Vistazo A La Ciencia / A Glance at the Science (https://www.vistazoalaciencia.com)
Vision: Eliminate barriers between science and society so that citizens are self-sufficient in making decisions that contribute to their personal, intellectual and social well-being.
Mission: Discuss current science topics with the general public through simple presentations, interviews with experts in the field, collaborate with other science communication groups, and encourage minority participation and mentoring in leadership efforts and science communication.
Immune and Epigenetic Signatures Related to Post-Hurricane Maria Indoor Contamination in Puerto Rico
The purpose of this study is to identify, among Puerto Ricans who lived in the island compared to those who migrated before Hurricane Maria, immune and epigenetic profiles induced by indoor dust samples from flooded homes. We seek to identify if immune-epigenetic modulating potential of exposure to Hurricanes and its aftermath pollution
Project Number (and PI): R25HL126140 (Multi-PI Joe Garcia, Francisco Moreno, Sairam Parthasarathy)
Amount Awarded: $14688 (Pilot Study under a training component of the R25HL126140)
Role: PI of Pilot Study
Date: 12/01/2019 - Present
Linking Microbial, SVOC and Pro-Inflammatory Exposures in Homes to Childhood Asthma Serverity: A Community Filter Forensics Approach
The purpose of this project is to determine the relationship between urban homes’ characteristics, indoor microbiome, SVOC concentrations, and children’s asthma severity. Also we week to assess the pro-inflammatory potential of HVAC filter dust, and if a community engage approach can rapidly and economically assess home exposures and asthma-specific health outcomes in larger cohorts. The cohort is urban homes (low-income and Hispanics) in Austin, TX, followed by a larger campaign of 200 low income homes of children with asthma in different climate zones of the US.
Project Number: HUD FR-6200-N-15 (PI Kerry Kinney)
Role: Collaborator (PI of a Subaward to Larkin University, $77,000)
Date: 02/2019 - Present
Taking a Breath After the Disaster: Homes, Molds, and Health in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
The purpose of this interdisciplinary and collaborative project is to identify the factors affecting human health in the aftermath of a major atmospheric phenomenon, such as the Hurricane Maria. To address this purpose, we are employing microbiome metagenomics and human-base immunological approaches, and community outreach strategies. Institutions collaborating in this project are the University of Puerto Rico, University of Texas-Austin, and Larkin University.
Project Number: 5R21ES029762-02 (PI Humberto Cavallin)
Role: Collaborator (PI of a Sub-Award to Larkin University; $15,500)