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1. Alvarado, Luisa, MD, FAPP

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Professor Pediatrics
Infectious Disease Division, PRI

  • Pediatric infectious diseases
  • Enhanced Surveillance of Febrile Pathogens

2. Appleyard, Caroline B., PhD
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  • Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Physiology), and Department of Internal Medicine
  • Cancer Biology Division (PRI)
  • Women’s Health Division (PRI)
  • The pathophysiology of inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract
  • The transition of chronic inflammation to dysplasia and cancer
  • The role of stress in colitis and endometriosis
  • Gut microflora in gastrointestinal diseases

RISE Graduate Training Program

PHSU-MCC U54 Research Education Core

 

3. Armaiz-Peña, Guillermo, Ph.D.
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Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Sciences, Division of Pharmacology (PHSU)

Divisions of Cancer Biology and Women’s Health (PRI)

  • Women’s Cancer
  • Biobehavioral influences in cancer progression
  • Immune tumor microenvironment
  • Pre-clinical cancer therapeutics

4. Barranco Elizabeth, MD
crc@psm.edu
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  • Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
  • CAIMED Clinical Research Division, Medical Director

5. Bonilla-Claudio,Margarita D.M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Research interest: Oral health in cancer patients

6. Bredy Domínguez, Rafael, MD, MBE, MScCR
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
• Psychogenetics
• Obesity

Assistant Professor, Public Health/Internal Medicine
• Clinical research
• Research Methodology
• Bioethics

7. Cappas Ortiz, Nydia M., PsyD
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Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Mental Health Division, PRI
• Primary care Psychology
• Health Psychology interventions for people living with HIV/AIDS

8. Carlo, Simón, MD
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Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry), Departments of Pediatrics, and Psychiatry
• Genetics
• Ethics in Research
• Autism
• Metabolic disorders
• Behavioral disorders

9. Castaing, Pedro, MD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry
• Psychogenetics
• Obesity

10. Castro, Eida, PsyD
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Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and Department of Psychiatry
Mental Health Division, PRI
Community Outreach Division
• Outreach/Community research
• HIV and felt stigma
• Intervention models for cancer patients

11.Díaz Osterman, Carlos, PhD

  • Assistant Professor – Department of Basic Sciences
  • Division of Cancer Biology, Division of Biochemistry

12. Dutil, Julie, PhD

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Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
Cancer Biology Division, PRI
• Breast cancer genetics and genomics
• Population genetics

13. Flores, Idhaliz, PhD
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Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Microbiology) and Department of Ob-Gyn
Cancer Biology Division, PRI
• Cancer Biology Division
• Endometriosis and pelvic pain
• Infertility
• Women’s health
• Ovarian cancer
• Biobanking

 

14. Fontanez, Darah, PhD
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Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Anatomy and Neuroscience)

 

15. Isaza,Clara E., PhD

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Assistant Professor

Public Health Program and Basic Sciences Department – Biochemistry

  • Biooptimatics
  • Biological and Public health
  • Cancer
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Viral infections
  • Personal decision making during natural disasters.

 

16. Jimenez, Julio, MD
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Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and Department of Psychiatry
Community Outreach Division, PRI
Mental Health Division, PRI
• HIV and felt stigma
• Intervention models for cancer patients
• Health psychology

17. Lugo, Fabio, MD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry
• Fibromyalgia
• Dementia

 

18. Matta, Jaime L., PhD

Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Pharmacology and Toxicology) and Department of Surgery

Contact Principal Investigator: PHSU-Moffitt Cancer Center U54 Partnership

Cancer Biology Division, PRI

  • DNA repair capacity in breast, prostate cancer and Lynch Syndrome
  • Epigenetic regulation of DNA repair genes in breast and prostate cancer
  • Exosomal microRNAs plasma detection to improve breast cancer diagnosis
  • Mitochondrial dysfunction and rescue in cancer

PHSU-Moffitt

19. Marzán-Rodríguez, Melissa, DrPH, MPH, CPH

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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Assistant Professor at Public Health Program

  • HIV & HPV Prevention
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases
  • Implementation Science
  • Sexual and Gender Minorities.

RCMI – Ponce Health Sciences University (psm.edu) & phsu-mcc | PSM-MCC Website (phsu-moffitt.org)

20. Morales Torres,Luisa M., DrPH

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Public Health

Public Health, Epidemiology

  • Epidemiology
  • Autism
  • Community outreach
  • COVID19 testing

21. Noel, Richard J., Jr., PhD

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Professor and Director Basic Sciences
Infectious Diseases Division, PRI
Neuroscience Division, PRI
• HIV/AIDS
• Neuropathology

 

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Professor, Public Health
Epidemiology Division, PRI
Infectious Disease Division, PRI

23. Porter, James T., Ph.D.
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Professor, Departments of Basic Sciences (Neuroscience and Pharmacology) and Psychiatry
Neuroscience Division, PRI

  • Molecular and synaptic changes underlying PTSD-related rodent behaviors
  • Animal models of PTSD
  • The role of the immune system in PTSD-related rodent behaviors
  • The role of developmental stress in PTSD-related rodent behaviors
  • Preclinical therapeutics to reduce PTSD-related rodent behaviors

24. Ramos-Pibernus, Alixida, PhD

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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

  • Transgender,
  • Transgender men
  • Health Disparities
  • Social Determinants of Health Stigma
  • CanceR

25. Rivera-Amill, Vanessa, Ph.D.
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Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Microbiology)
Infectious Diseases Division, PRI
• HIV/AIDS and drugs of abuse
• HIV immunology
• The molecular mechanisms of HIV pathogenesis

26. Rivera-Segarra, Eliut, PhD

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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Mental Health & Health Disparities

  • Stigma
  • Mental health
  • Health disparities

27. Rodriguez-Rabassa, Mary, PsyD, MSc
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Professor

School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Mental Health Division (PRI)

  • Environmental risk factors in child development
  • School readiness
  • Psychological distress and inflammation
  • Mental health and microbiome
  • Obesity

28. Rosario-Hernández, Ernesto, PhD
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Full Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Mental Health Division, PRI
• Occupational stress
• Counterproductive work behaviors
• Workplace bullying

• Occupational Health Psychology
• Psychological well-being at work

29. Roubert, Mayra, PhD
Associate Professor, Public Health
Public Health Division, PRI
• Environmental health
• Laboratory equipment/technology

30. Ruiz Ortiz, Lynnette, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Anatomy)
Cancer Biology Division, PRI

• Women’s Health and Reproductive Biology/Human Papillomavirus-HPV
• Endometriosis

31. Saavedra, Harold I., PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Pharmacology)
Cancer Biology Division, PRI

• The Rb/E2F pathway and chromosome instability.
• Developing mouse models of breast tumors.
• Centrosome amplification and chromosome instability in breast cancer. Chromosome instability and therapy resistance.

32. Sabate, Nuria, MD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Mental Health Division, PRI
• Child anxiety and trauma

33. Santiago Cardona, Pedro, PhD
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Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
Cancer Biology Division, PRI
• Molecular cancer biology, tumor suppressors, and oncogenes
• Lung cancer genetics in Puerto Ricans

34. Santiago Cornier, Alberto, PhD, MD
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Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
• Genetic malformations

 

35. Sepulveda Orengo, Marian T, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor

Department of Basic Sciences

Anatomy Department- Neuroscience Division

Research Interests:

  • Dysregulation of neuronal communication in the reward circuit due to cocaine addiction in the rat model
  • Identify new targets to prevent relapse
  • Effects of aerobic exercise on cocaine-induced neurophysiological changes

36. Soto, Brenda, PhD
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Associate Professor

Department of Public Health

Assistant Professor, Public Health
Community Outreach Division, PRI

 

37. Torres-Ruiz, José, PhD
Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
Vice President of Academic Affairs

  • Cancer Biology Division, PRI

 

38. Thompson Garcia, Kenira, PhD
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Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Neuroscience), Department of Psychiatry, and School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Dean of Research & President of Ponce Research Institute
Neuroscience Division, PRI
• Neuroscience/Learning and memory
• Radiation-induced brain damage

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