Yarely Hoffiz

Yarely’s passion for science started out by studying microorganisms. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, but inevitably fell in love with neuroscience after spending a few months at UC-Berkeley and UC-San Francisco studying the role of cholinergic synaptic transmission in the development of retinal circuits and the mechanisms underlying retinal angiogenesis, respectively. In the Forger lab she continues her research in developmental neuroscience studying the role of birth in brain development, focusing specifically in the mechanisms underlying neural activation in the perinatal brain. Besides science, Yarely enjoys spending time with family, exploring nature, cooking, running, calisthenics and yoga.