Javier was born and raised in the east side community of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. He is a descendent of indigenous groups from central Mexico, and a proud member of the local Aztec dancing community here in Southern California. He has been an Aztec dancer for nearly a decade, and has participated in cultural ceremonies throughout the region. During his time at university he taught his cultural traditions to willing students, organizations, and university faculty, while emphasizing cultural appreciation, acceptance and understanding of all ethnic groups and their unique practices.
Javier graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology and a minor in Chemistry. He has training in Forensic Sciences, having taken courses and held internships in both academic and real-world settings related to Forensics. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s REU Grant, which gave him the opportunity to study plant genetics at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. During his internship, he developed a new method to easily differentiate between species of parasitic plants found in the region. He is currently in the process of completing his internship research for publication. Following his research in Alabama, he studied at Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands where his main academic focus was Chemistry and Artificial Intelligence.
Having such a broad educational foundation to draw from, Javier continues to aspire to greater heights. He is currently preparing for graduate school and beyond, with his final goal being an MD-PhD dual degree. He hopes to use his acquired knowledge and education to help his community rise above adversity, while also supplementing his own passion for research to gain a position where he can better the world. Javier hopes to make an impact on his students while at Tree Academy.