Richard J. Noel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry
  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA – BS in Biology 1993
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI – PhD in Biochemistry 1998
  • Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, PR – post doctoral studies (Pharmacology) 1998-2001
Current Research, Teaching and Professional Appointments
  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Ponce School of Medicine
  • Director,Molecular Biology Core Laboratory
  • PhD Curriculum committee
Courses Offered
  • Medical Biochemistry (2001-present):
  • Graduate Student Ethics course, 2002-present, 2 credits
  • Graduate level special topics in Biochemistry, including:
    HERVs and pathology, 2 credits; HIV-1 Proteins and Pathology, 2 credits; HIV Neuropathology, 2 credits. (All special topics are discussion based and consist extensively of review of current literature).
  • Computers: covers specialized use of computers and software in biomedical research, 2 credits
  • Virology for Graduate Students (MICR 8510) University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Department of Microbiology and Medical Zoology, 2009 lecture in Intracellular Trafficking of Viral Proteins, 2011 lecture in Retroviruses: Tumor Viruses
On-Going Research
  • HIV neurotoxic proteins and learning impairment
  • HIV protein expression in astrocytes and inflammation
Membership of Professional Societies
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology
Research Interest
  • HIV Neuropathology