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Current Students


2014-2015 Academic Year


Graduate Students

Daniel Acevedo- Cartagena: Polymer Science

  • Research Title: Induced Crystallization of Poly(3-hexylthiophene) Into Nanowires By Well-Defined Nucleating Sites
  • Relevant Experience:    Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy, Dynamic Light Scattering, x-ray Scattering, Attenuated Infrared Spectroscopy, UV-Vis Spectroscopy and Photoluminescence Spectroscopy

Chanelle Adams: Food Science

Leah Aggison: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Sam Alcaine: Food Science

John Altidor: Computer Science

Jose Alvarez: Industrial Engineering

Jesus Alvelo Maurosa: Microbiology

  • Research Title: Quantification of Cellulosic Microves In Biomass Feedstock
  • Relevant Experience: Microscopy, HPLC, Anaerobic Culture, Biofuels, Protein Assay, Statistics

Anesia Auguste: Polymer Science

  • Research Title: Transitions Between Surface Instabilities Modes In Elastic Polymer Bi-Layers
  • Relevant Experience: Confocal Microscopy

Lotfi Bassa: Vet and Animal Sciences

  • Research Title: Characterizing Immunological and Chemopreventive Changes Caused by Tibetan Plant Root Extract Rhodiola crenulata (RC) In Mouse Models for Cancer and Obesity.
  • Relevant Experience: Fluorescent in Situ Hybridization (FISH)

Ibis Benito: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Anesia Burns: Polymer Science

Zhon Butcher: Physics

Cameron Carter: Kinesiology 

Marc Cartright: Computer Science

Christina Chisholm: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Inara Colon-Diaz: Chemistry

Israel Del Torro:  Organismic and Molecular  Biology

Ray Devaughn: Chemistry

Jarred Devaughn-Brown: Computer Science

Adaeze Egwuatu:

  • Research Title: Developmental Sensitivity to Learning Cues
  • Relevant Experience: EEG

Joyce Faraj: Nutrition

  • Research Title: Inflammation, Micronutrient Status and Depression In Women
  • Relevant Experience: Radioimmune Assays (RIA)

Ololade Fatunmbi: Chemistry

Mariel Feliciano: Chemistry

Ameh Fioklou: Civil Enginering

Benjamin Gamari: Physics

Jeanette Garcia: Kinesiology 

Katherine Garcia-Carrasquillo: Polymer Science

Radhameris Gomez: Mechanical Engineering

Kristen Granados: Kinesiology

Takarra Greene: Civil Engineering

Kelly Haas: Microbiology

Candace Harris: Physics

John Hernandez: Neuroscience and Behavior Program

Lisa Hernandez-Alicea: Molecular and Cellular Biology

  • Research Title: Unfolding and Proteolysis of Membrane Proteins by ClpXP
  • Relevant Experience: PCR, Cloning, Ligation, Gel doc, Protein Expression, Electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE, Protein Purification and Quantification, Fluorescence-Based Assays [FRET, spectroscopy], Nano-Pore Electrophysiology, Western Blots, Chromatography, Protein Immunoprecipitation, RT-PCR, Microbiology cultures for Bacillus, E. coli and Streptomyces

Ogechi Ibe: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Seth Johnson: Astronomy

James Kearns: Chemistry

Adriana Kita: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Joelle Labastide: Chemistry

Eric LeFlore: Geosciences

Albert Mendoza: Kinesiology

Angela Migues: Chemistry

Carolina Morell-Perez: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Jocelyn Morgan: Industrial Engineering

Kyle Morrison: Computer Science

Ogechi Nwaokelemeh: Kinesiology

Luis Pagan-Quinones: Wind Energy Engineering

  • Research Title: Offshore Wind Energy Supply to Oil and Gas Platforms (Hybrid Power Systems)
  • Relevant Experience: Logistical and Dynamic Modeling for Economic Analysis and Dynamic Simulations to Analyze Voltage and Frequency (stabilityand power quality)

Carson Pete: Mechanical Engineering

Charisse Pickron: Neuroscience and Behavior Program

Ambata Poe: Chemistry

  • Research Title: Design, Syntheses, and Study of BODIPY Architectures for Photovoltaic Applications
  • Relevant Experience:  Small Molecule Synthetic Techniques (functional group conversion, protecting group usage, transition metal catalyzed coupling, air-free techniques) and Purification (extraction, chromatography, precipitation, recrystallization), Polymer Synthesis (Stille, Suzuki, Sonogashira polymerization for conjugated polymers; ATRP, RAFT polymerization) and Purification (Soxhlet extraction, precipitation, centrifugation), Chromatographic Techniques, Flash Chromatography, Combiflash, Characterization by Spectroscopic (1H and 13C NMR, UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and fluorescence spectroscopy) and Electrochemical (cyclic voltammetry) Techniques, Organic Electronic Device Fabrication (glove box conditions), Optimization and Experimental Measurements (OFET, OPV, IPCE), Analytical Techniques (atomic force microscopy, dynamic light scattering)

Paul Ramos: Physics

Marcos Reyes-Martinez: Polymer Science

Jennifer Rivero: Kinesiology

William Rodriguez: Organismic and Molecular Biology

Maxine Roman: Food Science

Luis Rosado: Kinesiology

Mike Rosario: Organismic and Molecular Biology 

Bryan Salas-Santiago: Microbiology

Melishia Santiago: Geosciences

Tamara Sobers: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ayana Suber: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Cornelius Taabazuing: Chemistry

Joe Torres: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Wanette Vargas: Neuroscience and Behavior Program

Amarylis Velez: Neuroscience and Behavior Program

  • Research Title:The Role of the Hormone Environment During Puberty on Brain Remodeling
  • Relevant Experience: Behavioral testing: Learning and memory, Sexual behavior, Anxiety-like behaviors, Depression-like behaviors

Judy Ventura: Chemistry

Bradley Willocks: Mathematics


Master's Students

George Ramos: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Monique Tait: Microbiology

Natalia Sanchez Rodriguez: Food Science