Javier came to HHMI after a career researching invertebrate antiviral immunity and teaching undergraduate biology and genetics. He facilitates professional learning for educators interested in implementing BioInteractive resources for student-centered teaching. Javier also oversees the translation and implementation of Spanish-language resources.
Javier earned his master’s degree in marine, estuarine, and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland, and his PhD in cell and molecular biology from the Medical University of South Carolina. His research focused on the molecular mechanisms and evolution of antiviral defense in arthropods. Before joining HHMI, he did postdoctoral research at the University of Maryland and Stony Brook University, while pursuing his passion for science education as a lecturer at Northern Virginia Community College.