Daniel joined the NEI and the N-NRL in 2008. He received his B.S. in Neuroscience from UCLA and performed his undergraduate honors research thesis in the lab of Dr. Marie-Francoise Chesselet. There he investigated the essential peptide regions responsible for alpha-synuclein fibrilization and induced toxicity in cell culture. Currently, Daniel is characterizing the functionality of the protein product of a novel adRP gene, KLHL7, under the mentorship of Dr. James Friedman. Daniel is a second year NIH Academy post baccalaureate fellow and has gained an interest in public health and health disparities attributed to race.