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Associate Professor Dept. Biology University of Puerto Rico (UPR) San Juan, Puerto Rico. EducationBSc Univ. Simón Bolívar (USB), Caracas, Venezuela, 1984 MSc University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 1986 PhD University of Aberdeen, Scotland, 1990. Professional Positions 1990 Visiting Scientist, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Centre de Clermont-Ferrand, Theix, France. 1991 Visiting Scientist, Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA. 1993 Post-Doctoral fellow, Marie Curie Scholarship EU, Rowett Research Institute, Scotland (September-Febr), and INRA- Theix, France (March-August). 1996 Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of Phytochemistry, Bailey Hortorium, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. 1997 Visiting Scientist, Centro de Biología Molecular Severo Ochoa, CSIC-UAM, Madrid, Spain 2000-01 Visiting Scientist, Duke Marine Laboratory, Duke University, Beaufort, NC. USA. 1990-03 Postdoctoral fellow (1990-1993), Associate Researcher (1993-1998) and Full Associate Researcher (1999-2003), Center of Biophysics and Biochemistry, Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC), Caracas, Venezuela. 2003- Associate Professor, Dept. Biology, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR. Hobbies: music, , tennis, squash, diving
Ongoing Research Projects 1-Microbial diversity of gastrointestinal systems: GI Microbial composition Demogeography of H. pylori Prevalence of antibiotic resistance genes in humans and animals Host response to GI microbes 2-Microbial diversity of healthy and diseased corals of the Caribbean basin
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