Congratulations to CBC's 2018 Outstanding Senior, Jose Rios-Monterrosa! Jose was also selected for a UA Senior Award, The Robie Gold Medal!
Jose is a senior with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular/Cellular biology. Born in Los Angeles, California, Jose grew up in Phoenix, Arizona before enrolling at the University of Arizona. In the spring of 2016, he joined the lab of Dr. Victor J. Hruby lab. Jose's work focuses on investigating the properties of a drug needed to activate a receptor in neural cells called MC4R. Activation of this receptor has been shown to protect against neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's disease, in mice models. Apart from research, Jose is also actively involved in the Tucson community. He frequently serves as a volunteer with the Mobile Health Clinic, is Co-President of the Flying Samaritans, and is a campus coordinator for the non-profit organization Vive Peru. His devotion to serving the community stems from the fact that many members of his family didn’t have health insurance when he was growing up. As a result, he often went to free medical clinics to get healthcare. Seeing first hand the difference that that these programs can make inspired him to pursue a career in medicine. In December, Jose got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Madison, after being a together for 9 years. Next year, Jose will be attending medical school at the University of Iowa.