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Dr. Carlos Rios-Velazquez completed a BS in Industrial Microbiology and MS in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. Then did his PhD in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Postdoc at the National Institutes of Health (NIDCR), He also has a License in Secondary Education in Science from the Department of Education of Puerto Rico.
Dr. Carlos Rios-Velazquez undergraduate and graduate experience have allowed performing research studies with a diverse group of microbes including fungi, bacteria, and viruses; combined with the molecular and physiological understanding of their biological processes in order to test its potential for solving problems. The Microbial Biotechnology and Bioprospecting (MBB) laboratory developed by Dr. Rios-Velazquez in 2001 at UPR-Mayaguez seek the development of biosensors for toxin and toxin producing microbes, and the detection of activities from microorganisms in soil using functional genomics, and combinatorial chemistry technology. Also, the Rios-Velazquez’ MBB lab. has focused on using microbiological, biochemical, physiological and molecular approaches to isolate, and identify cultivable microbes such as purple-non sulfur phototrophic bacteria and other with Biotechnological and Biomedical potential. The MBB lab. has trained students from the Biology, Microbiology and Biotechnology, and twelve Graduate students have obtained their MS. Some of the undergraduate students have been able to participate with Dr. Rios-Velazquez in programs such as Faculty and Students Team (FaST: NSF, DOE), and Computational and Systems Biology initiative (CSBi: Howard Hughes). He was part of the NSF funded Microbial Observatory at Cabo Rojo Salterns, where Microbial Mats were molecularly analyzed in order to understand bacterial diversity, and generating metagenomic libraries in order to find new genes and activities with medical and Biotechnological applications. The last study has been also performed in rainy and dry forests in Puerto Rico supported by USDA-CSREES. Besides having a teaching license from the Department of Education of Puerto Rico, and being a supervisor of the teachers’ preparation program, Dr. Rios-Velazquez is actively involved in educational research and pedagogically activities and experiences for students, teachers and faculty at different levels.
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