Kevin was born in the Philippines and moved to Los Angeles, CA when he was 10 years old. Through various programs such as NIH-RISE and CIRM at California State University – Los Angeles, he studied Microbiology and Biochemistry for his B.S. and M.S. degrees, respectively, and researched topics such as the role host defense peptides play in preventing the formation of bacterial biofilms and the therapeutic potential of placental stem cells. At Yale, he joined a Cell Biology laboratory but recently switched laboratories during his 3rd year (2020-21) to study Legionella pneumophila pathogenesis in the laboratory of Dr. Craig Roy. Throughout the week, you can likely catch Kevin on a jog, playing tennis, or spending his grad school stipend at various restaurants around New Haven. But most especially, he will 100% be at the local karaoke bar on Friday nights.