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The Team

Who We Are

Dr. Juan Pablo 'JP' Palavicini

Principal Investigator

JP has a broad background in neuroscience and metabolism with extensive training and expertise in the molecular mechanisms underlying aging and age-related diseases, specifically Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and diabetes, with a particular focus on animal model systems and lipid metabolism.


Aside from doing research and writing manuscripts and grants, JP loves traveling with his family, playing and watching sports (soccer, basketball, tennis, bowling), watching Netflix series (Lupin being his favorite so far), and drinking (in moderation) craft beers (stouts, porters, and hazy IPAs being his favorites).

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Eduardo Gutierrez Kuri, MS

IBMS PhD student

Eduardo, the first PhD student to join the Palavicini Lab (Dec 2023), received his MD from Anáhuac University in Mexico City and his MS in Neuroscience from UTSA. He has been conducting research in this field for over 2 years. His research interests include neurodegenerative diseases, neuroimmunology, neuroplasticity, and molecular neuroscience.


Beyond the laboratory, Eduardo enjoys watching movies, sports, and tabletop gaming. 

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Juliet Garcia Rogers

IBMS PhD student

Juliet, a former UT Health Link PREP Alumnus and current PhD student, has been co-mentored by Dr. Sarah Hopp and Dr. Palavicini since 2022. Her research interests include neurodegeneration, neurodevelopment, and pharmacology.

Juliet grew up in Texas and received her BS in Biology and Psychology (Magnum Cum Laude) from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in May 2022. She enjoys spending time with her multiple cats.

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Laila Scroggins

HUADAR Summer Student and Undergraduate Researcher

Laila, the first HUADAR (Howard University Advancing Diversity in Aging Research) summer student to join the Palavicini lab (June-August 2023), is working on her Biology Major and Chemistry Minor at HU. Laila, a UNCF and TMCF scholar, continues to contribute to the Palavicini lab remotely as an undergraduate volunteer.

Laila presented her work at the 2023 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting in Tampa, FL.

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Klarisse Echevarria

Klarisse, the first Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy scholar to join the Palavicini lab (June 2023), is a talented high school student that will be working in the Palavicini Lab for 3 consecutive summers.

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Andrea Gonzalez

Undergraduate researcher,

Trinity University

Andrea, an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience at Trinity University, joined the Palavicini lab in March 2024. Her research interests include neurodegeneration, behavioral science, psychological disorders, and neurochemistry. Andrea grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Her other interests/hobbies are art history, religious studies, and watching movies. 

Penelope Quiles

SPUR Program Student

Penelope, the first Summer Physiology Undergraduate Researcher (SPUR) Program student to join the Palavicini lab (June-August 2024), is working on her BS at Washington and Lee University. Penelope's research interests include diabetes, neuroscience, and biochemistry. In her free time, she loves to play volleyball, go to the gym, run, hang out with her friends and family, and volunteer.

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Our Collaborators

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

The Palavicini lab works very close with a number of internal and external collaborators. Doing science in isolation is not only archaic but boring. Collaborations bring our research to the next level.

Internal Collaborators

External Collaborators

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