Dominic Javonillo


Ph.D. Neurobiology & Behavior (expected 2026)
B.S. Biological Sciences (2018)


Dominic studies neuroimmunology with the effects of mouse coronavirus infection towards aging and Alzheimer's Disease in mouse brains.


Dominic earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences from University of California, Irvine. After graduating, he worked with a UCI team in developing and profiling new mouse models to study Alzheimer's Disease. Now, he is a PhD Student with the UCI Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at UCI School of Biological Sciences. He has entered the field of neuroimmunology, which focuses on interactions between the immune system and the nervous system. Dominic's research interests center around the coronavirus infection within the brain of both old mice and mice susceptible to Alzheimer's Disease. Beyond the bench, Dominic enjoys traveling, reading, exploring eateries, and listening to podcasts.

Why is science communication important to you personally?

Scientists need to do a better job of engaging with communities that they are trying to target through their research. Bridging the science community with members of the public, especially community leaders, can potentially strengthen trust and interpersonal connections within biomedical research. Creating science that impacts society does not just involve the scientists. It is an active, collaborative effort with community members to address questions that concern both these populations and scientists together. As science is moving towards diversifying its workforce, science engagement and communication is a first-step in developing new ideas, bridging multiple disciplines, and inviting the public in on the scientific process.

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