Grisel Lopez

Grisel Lopez

Grisel Lopez

Power Words

Power Words: Spanish: 
Nunca te rindas
Power Words: English: 
Never give up

Where were you born? 

Puerto Rico

What school did you attend? 

University of Kansas Medical Center

What gained you interest in the NIH? 

As a neurologist, I have always been interested in research as a way to contribute to the improvement of patients’ quality of life and health outcomes. Clinical research is incredibly valuable in achieving both goals. NIH provides a unique opportunity to merge clinical observations with bench research. The collaborative atmosphere between clinical and basic scientists is very motivating.

What kind of work do you do at the NIH? 

I evaluate patients with neurodegenerative conditions associated with genetic changes. Following patients with Parkinson disease or Dementia with Lewy Bodies allows me to try to find clinical features that may help us identify individuals at an earlier stage of their disease.

What message would you like to send to young Hispanics who are considering going to college? 

Be fearless and uncompromising with regards to your passion and dreams of success. Seek guidance from mentors early and consistently. Keep your eyes open for unexpected opportunities. Trust your abilities and always strive to be the very best you can be.