My name is Eduardo. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where I completed my bachelor's degree in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. During college, I was recruited by the National Institutes of Health's Minority Access to Research Careers (NIH-MARC) program in order to support and accelerate my transition into my Ph.D. studies and a career in academia. As part of this program, I performed research from my freshman year through my senior year at UPR Mayagüez, Rutgers University, and UC Berkeley. My research topics have included Genetics
, Virology, Plant Biotechnology, and Embryology. After completing my bachelor's degree, I chose to come to Stanford University, where I'm currently in the fourth year of my Ph.D. studies in Developmental Biology
(Embryology) working in the Department of Genetics.
My experience with teaching began during my undergraduate years, when I was able to serve as a tutor in Chemistry
and Biology. The curriculum for my Industrial Biotechnology bachelor's degree was designed as a triple major in Biology, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
, so I've always felt very comfortable tutoring these subjects. At Stanford, I've had the opportunity to work with several organizations including the Center for Latin
American Studies, Stanford Splash, and Stanford BioAIMS, offering lessons and hands-on experience in Embryology and Molecular Biology to middle school and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds. During these lessons, I try not only to communicate basic scientific principles, but also plant the seed of curiosity and excitement about the natural sciences.
One of the best experiences I've had as a teacher was during an Embryology lecture I was offering to a group of 7th graders: at one point, one of the girls looked up from the microscope and said, "I didn't know science
could be this cool!" Hearing those words was very rewarding for me, and I've experienced a lot of drive and excitement for teaching ever since. I'm currently working with Stanford BioAIMS (Biomedical Association for the Interest of Minority Students) to establish a pen pals program between students at local schools and Stanford researchers who would answer their questions about science and eventually invite them for a tour of the Stanford labs to see what it's like to work as a scientist.
I've worked non-stop in research laboratories since my freshman year of college, but being able to communicate knowledge is just as important as producing knowledge. I believe teaching is an essential part of my experience as a researcher, and I appreciate any opportunity to become better at it. Being raised in Puerto Rico, both English
were required subjects from the 1st grade
through college, and most of my Science and Math courses during college were taught using both languages. As a result, I'm able to provide lessons in either language
whenever necessary. As a researcher, I'm also able to supplement my lessons with practical knowledge about how basic concepts are applied every day in the laboratory.
I look forward to serving as your tutor! Please feel free to message me if you have any questions and thank you for your consideration! :)