My academic training and professional experience cover areas in neurosciences, public health, statistics, epidemiology, and clinical research.
My doctoral thesis dissertation was on the topic of neurodegeneration caused by HIV infection in Puerto Rican women. The study was based on the specific role of certain folding proteins that regulate neurocognitive function. Through the progress of these research activities, I have gained expertise with multiple models of signaling pathways which may contribute to the progression of neural damage in HIV patients. I am furthering these studies in close collaboration with Dr. Summer Acevedo, a leading neuroscientist associated to the University of Southern Texas. I am well acquainted with a wide range of immuno/genetics techniques including but not limited to; western blots, PCR-Taq Man and ELISA’s, as well as solid background on statistical analyses. Further, I have considerable experience in the clinical research arena gained through my previous involvement as Study Coordinator in the Pediatrics HIV Clinic at the Universidad Central del Caribe and at the Ramon Ruiz Arnau Hospital. While working at this clinic, I was able to complete a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology at the University of Puerto Rico- Medical Science Campus. My Master’s thesis project was developed on the incidence and prevalence of HIV/AIDS in children in the northern region of Puerto Rico. I strongly believe my experience in different areas of the basic sciences, public health, and epidemiology, and statistics, brings a unique opportunity to develop multiple collaborative research projects with a clinically and translationally relevant perspective. I am part of the Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC) with particular emphasis in the duties and responsibilities of the DBE Core.