ESP Biography

DANIEL CARDOZO PINTO, PhD student in Neuroscience

Major: Neuroscience

College/Employer: Stanford

Year of Graduation: 2023

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Hi all! I'm Danny.

I was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to the US when I was five years old. Growing up in Fremont, California I became fascinated with the natural world during visits to local libraries, museums, and zoos. When I was a college student at UC Berkeley, I focused on studying the brain as a way to understand how we perceive and engage with the world around us. Double-majoring in psychology and neurobiology, I worked in a lab that studies how the chemical dopamine signals to the brain when an experience feels good, and how this process goes wrong in diseases like depression. As a grad student at Stanford, I now use lasers to turn specific groups of neurons in mice on or off in order to understand how cells that make dopamine work together with cells that make serotonin during different animal behaviors.

I had to discover how to become a scientist on my own, and I became a Splash teacher so that you won't have to! I teach a class about what science is, where and how science happens, and how to begin pursuing a science career. See you there!

Past Classes

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B6747: From science fair volcanoes to nobel prizes: everything that high school doesn’t tell you about being a scientist in Splash Fall 2018 (Dec. 01 - 02, 2018)
How does science allow us to understand everything from atoms to galaxies? Why does the scientific method apply to the study of both living things and inanimate objects? How do we actually know if a scientific finding is real or not? Who pays for science and where does science happen? These are some of the questions that don’t always get answered directly in a high school science class. For example, our high school science courses were focused on a few textbooks full of memorizable facts and a science fair with too many model volcanoes. How does this experience of science compare to the research that happens in Stanford labs every day? We are two neuroscience graduate students here to tell you all of the “insider info” we wish we could go back in time and tell our younger selves when we first became interested in biology. Our goal is to give you a better understanding of how the scientific process builds our understanding of the world, how science as an institution fits into our society, how to join it if you want to, and how it affects your life whether you become a scientist or not.