Matheus Victor

Matheus Victor

Neurosciences
Inducted in 2015

Matheus B. Victor is a National Science Foundation Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis. His research is aimed at developing novel approaches to study and treat Huntington’s disease (HD), a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease that remains untreatable. He recently published a study demonstrating that human skin cells can be reprogrammed into a highly enriched population of brain cells that are primarily affected in HD patients in the journal Neuron. For his research, Matheus has been awarded the Tom Thatch Award from the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience and the Viktor Hamburger Award from the Department of Developmental Biology at Washington University. Additionally, Matheus is the President of the Graduate Association of Latin American Students (GALAS) and a student representative for the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences Diversity Steering Committee at Washington University. His outreach initiatives, targeted at providing scientific education to Hispanic children whose parents have just immigrated to the United States, has been awarded prizes by the Sigma-Aldrich Foundation and the James E. McLeod Awards Program at Washington University. Ultimately, Matheus aspires to become an academic scientist and continue to work towards bridging bench and bedside research by generating in vitro platforms to screen novel therapies and accelerate the time between discovery and application.