The Department of Neuroscience recognizes faculty and staff each month whose hard work and dedication contributes to our mission and whom we’re proud to have on our team. Find out more about the spotlight of the month below!

Manrique-Ronquillo_Pilar_720x720March 2021 Staff Spotlight, Pilar Manrique Ronquillo

Where are you from originally and what led you to Ohio State?

I am originally from Spain and I came to Ohio State for a Postdoctoral Research position.

What lab do you work in and what type of research to do facilitate?

I work in the Popovich Lab and I am trying to determine whether the gut microbiome influences axon regeneration.

What do enjoy doing in your free time, outside of work?

Anything active outside, preferably in nature, such as climbing, hiking, skiing, riding my bike. I also enjoy reading and spending time with friends and family.

What drew you to the field and the role you play in the Department of Neuroscience?

Trying to apply my expertise in gut microbiome research to study how gut microbes influence repair of the central nervous system.

Who is your biggest role model and why?

I have a few and it is hard to choose just one. But, my biggest role model is probably my father for always trying to be a good man who cares immensely for his family and friends, works hard, is full of enthusiasm, is extremely grateful for what he has, and enjoys and appreciates all the wonders of life.

What is your favorite movie, book, or band/singer/songwriter and why?

My favorite book and movie is “The Horse Whisperer” because it is a great story of courage and not giving up. It is also a good love story and it takes place in my favorite place: Montana.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The excitement of seeing things work, mastering things that were once hard, and, above all, getting exciting data- that moment when you are analyzing the data and then you get the answer!!

Do you have any insights or advice to those who are just starting out or are interested in Neuroscience research?

Be patient, be diligent, want it enough, and work hard.

What are some hidden talents of yours?

Riding a bike with no hands and folding homemade tortellini.

What else should we know about you?

I might be a little bit stubborn, I am a hopeless romantic, and I make really good croquets!