Mr. Mendez graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science with a concentration in Cell and Developmental Biology in the Summer of 2012. From high school and throughout most of his undergraduate years he worked as a veterinary technician working primarily in small animal medicine. Just before starting his junior year in college (Summer 2010), he began working in the lab of Dr. Nilay Patel, focused on profiling Wnt receptor expression in neural differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells, in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program. Additionally, he was selected for the HHMI Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) for Summer of 2011 where he worked in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in the lab of Dr. Stanley Fields focused on studying protein-sequence function relationships in the WW domain using phage display in conjunction with high-throughput sequencing.
Currently in the Schwartz lab, he is mainly responsible for optimizing and running animal behavior studies on NSG mice (Jackson Laboratories), animal husbandry, colony management and any current and future animal surgical procedures for the purpose of the project, along with taking blood samples for blood biochemistry analysis and/or analysis by flow cytometry to evaluate cell engraftment success.
Outside the lab, Mr. Mendez, is mainly involved with ministry activities with his church and volunteering as a medical assistant/translator at a free health clinic. He enjoys traveling, hiking, going to shows/concerts, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family.