Graduate Resident Fellow
Jean Carlos Cruz-Hernández hails from Utuado, Puerto Rico, nicknamed the "Land of a thousand blessings"Before becoming a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering to study the mechanism and progression of Alzheimer's disease, he received his B.S. in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Currently, as a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Schaffer Lab, his research interests expand to the fields of Applied Physics and Neuroscience. Specifically, his research focuses on the elucidation of the stalling mechanism and blood flow reduction in brain capillaries in Alzheimer's disease mouse models. Outside of the laboratory, he is also very active in outreach and the broader community, where he has been a fellow with the NSF GK-12 CLIMB program in 2012-2013.In his free time, he enjoys spending time with friends, dancing and practicing sports such as swimming, rock climbing, basketball, baseball. He is a passionate Salsa dancer and can be found at the Latin parties that regularly take place around Ithaca. He is heavily interested in surfing and climbing, where he can simultaneously enjoy the constant adrenaline exposure and use that time to meditate about life. Most of all, he enjoys the company of his friends, whether having potluck dinners or engaging in other fun activities.