Dr. Clara Isaza, Assistant Professor
Got her Ph.D. in 2005 from the Biophysics Program at The Ohio State University under the mentoring of Professor Michael K. Chan. Her Doctorate research was on protein crystallography and enzymatic characterization working with bacterial oxygen sensors and M32 carboxypeptidases. From 2006 to 2008 she was an assistant professor at the Biological Sciences Program from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, México. It was in México that Dr. Isaza began to work in cancer studying the effect of a natural product in the activation of apoptotic peptidases. In 2006 Dr. Isaza started to collaborate with Professor Mauricio Cabrera-Ríos from Industrial Engineering (University of Puerto Rico), developing biological data analysis tools that allow extracting additional information from publicly available databases and giving biological meaning to the results. From that collaboration Dr. Isaza became the co-leader of the Applied Optimization Group co-mentoring more than 35 undergraduate and graduate students from different academic institutions, departments, and countries. Dr. Isaza has co-advised in several masters of sciences theses, advised undergraduate theses, and has been a member of the committee of Dr.PH dissertations. As of May 2017, Dr. Isaza is a co-author in 16 papers published in refereed journals, 15 refereed congress proceedings, and 25 non-refereed conference proceedings. Research interests in Alzheimer and infectious diseases.