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I’m a person of good character who is responsible, caring, humble, dedicated and a great representation of Puerto Rican women in the area of science. I’ve always wanted to become an individual who will improve the health of communities and individuals through the provision of excellent medical care, interdisciplinary research, hard work, humble service and contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge. My main goal is to continue to graduate school to pursue the study of medicine. Among my short term plans I consider it is very important to have research experience in order to continue graduate studies.
Regarding previous research experience, I currently participate in the Program of Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity (BRIC) and the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research in the UPR Cayey, in which I'm an assistant of investigation in the project of Dr. Mayteé Cruz about epidemiological models of infectious diseases and in the project of Dr. Mariluz Franco about undergraduate education and poverty: reflections on the access and retention of undergraduate/learners with socio-economic disadvantage. My research with my mentor Dr. Cruz focuses on mathematical modeling in various topics in biomathematics. My main issue is in metapopulation models and the spread of infectious diseases among cities or regions using connectivity networks. I work with the development of differential equations using a SIR model that will help explore and predict the spreading and procreation of Dengue in Puerto Rico. On the other hand, Dr. Franco’s research focuses on exploring the relationship between access and retention of undergraduate students and socio-economic inequality or disadvantage. This project employs a very important strategy, doing bibliographical research of information about the relationship between undergraduate education and poverty with undergraduate students from vulnerable sectors.
I also am an assistant of investigation in the project of Dr. Enrique Rodríguez Cruz about the use of Drosophila Melanogaster a Behavioral Pharmacology and Toxicology Model. My research work focused on studying the behavior of the Drosophila melanogaster when exposed to Nicotine and Alcohol. My responsibilities included: creating the Pharmacology and Toxicology model, exposing the Drosophila to nicotine and alcohol, monitoring the Drosophila (observation through microscope), evaluating their preference, preparation of new Drosophila for laboratory use and cleaning our work space for further appropriate use and adequate maintenance.
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