Dr. Andrés Vidal-Gadea, an assistant professor of molecular neuroethology in the School of Biological Sciences, was named a 2020 Researcher to Know by the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC).

The third annual list highlights researchers at Illinois universities who have made a significant impact in their field.

Vidal-Gadea’s lab studies the molecular and cellular basis of natural behavior under normal and pathological conditions. His approach leverages the use of amenable animal models and natural behaviors to understand the events linking mutation to disease progression. Funded by grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, Vidal-Gadea is also working to investigate the interaction between the earth’s magnetic fields and living organisms to improve understanding of progression of muscular dystrophy and develop new therapeutics.

Vidal-Gadea has published 16 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA and eLife. He has received Illinois State University’s Research Initiative Award for his research and was recognized by the McLean County Chamber of Commerce’s STEM Professional of the Year Award and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Faculty Mentor Award in 2018 for his work mentoring students.