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Juan Flores Biography

Juan Flores

Hometown: I was born in Mexico and I lived there for 8 years before moving to Quincy, Washington, where I lived until coming to Central.

Major: Biochemistry

Research or Scholarly Interests: I am interested in the effects of nanoparticles on biological systems as well as biological mechanisms at a molecular level. I am currently working with Dr. Carin Thomas on the toxicity of Buckminsterfullerene (C60) on mitochondrial activity and the production of reactive oxygen species.

What do you like the most about being in SOLVER?
The thing I like the most about the SOLVER program is that it gave me the opportunity to become actively involved in undergraduate research. I also like that I’ve met some incredible, like-minded individuals.

What drew you to majoring in "STEM" (the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics)? I’ve always had an interest in science. The idea of making new discoveries and constantly learning new things intrigues me.

What advice would you give to high school or college students who think they might be interested in STEM subjects?  I would encourage anyone who is even remotely interested in STEM to pursue that interest. Try a few classes. Don’t let what anyone says scare or discourage you. It is a difficult path but it is also very rewarding and with hard work and determination we can all succeed in STEM.

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