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Professional Summary

During my scientific training and professional career, I have created and lead various high impact projects in the areas of research, education, communication and public policy. I have had the opportunity to teach at the K-12 school and collegiate levels, developing lessons and curricula. In addition, I have trained K-12 educators and other scientists, and I have mentored a multitude of students. I have served in various leadership and fiduciary roles that have allowed me to develop diverse skills, especially in the areas of project management and implementation, as well as strategic planning.


Education & Training


Postdoctoral Researcher. Nebraska Center for Virology, University of Nebraska (Lincoln, NE) Advisor: Peter Angeletti.



Doctor in Philosophy. Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Program. Molecular Genetics Department, The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH). Advisor: Anita K. Hopper.



Master in Science Majoring in Microbiology. Biology Department at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Advisor: Dr. Rafael Montalvo.



Bachelor in Science Majoring in Biology. University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Magna Cum Laude


Centro Residencial de Oportunidades Educativas de Mayagüez (CROEM). Residential math & science specialized public high school

Professional Experience

2017 to present

Director, Science Education Programs and Community Partnerships

Ciencia Puerto Rico 


2014 to 2017

Grants Program Director & Science Outreach and Education Initiatives Coordinator

Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust 


Resident teacher and curriculum developer for High School Students at “Bosque Escuela la Olimpia” (Forest School), Adjuntas, P.R.


September to December 2011

Teaching Assistant

Molecular Genetics Department, The Ohio State University

Course: General Genetics

March to July 2006

Technical Assistant

Chemical Engineering Department- Biotechnology Laboratory

University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus 


January 2003 to May 2006

Teaching Assistant

Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Courses: Cell Physiology Laboratory, Immunology Laboratory and Eukaryotic Molecular Genetics Laboratory



Chair- Inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability (IDEAA) Committee of the American Society for Microbiology Board


2020 to present

Member, Board of Directors- Universidad del Sagrado Corazón


Member at large. Board of Directors- American Society for Microbiology


President, President elect, Secretary & ASM Council. Board of Directors- Puerto Rico Society of Microbiologists 


 Project design    Writing     Project management     Communication 
 Events coordination    Teaching    Innovation    Proposal writing

 Strategic planning     Time management     Research    Curriculum design    Negotiation    Creative initiatives   Team management    Proposal review 

Honors, Awards & Fellowships


Sor Isolina Ferré Award for Excellence in Service to Others - Education


Honorable mention: Sor Isolina Ferré Award for Excellence in Service to Others



AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadorship



Motion of congratulation- Government of Puerto Rico Senate



ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Grant


2014 Distinguished Alumni- CROEM (high school)



Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students Judge Subsidy Award


American Society for Microbiology Science Teaching Fellows Program


SACNAS National Conference Postdoctoral Travel Scholarship



NIH Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Training Fellowship (T32). Nebraska Center for Virology, UNL


112th American Society of Microbiology General Meeting Student Travel Award


Outstanding Student Poster Presentation at the 112th American Society of Microbiology General Meeting, San Francisco, CA 


1st Place Seminar Presentation

2012 OSU Molecular Life Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Symposium-OSU Columbus, OH



Best Poster Presentation

2011 OSU Molecular Life Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Symposium-OSU Columbus, OH


Alternate and Honorable mention: Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (The National Academies)



Honorable mention: ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship


2007 to 2010

Greetchen Diaz (predoctoral trainee) and Dr. A. Hopper (PI). NIH Research Supplements Award to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research:  Yeast Genetics in RNA Processing & Nucleus/Cytosol Exchange. GM27930


2004 to 2006

Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium - NASA Fellowship for Graduate Students


2001 to 2003

RETO-PROMISE Award- Research Experiences and Training Opportunities program. Funds for undergraduate research under the supervision of Dr. Rafael Montalvo at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus.

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