A day to showcase our grantees' work and progress, and the impact of the PRSTRT's Research Grants Program in the R&D ecosystem in the island. This year, we will like to showcase the grantees of the 1st cycle of the RFP and the SRGP grantees, in a day full of short talks (15 minutes each) and a panel to discuss the impact of the program.
We welcome grantees, students, postdocs, administrators and potential applicants. This is a very important milestone for the Research Grants Program and the grantees, and we need your support.
The symposium will be at no cost and will include light breakfast and lunch.
8:30am-8:35am: Welcome Remarks
8:30am-8:40am: Research Grant Program Achievements
8:40am-8:55am: Novel inhibitors of the malarial GST protein – from bench to a marketable drug
Adelfa Serrano, PhD (RFP-2015)
8:57am-9:12am: Endocytic Regulation of the Adhesion G protein- coupled receptors (GPCRs), BAI1 and EMR2, during Pediatric Retinoblastoma (Rb) Optic Nerve Invasion
Jacqueline Flores, PhD (RFP-2015)
9:14am-9:29am: Development of a Biosensor Microchip for the Detection of Microorganisms and Cancer Cells at the Point-of-Care
Carlos Cabrera, PhD (RFP-2015)
9:31am-9:46am: Development of EHop-016 as an anti metastatic cancer therapeutic.
Suranganie Dharmawardhane, PhD (RFP-2015)
Represented by: Eliud Hernández, PhD
10:05am-10:20am: Development of Advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicle With Vertical Takeoff or Landing Capabilities for Commercial Civil Markets
Juan Cruz, MS (RFP-2015)
10:22am-10:37am: Inertial sensors development for Space Weather and Planetary Research
Jonathan Friedman, PhD (RFP-2015)
Represented by: Andres Díaz, PhD
10:39am-10:54am: A Scientifically Justified Interface and Sample Reduction System for Powders
Rodolfo Romanach, PhD (RFP-2015)
10:56am-11:11am: Novel Ionic Polymer Nanocomposite Membranes for Advanced Water Purification.
David Suleiman, PhD (RFP-2015)
11:13am-11:28am: Hybrid Mechanical/Electronic Steerable Antenna Array for Beyond Line of Sight Communications for UAS Applications.
Rafael Medina, PhD (RFP-2015)
12:30pm-2:05pm: Impact of the Grant Program in the local research ecosystem
2:07pm-2:22pm: Mesenchymal modulation and abundance of active Hh signaling in triple negative breast cancer signaling in triple negative breast cancer
Maribella Domenech, PhD (SRGP-2016)
Represented by: Dr. Wanda L. Torres
2:24pm-2:39pm: Agricultural Lab-on-a-chip device for point-of-care pathogen detection using a disposable microfluidic device and open source tools for optical detection
Pedro Restro, PhD (SRGP-2016)
2:41pm-2:56pm: Osteoinductive integrin-containing biomaterials for bone repair
Jorge Almodovar, PhD (SRGP-2016)
2:58pm-3:13pm: Butterflies for bioprospecting: The use of evolutionary theory to direct drug discovery
Catherine M. Hulshof De La Peña, PhD (SRGP-2016)
3:32pm-3:47pm: Dimensions of biodiversity in pathogens of Puerto Rican wildlife
Sean Locke, PhD (SRGP-2016)
3:49pm-4:04pm:Polymorphic Control of Small Organic Semiconductor Materials using Thioaromatic-based Self-assembled Monolayers on Gold.
Vilmalí López, PhD (SRGP-2016)
4:06pm-4:21pm: Robustness of developmental trajectories to varying temperatures in a tropical vertebrate
Carla Restrepo, PhD (SRGP-2016)
4:23pm-4:38pm: Development of Purification and Formulation Processes for Manufacturing of Personalized Medication
Torsten Stelzer, PhD (SRGP-2016)
4:40pm-4:55pm: Biocompatible fluorescent graphene oxide quantum dots for cancer biosensing and selective bioimaging.
Lisandro Cunci, PhD (SRGP-2016)