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I was born in Ponce Puerto Rico and raised at the Residencial Villas del Caribe in Patillas Puerto Rico. I always had an interest in medicine and science, which lead me to pursue a career in translational biology. The main purpose of translational research is to move basic science knowledge into the clinic as diagnostic or therapeutic tools. A different approach can lead from uncharacterized diseases to animal models that allow us to understand the molecular basis of the disease stage. Needless to say, this field is based on team work covering all health related professionals.
B.Sc.: 2005-Biology & Chemistry UPR-Rio Piedras Ph.D.: 2011-Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX Postdoc: Jan-July 2011-Ocular Gene Therapy, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX Postdoc: Aug 2011-June 2016 Ocular Gene Therapy for Age Related-Macular Degeneration, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville FL
I utilize Adeno-Associated Virus (AAV) vectors to deliver genes and/or micro-RNA into the retinal pigmented epithelium of a murine model of age-related macular degeneration (dry-AMD) with the goal of achieving protection from retinal degeneration. I am also involve in the evaluation of a mouse model of one form of retinitis pigmentosa.
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