Monique Mendes recently completed her Ph.D. in neuroscience at the University of Rochester in New York. She is the first Black woman to receive a doctorate from the institution in the field of neuroscience.
Dr. Mendes, who is originally from Jamaica, obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Florida. She chose the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Del Monte Institute for Neuroscience to pursue her doctoral degree. Recently, Dr. Mendes successfully defended her thesis, titled “The Kinetics of Microglial Ontogeny and Maturation in the Adult Brain.”
Dr. Mendes will now engage in a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. There she will conduct research on how learning and memory are impacted by specific cells called glia, which are associated with brain health, development, and repair from injury.