Nancy was born and raised on the sunny island of Puerto Rico. For most of her childhood she wanted to become a professional musician and spent her afternoons playing piano and cello. In junior high school, her scientific curiosity was awakened during biology class, and she became interested in understating how music is processed by the brain. She went to the University of Puerto Rico, where she earned her Bachelor’s in molecular biology and graduated with high honors. As an undergraduate she published various scientific articles on the neural mechanisms of learning, and presented her research work at international scientific conferences. In the fall of 2016, she completed her PhD in Neuroscience at Columbia University where she combined biology, computer science, math, and neuroscience to understand how sensory information is coded by a neural network. Currently, Nancy is a postdoctoral fellow at MIT.
Nancy enjoys sharing her love for science and for the Spanish language with others. During college she was chosen by professors to tutor for genetics and organic chemistry, and while in New York, she lead a group of graduate students from Columbia University on visits to high schools to offer students interactive neuroscience lectures. At Cambridge Coaching, she tutors students for the SAT IIs and AP Exams in Biology and Chemistry.
In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, painting, practicing Portuguese and salsa dancing.