Miguel Rentería, PhD

Human Geneticist, Data Scientist & Policy Analyst

As a society, we need to build bridges between researchers, clinicians, society, and policymakers.

Current Work

In his research, Miguel applies computational and statistical methods to understand complex human traits. His interests range from brain structure to psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases. He is also interested in bridging the gap between science and policy and decision-makers.

Personal Hero

Stephen Hawking

Words of Strength

Building bridges between disciplines


Miguel believes we need to build bridges between researchers, clinicians, society, and policymakers so that we can work together and address the issues of aging, brain health, and the pressing relationship between mental health and chronic illness.


Miguel applies genetics and brain imaging methods to understand brain diseases. He focuses on Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and self-harm, but also research related conditions such as chronic pain and sleep disorders. He also develops evidence-based policy reports for the government.


Miguel will conduct genetics research about the genetic risk factors of neurodegenerative diseases and dementia in diverse populations. Also, he will explore the feasibility of a project aimed to develop an education and support platform for carers of people with dementia in Latin America.


Mexico, like the rest of Latin America, is culturally and ethnically diverse. Its population has a complex admixed genetic makeup. This offers unique opportunities for genetics and medical research, including scientific questions pertaining to dementia and brain health.

Education & Experience

Miguel holds a PhD in Human Genetics from The University of Queensland (Australia) and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford (UK). He was an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School (USA) and at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (Australia). He was Director of the Office of Science & Technology for the Mexican Congress and Co-Founder of Cognika Decision Lab, a consulting company that helps organizations apply behavioral science in both the public and private sectors.

Global Brain Health Institute (GBHI)
Atlantic Fellow for Equity in Brain Health
University of Queensland (Australia)
Human Genetics
University of Oxford (UK)
Master of Public Policy
Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School (USA) and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute (Australia)
NHMRC-ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow

Awards & Honors

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC)
Dementia Research Development Fellow
University of Oxford
Chevening Scholar