Juan Romero was born in Colombia; he immigrated with his family to New Jersey, where he discovered the wonder of science and inquiry. While in middle school, he marveled at the mystery of the cosmos, and fancied himself a future astrophysicist. However, fate surprised him when, in his dreshman year, he discovered the fineness of the life sciences. He joined the Waksman Student Scholars Program in collaboration with Rutgers University, and with mentoring from Mr. Andre Bridgette, generated part of a cDNA library of a bioremediatory plant known as duckweed. Later, in the lab of Dr. Ramsey Foty, Juan ardently investigated tumor biology, and the role that a cancer cell’s external environment had on its ability to metastasize. At this time, he sequentially pursued biology degrees at both Middlesex Community College and Rutgers University
Previous life experiences, including a bout with Tuberculosis at a young age, meant Juan knew that investigation was not his sole calling. Seeing the inequity endogenous to the architecture of our healthcare system, Juan sought training as both a physician and a scientist. He was both grateful and fortunate for his acceptance into the M.D./Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine, where he currently studies in the Neuroscience graduate program. Juan relishes the opportunity to use the knowledge grained from his medical training to further advance and focus his research of disease and therapeutics.
Juan also pursues interests outside of medicine and science. A deep appreciation for acts of movement and physical strain inspire Juan to push himself as a runner, weightlifter, biker, and hiker. The latter he most appreciates with his partner of nearly a decade, Melissa Castro, who encourages Juan to become his best self. Juan also loves the time he can spend with his family, and spurred by the pandemic, has started a discussion club where they talk about their favorite shows, books, movies, albums and so on. Finally, with his induction, Juan anticipates the bonds that he will create with his most splendid new family, the BRASS family.