Facultad / Investigadores

 

alma_santiagoDr. Alma Santiago Cortés
DEAN, COLLEGE OF SCIENCES

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AREA OF SPECIALTY
Genetic and environmental interactions in disease development

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
Genetic and environmental factors towards development of disease, genetic susceptibility to disease; mammalian tissue culture cell-based bioassays, genetic markers. “Genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes in Puerto Rican children” / “Genotyping of the HLA DQB1Locus in Type 1 Diabetic Puerto Rican Children” / “Molecular Subtyping of HLA-DQA1 Locus in Type 1 Diabetic Families” / “Effects of natural extracts in mamalian cell tissue metabolism.”

ABOUT
Dr. Alma L. Santiago Cortés was born in Ponce. Obtained her BS in Industrial Microbiology at the RUM. She worked as research technician for three years in HIV research. Then obtained a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at Ponce School of Medicine. Dr. Santiago Cortés is a faculty member in the Department of Biology since 1999. She has been director of CEIBA since 2008.

 


CariluzDr. Cariluz Santiago
DIRECTOR


AREA OF SPECIALTY
The creation of an animal model for the study of colitis associated colon cancer and the involvement of three cancer related genes: K-ras, APC and p53.

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
The discovery of molecular markers that can serve as a tool for the early prevention of cancer, offering a better quality life on predispose patients.

ABOUT
With undergraduate studies in Biology at the RUM, once having completed her BS in 1999 she continued graduate studies at the Ponce School of Medicine where she received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences in 2006. Dr. Santiago has performed post-doctoral work at the Center of Disease Control (CDC) in Puerto Nuevo, PR, headed the Department of Physiology and Pathology at the School of Medicine San Juan Bautista in Caguas and in January 2009 joined the Department of Biology faculty at PCUPR.

 


rosa_berriosProfa. Rosa Berríos
OPERATIONS MANAGER

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AREA OF SPECIALTY
Biomolecules with the potential for agriculture and health (BIOPROSPECTING)

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
Micropropagation of plantain, orchids and ferns. Isolation of fungi from cultivated and non-cultivated soils and identification of potential bioactive compounds.

ABOUT
Prof. Berríos obtained her BS and MS in Biology, with a concentration in Mycology at the RUM. Prof. Berrios has twenty one years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, of which seventeen were in microbiology quality and control. Her ample industrial experience include: Microbiology testing, Investigations, CAPA; Finished Product Stability and Annual Product Review; American Society for Quality (ASQ) Exam Reviewer and Proctor. She is certified by the ASQ as: GMP Professional and Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP). Prof. Berríos joined PCUPR’s biotechnology team in 2010.

 


facultad-nancyDr. Sister M. Nancy Arroyo
RESEARCHER


AREA OF SPECIALTY
The yeast Debaryomyces hansenii as a tool in Agricultural and Medical Biotechnology.

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
Elucidating unidentified function of eighteen genes of Debaryomyces hansenii and their role in osmoadaptation / Evaluating potential applications of yeasts in agriculture and biomedical sciences.

ABOUT
Born in Jayuya. With a a bachelor degree from RUM, after college she joined the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, a Secular Institute of the Catholic Church. Her internship as a Medical Technologist was done at South Dakota. Her Master Degree in Biology is also from RUM and her Ph.D. from the Biotechnology Institute at University Autónoma of Nuevo Leon, México. She joined PCUPR in January 2010, as faculty member of the Biotechnology Program.

 


Dfacultad-jasminera. Jasmine Seda Miró
RESEARCHER

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AREA OF SPECIALTY
Molecular plantain-pathogen interactions; phenotypic and genotypic variations of marine yeast strains; bioinformatics for biological data and analyses; molecular marine microbiology.

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS
Developing plantain clones resistant to the fungal pathogen black Sigatoka (Mycosphaerella fijiensis var. difformis) using genetic transformation properties of Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
Characterizing genetic and phenotypic variations in marine yeast strains of Debaryomyces hansenii upon exposure to stress in order to understand underlying mechanisms of adaptation.
Designing and developing a genomic resource database of the marine yeast Debaryomyces hansenii for the scientific community.

ABOUT
She began her undergraduate studies in the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) – Arecibo Campus in the area of Microbial Technology and then continued her doctoral studies in Marine Sciences at UPR – Mayagüez Campus. During her academic career, she has participated in various research and education programs such as the Puerto Rico – Louis Stokes Alliance for Minorities Participation and the Alliance for the Professoriate and Graduate Program. She also has experience as a professional freelance editor, e-learning consultant, and instructional designer. In addition, she is a professional blogger and publication database administrator of the Caribbean Regional Research Assessment for the Puerto Rico Sea Grant Program. In August 2011, she joined the Biotechnology Program at PCUPR.

 


facultad-chompre

Dra.  Gladys Chompré
RESEARCHER

 

AREA OF INTEREST:

Gene expression and immunological response in obesity, endometriosis, stress, and HIV inanimal models, respectively.

CURRENT RESEARCH:

The Role of Obesity and Inflammation in Mental Disorders
The Role of Inflammatory Cytokines in a Rat Model of Endometriosis with Stress.
The Function of Transforming Growth Factor β-1 in a HIV-Nef Rat Model.

BACKGROUND:

Dr. Gladys Chompré was born in Ponce. She received a bachelor degree in Chemistry from University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. For eleven years she worked as a laboratorysupervisor in different research projects at Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This inspired her to acquired a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at that same university. Her thesis work was in NeuroAIDS Research. In 2013, she joined PCUPR’s Biotechnology Program.