Garcia, FranciscoHe/him
Postdoctoral Associate
MIT Brain and Cognitive Sciences

43 Vassar Street,  Room: 46-4285
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Phone: (617) 452-3716

Education & Training

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering /Chemistry, 2017

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D, Neuroscience, 2023

Short Biography

Francisco graduated from MIT in 2017 with a dual bachelors in Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry. As an undergraduate, he synthesized magnetic nanoparticles for neuronal stimulation in Professor Polina Anikeeva’s lab. He joined MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and the Heiman Lab as a graduate student where he received his PhD in 2023. As a graduate student he worked on transcriptomic profiling of the human blood-brain barrier (BBB) and understanding mechanisms of BBB breakdown implicated in Huntington’s disease. Now as a postdoctoral associate, he is utilizing gene therapy approaches to directly target the cerebrovasculature and modulate disease phenotypes in neurodegeneration.