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Science is my passion and I know that you have to become a good researcher in order to study the different mechanisms involved within the cell and living organisms. After working with apoptosis this past summer I felt a desire to continue working in this field. Biology is what attracts me the most, the way living organisms and their cells work and how the body responds is very intriguing for me. I believe that by pursuing my Ph.D. I will gather the tools I need in order to answer all my questions. A wise man once said, “There is no such thing as a stupid question” and through questioning is precisely how science has come to solve so many of lives mysteries. I am an honest, passionate, self-motivated, responsible team player that works well under pressure to meet deadlines. I am willing to go the extra mile to complete my objectives and achieve my goals without compromising the quality of my work. I feel that my course work in biology at UNE and my research experiences have prepared me to continue my pathway to graduate school.
My main goal is to obtain a Ph.D. and work to prepare the future generations for scientific careers. It is my goal to become a biomedical researcher and discover the mechanisms that will help develop new treatments or procedures in the health field. While one of my long-term goals and motivation include establishing a career in research on dying cells and the study of cancer, I am also committed to helping unrepresentative students accomplish their goals to become part of the science work force.
Study of the Antibiotic Resistance among Fecal Coliforms Isolated from Freshwaters near Human Health Facilities in the Northeast Area of Puerto Rico. Under the mentorship of Dr. Mariel Perez I am assessing the antibiotic resistance in enteric bacteria in the environment due to the fact that these microorganisms cause infections in humans. Our main purpose is to compare antibiotic susceptibility of coliforms isolated from freshwater bodies far and near to hospitals in Puerto Rico. Undergraduate Student Universidad Del Este. Aug 2011- Present
Response of BV-2 Microglial Cells to Purinergic Find-Me Signals from Apoptotic Cells. Under the mentorship of Dr. Michael ElliotI conducted a study in order to determine whether adenosine, as a product of extracellular ATP hydrolysis, had an effect on pro-inflammatory cytokine production by BV-2 microglial cells using ELISA and qPCR technique. Undergraduate Student University of Rochester. May 2012- Aug 2012
Molecular Evolutionary analysis of Genetic Variation in Skeletal Muscle Sodium-Channel Gene (SCN4A). Under the mentorship of Dr. Alan Filipski and Dr. Sudir Kumar I conducted a study to directly evaluate interspecific sequence alignments that reveal common attributes of deleterious mutations observed in humans using the Skeletal-muscle sodium-channel gene SCN4A. Genetic defects in voltage-gated sodium channels are responsible for several hereditary diseases. My objective was to determine if there existed a difference in the rate of disease- associated mutation between highly conserved sites and less conserved sites. I hypothesized that disease mutations occur more frequently in sites that were highly conserved. Undergraduate Student Arizona State University. Jun 2011- Aug 2011
Localization of Tyrosine Hydroxylase immunoreactive Neurons in the Snail Nervous System. Under the mentorship of Dr. Mark Miller I did immunohistochemistry on the Central Nervous System of the Helisoma trivolvis snail, localizing dopaminergic neurons in order to understand the synaptic connections that were involved in the functions of these neurotransmittersUndergraduate Student Institute of Neurobiology Medical Science Campus University of Puerto Rico. Jun 2010- May 2011
GCAT Microarrays: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of RNA and 3DNA. Under the mentorship of Dr. Roig, Our interest was to analyze the in vitro expression profile of different classes of AAS using the GT1-7 hypothalamic cell line as a model system. General expression profile will guide us to understand the differences in responses at the molecular level. Initially we compared the basal profile expression of testosterone propionate and its control by using microarrays technology. Undergraduate Student Universidad Del Este. March 2010- May 2010
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