Current Role: Neuroscience Research Fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Enrique Torres Hernandez was a first-generation college student and graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, where he majored in Mathematics, Economics, and Political Science. His interest in healthcare and health policy began during his childhood, when he was exposed at an early age to the many disparities and problems in the U.S. healthcare system. His experiences and knowledge has driven him to study research in the healthcare field, in order to better understand the complex issues that surround healthcare access. Because of Enrique’s love for knowledge and learning, he plans to pursue a PhD in Applied Mathematics, Economics, Behavioral Neuroscience, or a health-related field.
During SUMR, Enrique worked with Dr. Blanca Himes, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, on a project concerning the Visualization of Relationships among Demographic and Environmental Variables with Asthma Prevalence in the United States. Enrique also worked with Dr. Meghan Lane-Fall, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care on a project attempting to standardize operating room (OR) to intensive care unit (ICU) handoffs at two Philadelphia hospitals. For the first project, Enrique conducted regression data analysis using the statistical software R, to analyze relationships among variables and Asthma prevalence. On the second project, Enrique observed and recorded transitions and handoffs from the OR to the ICU, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods to help improve communication during handoffs.
Outside of research, Enrique has many interests and hobbies including playing piano, singing, dancing, skateboarding, and playing basketball and soccer. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and being involved in his community through community service. In college, Enrique was a member of various groups and organizations at St. Mary’s University including the Society of Mathematicians, the Chapel Choir, and other honor societies for economics and political science. He also worked at St. Mary’s during the school year and he serves on the executive board of two advocacy groups on campus. Enrique was a member of the multicultural and community service fraternity Omega Delta Phi; and volunteered in Liturgical music by playing piano and singing during spiritual and religious retreats this upcoming school year. In the future, Enrique plans on being a mentor for other students through a leadership program at his school and continue conducting research in the health economics field.