Kimberly Hernandez was born and raised in Long Beach, California. She attended California State University, Long Beach, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2016. While at CSULB, she participated in the NIH Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) Program, where she got started in research in a behavioral neuroscience lab. In 2015, Kimberly participated in the Stanford Summer Research Program where she first conducted research from a molecular and cellular perspective in neuroscience, specifically in homeostatic plasticity. Fascinated by this area of work, she started in the University of Michigan PREP program where she worked in the lab of Dr. Michael Sutton. During her PREP year, she investigated homeostatic regulation of intrinsic excitability in a rat model of Fragile X Syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability in humans. In the Fall of 2018, she will be moving across the country to New York City to pursue her PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University. During her downtime she enjoys exercising, painting, and listening to music.
Jose Martinez is a graduate student in the Neuroscience & Public Policy Program at the University of Wisconsin. He is originally from California where he graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After receiving this degree, he worked in health care administration where he found his passion for data driven policy. Prior to moving to Madison, he was part of the NIH funded Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program 2017-2018 cohort at the University of Michigan. Jose will be completing his Ph.D. in Neuroscience with a specific interest in the molecular basis of neurological repair, recovery and protection mechanisms. He intends on using his foundations acquired form his neuroscience and public affairs graduate studies to help develop long-term policy solutions for the development of best care practices, funding opportunities and increasing access to higher education. During Jose’s down time, he enjoys an array of extracurricular activities including but not limited to; baking pastries, listening to live music and taking long road trips.