Héctor pursued a bachelor’s degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Puerto Rico where he was honored with the best undergraduate researcher award in biology for his research in a neuroscience lab. For his graduate studies, Héctor’s research focused on neuropharmacology; specifically, he studied a compound capable of protecting neurons from dying. He was awarded a PhD in 2015 from the University of Texas-Southwestern. Héctor is now a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, where he is trying to facilitate neuronal strengthening in the brain, with the ultimate goal of enhancing learning and memory.
Héctor’s teaching philosophy is that every student is different, and that it is the tutor’s responsibility to adapt to the learning style of each student to increase the probability of success and make the process as smooth (and fun) as possible. Héctor has tutored and mentored students since early in his career. He was a genetics tutor for 1 year as an undergraduate student. In graduate school, Héctor supervised multiple undergraduate and graduate students and provided them with both theoretical and technical knowledge about neuroscience and pharmacology. He has also served as a guest lecturer on multiple occasions, and he volunteered in his neighborhood tutoring a high school student with learning disabilities. Currently, Héctor supervises two students on a daily basis, and helps several students with graduate and fellowship applications. Héctor’s academic strengths are in biology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, neuroscience, and biostatistics.
Outside of the lab, Héctor enjoys cooking and playing sports such as volleyball, tennis, baseball, and running.