Miguel Jimenez


Miguel Jimenez





Miguel Angel Jimenez pursues a major in molecular biology and microbiology, and a minor in medieval and Renaissance studies. He has worked in basic science labs on cancer and neuroscience research and is currently completing a thesis on brain tumor biology. Along with his oncology research, Miguel studies the philosophical and theological aspects of early modern Spanish literature. He has received numerous scholarships and research awards, plays the flute, is fluent in Spanish, volunteers at a health clinic for the uninsured, and founded a registered student organization to fight child sex trafficking. After graduation, Miguel hopes to attend a top-tier medical school, where he will pursue a career in academic medicine. He plans on becoming a neurosurgeon at a teaching hospital, where he can contribute to medical education and lead groundbreaking research in neurological diseases.

Undergraduate Major

Molecular Biology and Microbiology

Future Plans

Neurosurgeon MD


Knockdown of Embryonic Stem Cell-Associated Genes Causes Radiosensitization and Enhances Chemosensitivity to Temozolomide in Glioblastoma Multiforme”

Mentor: Kiminobu Sugaya, Ph.D.

-Studies molecular mechanisms of radioresistance of the brain tumor glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and analyzes novel strategies for its radiosensitization through direct characterization of patient-derived glioblastoma stem cells.

- Investigates and defines molecular targets to increase the effectiveness of drug therapy for treatment of GBM by knocking down embryonic stem cells’ gene expression using small interference RNA (siRNA) technology.

“Grace, Faith, and Good Works: An Analysis of the Cultural and Philosophical-Theological Contexts in the Early Hispanic Transatlantic Textual Development”

Mentor: Martha García, Ph.D.

-Examines concepts of creative agency in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spanish and transatlantic literature, with an emphasis on the theater of the Spanish dramatist Tirso de Molina (1584-1648).

-Explores how the sixteenth-century transatlantic cultural exchange between Spain and the Americas contributed to a new literary and textual approach in early modern Spanish philosophy and Christian theology.


Medicine and Health Sciences

Miguel Jimenez