physics with a minor in biology. At Hamilton, he fell in love with how the structures of molecules can affect their function and wanted to apply the same principles to biological systems. Upon beginning graduate school, he enrolled in the Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology program in the Laboratory of Dr. Thomas P. Sakmar. For this work, Carlos received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship in 2012.

Carlos's background allows him to tutor students studying general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, and physics. Carlos believes that the key to success in these areas is to develop intuition that will help the student understand the principles. Carlos will move away from repetitive memorization and instead focus on the chemical and physical principles behind the problems. Carlos has experience teaching science to middle school students in college and graduate school. He has also participated in science outreach programs at the Rockefeller University to inspire young generations to become scientists. In the future, Carlos aspires to become a research professor and establish his own lab.

In his spare time, Carlos enjoys powerlifting, running, trying out new recipes in his slow cooker, bonding with his cat, and having stimulating conversation with friends.

Education & Qualifications
  • Rockefeller University, PhD candidate in Chemical Biology
  • Hamilton College, B.A. Chemical Physics and Biology 
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient (2012)



  • Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Physics