Jose is originally from Cartagena, a ‘heroic’ city in the Caribbean coast of Colombia. At age ten, Jose moved with his family to South Florida where he graduated high school from American Heritage School in 2007. Jose attended Northeastern University on a full tuition scholarship where he majored in biochemistry and mathematics. During his time at NU, Jose conducted research in a genetics lab studying cell migration and mechanotransduction. He also worked in several other research projects completing internships in Princeton University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Jose was awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater scholarship in 2011. After graduating summa cum laude in 2012, Jose became an NIH IRTA post-baccalaureate fellow in the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, MD where he spent a year studying the genetics of type 2 diabetes. In 2013, he entered the MD/PhD program at Harvard Medical School where he hopes to pursue his research interests in metabolism and cancer.
Jose has extensive tutoring experiences as a tutor in the Biology, Physics and Mathematics departments at Northeastern.
In addition to attending class, doing research, and tutoring, Jose enjoys playing soccer, chess, listening to podcasts, buying used books, and supporting Real Madrid.