Welcome to CienciaPR, an expert and resource network for all who are interested in science and Puerto Rico.
Since I was a little girl I had many questions and I wanted to understand how the world work. My first Science project in elementary school was about the quality of water, then in middle school I fall in love with microbes; and in high school human health was my favorite topic. Based on this I decided that my future was in the Biology Department at UPR-Mayaguez Campus (1999-2003). During this time I was around many research projects, clinical internships and field trips trying to find the right path for me in the Sciences. Once I decided that I wanted to go to graduate school I entered the Bridge Program between UPR-Mayaguez and Rutgers University. In my first rotation I found micro-RNAs, a novel molecule that was revolutionizing the molecular genetics field. I knew immediately that was what I wanted to work with. I did my PhD in the Department of Molecular Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology studying the regulation of the MYC oncogene by microRNAs and RNA-Binding proteins. While a graduate student, I was also a NSF-GK-12 Fellow for the Rutgers Science Explorer. After I defended my thesis I became the program coordinator for the Science Explorer bus. I also became the associate director of the Rutgers Geology Museum. At these positions I am dedicating my career to Science communication and education.
The Rutgers Science Explorer, the Math and Science Learning Center and the Rutgers Geology Museum offer hand-on scientific activities for K-12 students and members of the community. One of our goals is to expose K-12 students to current research projects to help identify their field of interest early on. Graduate students in the STEM disciplines lead the activities as they serve as role models for the younger students and improve their communication skills. My personal objective is “Science for all” and these programs have provided me with the opportunity to create bilingual programs in Spanish to bring Science to the Hispanic communities in our area.
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