Rodrigo was born and raised in Santa Rosa, Argentina. Notably, he was not into soccer, but did enjoy swimming and ant farming (he collected multiple species). He attended the National University in Córdoba, where he studied biomedical engineering. His entrée to biomedical research was through image processing then stereotactic surgery for epilepsy. During his PhD research in Neuroscience, he became a slice electrophysiologist, studying the role of cholinergic interneurons in Parkinson’s Disease and levodopa-induced dyskinesia. He joined the Nelson Lab in 2022, and is studying the interface between basal ganglia and thalamocortical circuitry. His special powers include ear-wiggling, calligraphy, and cooking lemon meringue pie.