Alejandro Ramirez, MD, PhD, obtained
a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry,
summa cum laude, from the University
of Colorado and an M.Phil in biological
sciences from the University of Cambridge
as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar prior
to enrolling in the MD/PhD program at
Columbia University. His PhD thesis with
Dr. Randy Bruno investigated mechanisms
of neural plasticity and sensory
coding in the rodent somatosensory
system. His dissertation work was
published in the journals Neuron and
Nature Neuroscience and awarded
the Andrew Mark Lippard Memorial
Research Award in Neuroscience. He is
now studying the neural mechanisms
of sensory-cue induced hunger.