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José Carlos Zepeda

Scientist Poet Person

José Zepeda is a poet-scientist hybrid who originates from San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora in México. During the day, he is interested in how neural circuits within the brain can rewire themselves with experience. Whenever he gets a break from the lab, José is intent on crafting prose and poetry centered around the contemporary Xicano experience. He is a semi-finalist at the 2018 College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), the international collegiate poetry conference and an invited feature/guest at many events in Boston, where he completed his bachelor’s in biochemistry. He is currently editing his book titled “Xunuta,” where he aims to continue the tradition of deliberate and delicate storytelling. He is also planning a podcast where he fuses his passions of science, poetry and advocacy together. José currently resides in Nashville, TN where he is pursuing a PhD in neuropharmacology at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine