Patrick Rizk

Mentor: Dr. Diego Rincon-Limas
College of Medicine
"While taking the Science for Life seminar course my freshman year, I heard all about the incredible research that Dr. Rincon-Limas's lab conducts. My current project in optogenetics is a new and pioneering field of research and I am so excited to be a part of this scientific community."




French and Francophone Studies

Research Interests

  • Genetic Engineering
  • Neurology
  • Drosophila modeling

Academic Awards

  • Dean's List 2015
  • University Scholars Program 2016


  • Center for Undergraduate Research Board of Students
  • Florida Blue Key Speakers' Bureau
  • Preprofessional Service Organization


  • Camp Boggy Creek
  • Noah's Endeavor
  • Relay For Life

Hobbies and Interests

  • Food Connoisseur
  • Soccer
  • Music

Research Description

Engineering of optogenetic vectors for spatiotemporal control of gene expression
Creating a genetic system that allows the control of protein expression by certain wavelengths of light.