Victor grew up in San Diego and received his B.S. (biochemistry/chemistry) from the University of California, San Diego. While at UCSD he participated in undergraduate research in the laboratory of Antonio De Maio, where he studied the interaction of heat shock proteins with lipid bilayers. In 2016, Victor joined the Tagliabracci lab for his graduate work and helped characterize two new kinase families from plant and human bacterial pathogens. Victor had so much fun during his graduate work that he decided to stay in the Tagliabracci lab as a postdoctoral fellow in 2022. He continues to work on kinases, unusual ATP-Grasp proteins, and any other weird enzymes that catch his interest.
Outside of the lab, some of Victor's hobbies include: skateboarding, eating tacos, and backpacking all over the country. He also likes to go on bicycle rides that have no clear destination in hopes of finding new areas of the metroplex. Being from San Diego, he also hopes that the Padres win a World Series within his lifetime.