Welcome to CienciaPR, an expert and resource network for all who are interested in science and Puerto Rico.
I am original from Cabo Rojo, PR.
I received a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in 1989.
I then obtained a Ph.D. In Environmental Neurotoxicology with a focus in Molecular Biology from the University of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1994,
I completed postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley and UT San Antonio before being recruited as an Assistant Professor by the Department of Biology, UPR-Río Piedras.
I am now a Full Professor in the Department and in addition to directing my research laboratory and teaching (either graduate or undergraduate students) I also direct the Functional Genomics Research core at the Department.
My main field of research is Molecular and Cellular Cognition. Specifically, I am interested in how genes are regulated during cognitive processes and how the function of these genes participate in normal cognitive function, such as memory formation. In particular, my laboratory is studying the role of the transcription factor Nurr1 in normal and abnormal cognitive processes. We are also studying the role of DNA recombination processes in memory formation.
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