Education & Training
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., Materials Science and Engineering /Chemistry, 2017
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. His undergraduate thesis focused on the characterization of ferrimagnetic nanorings and understanding how their unique morphology impacted their heating rates under different alternating magnetic fields. He joined MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences as a graduate student in the fall of 2017 and the Heiman lab in the spring of 2018. He is currently working on profiling the human blood-brain barrier (BBB) and understanding mechanisms of BBB breakdown implicated in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s Disease.