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Claudia Lopez Lloreda


I'm currently a neuroscience PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania studying how HIV infection impacts the brain and leads to cell death and cognitive decline. I am also a freelance science journalist covering neuroscience, psychology, mental health, and technology and have written for publications like Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and Wired. I also write for the Penn neuroscience blog PennNeuroKnow and am part of the team for the podcast Caminos en Ciencia producing informational science interviews for Spanish-speaking communities. I completed my undergraduate studies in cellular-molecular biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus and did research on the regeneration of the central nervous system of the sea cucumber. Being from Puerto Rico, I am passionate about shining a light on issues affecting vulnerable communities and covering science being done by individuals from historically marginalized groups. I'm excited to be a part of the Mass Media Fellowship at STAT News this summer!


Claudia Lopez Lloreda smiles at the camera wearing a blue jacket with her hair in front of her shoulders. She's standing on a wooden platform in front of a body of water.

University of Pennsylvania

Fellowship Sponsor: American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellowship Host: STAT