Research Teaching Leader
Lillian Perez graduated from DePaul University in 2013 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. As a PhD Candidate in the Neurobiology group at the University of Illinois at Chicago, she is currently investigating the regulatory mechanisms of sex-specific motor neuron identity in an elegant model nervous system (C. elegans). In her undergraduate experiences Lillian researched in several labs across the Chicagoland area, allowing her to explore a multitude of topics and approaches to investigate biological research: What are the cortical effects of behavioral therapy following traumatic brain injury in a rat model? Do distinct eusocial honeybee species exhibit differential gene expression between social castes? Could there be potential biomarkers for early detection of an inherited neurodegenerative disease (Batten’s)? The hunt for answers to each of these research questions propelled her into becoming a critical thinker and prospective scientist. Perez is an NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow and most recently a Research Teaching Leader to a cohort of undergraduate STEM students immersed in the Summer Research Opportunity Program at UIC. Her teaching experience is in Cellular Biology Laboratory, Biology of the Brain, and Advanced Mammalian Physiology.