Miguel Cuevas (Research Assistant) has a background in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry and neuroscience. He received his BS in Natural Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey and an MA in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo. During his undergraduate studies, he completed a summer internship in David Andes lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In Andes lab, he studied the role of the biofilm matrix of the opportunistic yeast Candida albicans in drug resistance. After completing his BA, he joined Constantine Haidaris lab at University of Rochester in NY where he studied the use of photodynamic therapy against Candida albicans infections. During his MA project in Richard Gronostajski lab, he studied the role of Nuclear Factor I in neural stem cells proliferation and differentiation. From this work, he became fascinated with neuroscience and joined CGND. At CGND, he maintains a mouse colony used for studies in cell-type specific translatomics and spatial transcriptomic in the spinal cord. Also, he uses the hSOD1*G93A ALS mouse model for studying the role of cells outside the nervous system in neurodegeneration.