Student Spotlight – Leonides Catarino

Headshot of Leonides Catarino

Leonides (Leo) Catarino is a 3rd-year undergraduate student majoring in Biology. He is the first to go to college in his family, and pursuing the pre-med route became less daunting when he joined PSHP as the 2020-21 cohort. Through PSHP, he became interested in the numerous possibilities healthcare can be and the impact one can have when practicing medicine. A major interest he wishes to pursue in his medical career is preventive medicine and ways to become an active member of the community to improve health outcomes. He also became a member of UCLA All Brains through PSHP, where he became aware of the issues of receiving limited support for neurodiverse college students. He is currently working with a group on a project, NeuroConnect, where they intend to address the limited resources for individuals who are neurodiverse and have little information about accommodation requests in a work setting. With curiosity about understanding diseases, he joined a lab at UCLA, where he investigates immune responses using nanoparticles under a group of Ph.D. researchers. 

Aside from academics, he enjoys practicing kickboxing and mixed martial arts. He also enjoys practicing weight lifting on a weekly basis which has become his hobby of choice going on for five years now.