David is a Ph.D. student in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UCLA. His research is focused on the atmospheric chemistry of particulate matter and how it relates to health effects from air pollution exposure. Current research investigates the mechanisms of free radical production from air pollutants dissolved in lung fluid. He hopes his research will provide chemical metrics for regulation of particulate matter pollution. After graduate school, he hopes to enter the world of policy advising and eventually run for office.
David was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and raised in southeast Texas. He became a naturalized US citizen in 2009. David began his academic journey as a community college student at Moorpark College, eventually transferring to UCLA and graduating with a B.S. in Chemistry. David is a strong supporter of public science literacy. He hopes to educate the public on science through teaching and public outreach. As a member of UCLA's Organization for Cultural Diversity in Science, David helps give presentations that inform underrepresented community college students on transferring to university and applying to graduate school. David maintains a passion for chemistry, teaching and inspiring others. He also enjoys playing guitar, live music, cooking and spending time with his family.