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Derek Puin Palacios

Research Assistant

Derek is an undergraduate biochemistry major at Hunter College, and a proud immigrant from Cuenca, Ecuador. His journey has taken him from Ecuador to the life of a pre-med student. He has a huge passion for research — it's where he gets to satisfy his curiosity and contribute to something bigger. When he's not in the lab, you can find him on the soccer field. It's hisgo-to way to unwind and have fun. In between studies, research, and soccer, he also works part-time as a barista, brewing up coffee and conversations.

Derek Puin Palacios



Hunter College

BA in Biochemistry

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