OURS National Scholarships

Maribel Patino : Soros Fellowship : Soros Fellowship

Maribel Patino (’14, MCB, with emphasis in neurobiology) conducted her honors thesis in the lab of Prof. Daniela Kaufer studying the relationship between traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. She graduated with high distinction and was awarded the department’s I.L. Chaikoff Memorial Award. She went on to work at the University of Pennsylvania in the lab of Professor Edward B. Lee through the NIH Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program, studying the role of a repeat expansion mutation in the development of neurodegenerative diseases. Maribel received the Soros Fellowship Fellowship to support work towards a PhD/MD in Neuroscience and Medicine at University of California, San Diego. Her research involves developing an innovative circuit mapping technology by combining rabies tracing with single cell transcriptomics and investigating the efficiency of monosynaptic rabies tracing. Maribel is also passionate about increasing and retaining diversity in science and medicine.