Francisco Xavier Pena

Francisco Xavier Pena
Massachusetts Institute of Technology | MIT · Picower Institute for Learning and Memory

Bachelor of Science


I want to pursue a PhD in neuroscience because I want to investigate the mechanism behind the formation of what is held most precious in our life: memories. In particular, I am interested in an approach that integrates behavioral, electrophysiological, and biological techniques to understand the roles of neocortical regions and the hippocampus during learning and memory.
Additional affiliations
January 2012 - present
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Student
  • My project centers on the role of the neurogranin protein in the molecular and cellular representations of a context. To determine changes in molecular expression, we image the mouse hippocampus using immunoflourescence and confocal microscopy.