Roberto Lopez Cervera

UMN MSTP student Roberto Lopex Cervera


Entering class: 2017

University of California, Santa Cruz
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major
B.S., 2014

MSTP Student Governance:

  • Student Admssions and Recruitment Committee, 2019-2020

Thesis Advisor: Benjamin Hayden, Ph.D.

Thesis Research

Effects of fear, stress, and anxiety on curiosity. People are willing to pay a cost either to receive information they are curious about or to avoid negative information they would like to stay ignorant of. I am interested in studying how information is processed through the neural circuits involved in these behaviors.

Publications (pubmed)

Work prior to the UMN MSTP:

Yang J, Lopez Cervera R, Tye SJ, Ekker SC, Pierret C. Adolescent mental health education InSciEd Out: a case study of an alternative middle school population. J Transl Med. 2018 Apr 3;16(1):84. PMCID: PMC5883586

Lee HB, Schwab TL, Koleilat A, Ata H, Daby CL, Cervera RL, McNulty MS, Bostwick HS, Clark KJ. Allele-specific quantitative PCR for accurate, rapid, and cost-effective genotyping. Hum Gene Ther. 2016 Jun;27(6):425-35. doi: 10.1089/hum.2016.011. PMCID: PMC4931339

Westcot SE, Hatzold J, Urban MD, Richetti SK, Skuster KJ, Harm RM, Lopez Cervera R, Umemoto N, McNulty MS, Clark KJ, Hammerschmidt M, Ekker SC. Protein-Trap Insertional Mutagenesis Uncovers New Genes Involved in Zebrafish Skin Development, Including a Neuregulin 2a-Based ErbB Signaling Pathway Required during Median Fin Fold Morphogenesis. PLoS One. 2015 Jun 25;10(6):e0130688. PMCID: PMC4482254