CV

 

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

2012-2014

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

 

2006-2012

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

 

2003-2006

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

 

1997-2002

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

1995-1997

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 

2014

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

2020 to present

Member. Board of Directors- Universidad del Sagrado Corazón

2017-2022

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

2014-2018

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

Leadership

Skills

 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

2020

Honorable mention: Prize for Excellence in Service- Centros Sor Isolina Ferré 

 

2019

AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadorship

 

2017

Motion of congratulation- Government of Puerto Rico Senate

 

2014

ASM General Meeting Minority Travel Grant

 

2014 Distinguished Alumni- CROEM (high school)

 

2013

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students Judge Subsidy Award

 

American Society for Microbiology Science Teaching Fellows Program

 

SACNAS National Conference Postdoctoral Travel Scholarship

 

2012

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

 

2011

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)

 

2010

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.