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2016 Predoctoral Researchers


José (Fibo) López Hernández

Center for Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (CINVESTAV) National Autonomous University of Mexico
Zanders Lab

José (Fibo) López Hernández has been at the Stowers Institute before, first as a Stowers Summer Scholar then as a graduate researcher. His friend Melvin Noe Gonzalez, a Stowers predoctoral researcher, encouraged him to come to the Institute for a summer. After a season working in Associate Investigator Matthew Gibson’s lab, he was hooked.

López Hernández studied genomic sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Cuernavaca, earning a B.S., then completed his master’s program in bioinformatics, biostatistics, and cellular differentiation at CINVESTAV in Irapuato, Mexico, in 2015. He thought his next step was a Ph.D. in biology and math, but his summer at the Stowers Institute changed that plan.

He found himself amazed by the beauty and power of experiments. The power to test a hypothesis and establish new knowledge intrigued him, so he decided to finish his master’s degree in Mexico, then returned to the Institute to work for a year in Investigator Ron Yu’s lab studying the basis of sensory perception.

Now, he’s ready to pursue his Ph.D. He appreciates the great responsibility inherent in bioinformatics and relishes the challenge ahead to solve some of biology’s greatest questions.

López Hernández hopes to learn how to develop and manage his own projects, communicate the results effectively, and become an active member of the scientific community inside and outside the Institute. In his spare time, he writes short stories set in his home country of Mexico.