Lionel Rodriguez


I am gay and I am a neuroscientist. //

I’m a neuroscience PhD student at Johns Hopkins working at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development with Dr. Keri Martinowich. I’m interested in the molecular and cellular underpinnings of depression and addiction. Previously, I was research assistant and student at Yale University where I received my B.S. in Chemistry and Psychology and a postbaccalaureate research assistant and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. My long-term career goal is to stay in academia and, as an unapologetically loud and proud Mexican, gay, first-generation college student, I am passionate about implementing systematic changes to increase representation of people of color and LGBTQ folks in STEM. I am dedicated to providing a voice to groups that are typically been silenced in academia and I hope to inspire others to speak up, be proud, and share their stories, as well as to remind them and others that people from marginalize backgrounds do belong in academia and contribute highly to STEM fields.