Welcome to CienciaPR, an expert and resource network for all who are interested in science and Puerto Rico.
I'm originally from Guayama, Puerto Rico. I received my B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, and a Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) under the mentorship of Dr. Esteban Dell’Angelica. I obtained a postdoctoral training from the lab of Dr. Heinrich Jasper that started at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging located in Novato CA (where I was awarded an F32 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral fellowship) and completed at the pharmaceutical company Genentech Inc. in South San Francisco, CA (Fun fact: I was part of the only fruit fly lab at Genentech!)
I joined the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras in 2021 as an assistant professor at the College of Natural Sciences, Department of Biology.
We are particularly interested in looking at pathways used by adult stem cells to communicate with the gut microbiome. We will use that knowledge to understand how these interactions influence health and aging.
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