Research Scientist: an academic career launch pad

After a long start to 2020 including the past four very busy weeks, I’m happy to announce that today March 16th 2020 I accepted a position as Research Scientist at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development in Baltimore, MD, USA.

Asking for help is challenging but is typically worth it

Recently I’ve been thinking on the subject of asking for help. In short, it’s hard to ask for help. It involves admitting to yourself that you can’t solve the problem alone, opening yourself up, hoping that another person will understand you and guide you in the right direction.

A knot of threads: from CSHL to LCG-UNAM to Aldo Barrientos to diversity scholarship opportunities

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to write this post in my mind since May 2018. Today I’m finally typing it on the computer. This will be a rather long post that ties in several threads.

Why I applied to join SNI: the Mexican National Researchers registry

A few days ago a friend of mine told me that I was on the list of newly admitted SNI members. A few have asked me since why did I request to join it.

SciLifeLab Prize: you still have time to participate!

I have recently been getting reminder emails from the Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists. The application deadline is July 15th, 2018! Last year I submitted an entry to this competition and I enjoyed the experience, even if it was a bit rushed.


I recently participated for the first time in a silent retreat (6 hrs) as part of a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. I’ve really been enjoying this course and the experience of learning new ways (for me) to live better and enjoy life more.

Homepage photos: which cheek you show says something?

John Bohannon wrote Scientists’ Photos Reveal Their Inner Mr. Spock which I found funny in a science-curious kind of way. I hadn’t thought about the message you could be sending depending on which cheek you show.

Is science cool?

Adam Ruben shares his answer to whether science is cool or not. Since “cool” depends on the current trends, this question is set on the recent landing of Curiosity. It’s the landrover that recently landed on Mars and has been sending some pictures back.

Pollination video

Great video! Thank you aunt for sending it to me =)