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2017 Predoctoral Researchers


Paloma I. Meneses Giles

National Autonomous University of Mexico
Piotrowski Lab

Paloma Meneses Giles first developed a particular interest in cell and developmental biology in high school and was thoroughly hooked after participating in the National Biology Olympiad in Mexico.

Later, as an undergraduate at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Cuernavaca, she explored the field as she moved among different labs and became captivated by the nature of stem cells and the complexity of cancer biology. That’s when she set her sights on a career devoted to improving available cancer therapies.

Meneses first heard of the Stowers Institute from a fellow graduate of UNAM who is a predoctoral researcher at the Graduate School of the Stowers Institute. After some exploration, Meneses found it offered the perfect balance between her interests in cancer and stem cell biology, along with the opportunity to master the skills and techniques of rigorous science.

In 2014 while still an undergraduate, Meneses joined the lab of Stowers Investigator Linheng Li, PhD, to work on a one-year project. She later earned her BS in genomic sciences from UNAM.

After graduation, she returned to work in the Li lab. Meneses says her exposure to the fresh, visionary culture at the Institute clinched her decision to spend the next few years training, exploring, and uncovering answers to intriguing scientific questions.

Today, she continues her exciting work in the Stowers predoctoral program. During this foundational phase of her scientific career, Meneses wants to improve her writing, speaking, and presentation skills so that she can best communicate scientific ideas to both researchers and non-scientists. She also aspires to master the ability to critically evaluate scientific questions and results.

Outside the lab, Meneses enjoys reading, going to the movies, spending time outdoors, and pursuing her newest interest, kung fu.