Ecuador (Fulbright S&T Alumnus 2010)
Juan Esquivel is a Ph.D. student studying Computer Science in the Computational Life Sciences program at Purdue University. His research work focuses on protein bioinformatics, specifically, on the development of computer models that can improve current understanding of proteins in living organisms.
Protein Bioinformatics is the interdisciplinary field that combines current biological knowledge about proteins and the computational techniques that can be used to simulate how they behave. DNA and gene analysis have been widely used for medical applications for several years now. It is hoped that further analyzation of proteins, which are created based on each individual’s DNA, will lead to a better understanding of life.
Born in San José, Costa Rica, Juan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering at Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica. Upon graduation, he started working for a software development company in San José while teaching undergraduate classes part-time at his alma mater. The experience of working in industry while continuing to be involved in academia showed him the potential and the importance of collaboration between the two worlds. He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, and with the support of his International Science & Technology Award hopes to combine his expertise in computational life sciences and business to help his country utilize its biological richness and develop further expertise in the field of Computational Biology.
PhD (2014, Computer Science) Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
MS (2010, Computer Science) Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
MA (2007, Business Administration) Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
BS (2003, Computer Engineering)Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, Costa Rica