Genesis Perez
-- Introduce yourself here!-
Hello! My name is Genesis Perez-Melara and I am an incoming freshman at Bryn Mawr College. I was born and raised in Boston and graduated from Boston Latin Academy. My parents are from El Salvador and came to this country for the american dream. Because of their hard work and determination, I am able to receive exceptional education. I hope one day I will be able to give back to them in any way I can.
Fun Facts About Me:
~ I've been playing tennis for six years now
~I'm a feminist
~I am the youngest out of three children
~I am a baptist
~I've been to Argentina, Canada, and El Salvador and hope to visit much more countries in the future.

-- Introduce your lab here! -
The past 7 weeks i’ve had the privledge be working in Dr.Margaret Livingstone's lab as an intern. I’ve been working on a project under the mentorship of Dr.Carlos Ponce titled “Training Monkey Genio” The research focus of the laboratory is visual object recognition: how do neurons allow us to recognize a familiar image, especially after it has been distorted or altered in some way? Neurons in the inferotemporal cortex process this visual information.
-- Introduce your project here! -
I am aiding Dr. Ponce’s project to create a protocol in which rhesus macaques can be trained to perform tasks in the relative comfort of their home cage. The task we are having them trained to perform is called Delayed Matching-to-Sample. We set up a touchscreen monitor for the monkey, present him an image, hide it for a period of time, and then present it again next to another image. Here he must choose the first image that was presented to him in order to receive a reward. Behavioral studies carry so much variability due to the limited knowledge that we have of the brain. This study only took place for one monkey. Other monkeys may respond differently to this program. But with the money we worked with, Genio, he showed an expeditious mastery of the task. This data contributes to the hopes of having this protocol becoming a regulated part of related experiments.