Yesenia Garcia

Yesenia Garcia

Diversity and Inclusivity Panel
Yesenia  Garcia

Yesenia Garcia is a Latinx, first-generation, nonbinary scientist, educator, and advocate for diversity. They are currently pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at Emory University. They graduated from Vassar College with a BA in neuroscience and a minor in English with a concentration in race and ethnicity. Their graduate research uses behavioral, pharmacological, and genetic approaches to understand how social experiences influence reward-related decision-making in rodents. Additionally, they are interested in researching the science of sex differences. Outside of the lab, they serve on their Graduate Student Council task force as the LGBTQ representative and are on the executive board of the LGBTQ+ Graduate Coalition. They also teach reproductive health at the high school level and serve as a mentor preparing students to enter college. Yesenia created a blog called NonbinaryNeuro to share their experience navigating academia in hopes of finding community and empowering and supporting fellow students in STEM who have been historically excluded, marginalized, and oppressed.