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As a chemistry graduate from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez I have acquired a great deal of knowledge that drives me towards making a career in scientific research. I have worked in a wide variety of fields such as organic chemistry synthesis, plant in vitro studies, proteomics, genomics and bioengineering approaches.
At Mayaguez my main research towards my last years there where in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Bonaventura studying nitric oxide transport proteins of marine organisms. Through X-ray crystallography and advanced machinery directly measuring NO we are able to make in depth kinetic studies that gives us information of how differences in these proteins between humans and other organisms affect their ability respond to their different surroundings. Thanks to Dr. Bonaventura's mentoring I am the researcher I am today.
As of now I am research assistant at the Biological Engineering Division of the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. Here we study the rise and fall of DNA damage adducts as potential biomarkers for chronic disease, specially cancer. Through our highly sophisticated tandem MS approach we are able to quantify very small amounts of these lesions in DNA, RNA and protein in our efforts to elucidate the intricase chemical pathways that lead to disease onset and progression.
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