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1. Alvarado, Luisa, MD, FAPP Professor Pediatrics Infectious Disease Division, PRI

  • Pediatric infectious diseases
  • Enhanced Surveillance of Febrile Pathogens
lalvarado@psm.edu
2. Appleyard, Caroline B., PhD

Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Physiology), and Department of Internal Medicine Cancer Biology Division, Ponce Research Institute

  • 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
cappleyard@psm.edu See profile!
3. Armaiz-Peña, Guillermo, Ph.D.

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

  • Women’s Cancer
  • Role of emotional and behavioral disorders in cancer progression
  • Role of the immune system on the tumor microenvironment
  • Pre-clinical cancer therapeutics
garmaiz@psm.edu See Profile!

4. Barranco Elizabeth, MD

Associate Professor, Internal Medicine
CAIMED Clinical Research Division, Medical Director
ebarranco@psm.edu
crc@psm.edu
 See Profile!
5. Bredy Domínguez, Rafael, MD, MBE, MScCR

Associate Professor, Psychiatry
• Psychogenetics
• Obesity

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

rbredy@psm.edu
6. Cappas Ortiz, Nydia M., PsyD  Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Mental Health Division, PRI
• Primary care Psychology
• Health Psychology interventions for people living with HIV/AIDS
ncappas@psm.edu See Profile!

7. Carlo, Simón, MD

 Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry), Departments of Pediatrics, and Psychiatry
• Genetics
• Ethics in Research
• Autism
• Metabolic disorders
• Behavioral disorders
simoncarlo3@yahoo.com See Profile!

8. Casbas, Patricia, Ph.D

 Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
Cancer Biology Division, PRI
• Breast Cancer:
-Genomic subtypes
-Breast cancer microenvironments
-Modifiable behaviors for breast cancer prevention
• Lactation
pcasbas@psm.edu See Profile!
9. Castaing, Pedro, MD  Associate Professor, Psychiatry
• Psychogenetics
• Obesity
pcastaing@psm.edu
pa_castaing@yahoo.com
10. Castro, Eida, PsyD  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
eida36@yahoo.com See Profile!

11. Dutil, Julie, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
Cancer Biology Division, PRI
• Breast cancer genetics and genomics
• Population genetics
jdutil@psm.edu See Profile!

12. Fontanez, Darah, PhD

 Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Anatomy and Neuroscience) dfontanez@psm.edu  See Profile!

13. Flores, Idhaliz, PhD

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
 iflores@psm.edu See Profile!

14. Hernández, Wilfredo, PhD

 Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
Cancer Biology Division, PRI
• The chemoprevention of mutagenesis with antioxidants
whernández@psm.edu See Profile!

15. Hill, Martin D., PhD

 Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Pharmacology)
Infectious Disease Division, PRI
• HIV evolution and the pharmacology of anti-HIV drugs
• The pharmacological sanctuaries of HIV
mhill@psm.edu

16. Isidro, Angel A., MD

Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Physiology, Pharmacology), and Pathology
• The gastrointestinal pathology of inflammatory bowel disease
• Cardiovascular disease and endocrine pathology
• Pulmonary disease
 asidro@psm.edu

17. Jimenez, Julio, MD

Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and Department of Psychiatry Community Outreach Division, PRIMental Health Division, PRI
• HIV and felt stigma
• Intervention models for cancer patients
• Health psychology
jcjimenez@psm.edu
jujich2011@gmail.com
 See Profile!

18. Lugo, Fabio, MD

 Associate Professor, Psychiatry
• Fibromyalgia
• Dementia
 fabiohlugo@yahoo.com

19. Matta, Jaime L., PhD

 Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Pharmacology)
Cancer Biology Division
• DNA repair capacity in breast and skin cancer
• DNA repair genes associated with breast and skin cancer
• The epigenetic and nutritional factors in the regulation of DNA repair capacity
jmatta@psm.edu See Profile!
20. Monteiro, Janice, PhD Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
Cancer Biology Division, PRI
• The ovarian endometriosis histone code
jmonteiro@psm.edu
janice.deterre@yahoo.com
21. Morales, Diana, PhD  Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
CAIMED Clinical Research Division, Associate Scientific Director
 dmorales@psm.edu See Profile!

22. Mueller, Devin, PhD

Associate Professor, Basic Sciences
Neuroscience Division, PRI
• Addictive Processes
• Extinction of addictive memories
• Gender differences in addictive processes
dmueller@psm.edu See Profile!

23. Noel, Richard J., Jr., PhD

 Professor and Director Basic Sciences
Infectious Diseases Division, PRI
Neuroscience Division, PRI
• HIV/AIDS
• Neuropathology
 rnoel@psm.edu See Profile!

24. Orengo, Juan C.

 Professor, Public Health
Epidemiology Division, PRI
Infectious Disease Division, PRI
 jorengo@psm.edu See Profile!
25. Porter, James T., PhD  Associate Professor, Departments of Basic Sciences (Neuroscience and Pharmacology), and Psychiatry
Neuroscience Division, PRI
• Fear extinction
jporter@psm.edu  See Profile!

26. Rivera-Amill, Vanessa, PhD

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
 vrivera@psm.edu See Profile!

27. Rodriguez, Mary, PsyD

 Associate Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Mental Health Division, PRI
• Obesity
marodriguez@psm.edu See Profile!

28. Rosario-Hernández, Ernesto,PhD

 Associate Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Mental Health Division, PRI
• Occupational stress
• Counterproductive work behaviors
• Workplace bullying
• Psychological well-being at work
erosario@psm.edu See Profile!
29. Roubert, Mayra, PhD Associate Professor, Public Health
Public Health Division, PRI
• Environmental health
• Laboratory equipment/technology
mroubert@psm.edu
30. Ruiz Ortiz, Lynnette, PhD  Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Anatomy)
Cancer Biology Division, PRI
• Endometriosis
lruiz@psm.edu

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.

 hsaavedra@psm.edu

32. Sabate, Nuria, MD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Mental Health Division, PRI
• Child anxiety and trauma
nsabate@psm.edu

33. Santiago Cardona, Pedro, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
Cancer Biology Division, PRI
• Molecular cancer biology, tumor suppressors, and oncogenes
• Lung cancer genetics in Puerto Ricans
psantiago@psm.edu  See Profile!
34. Santiago Cornier, Alberto, PhD, MD Associate Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
• Genetic malformations
scornier@psm.edu See Profile!

35. Soto, Brenda

Assistant Professor, Public Health
Community Outreach Division, PRI
 bsoto@psm.edu See Profile!

36. Thompson Garcia, Kenira, PhD

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
kthompson@psm.edu See Profile!
37. Torres-Ruiz, José, PhD Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Biochemistry)
Vice President of Academic Affairs
Cancer Biology Division, PRI
jtorres@psm.edu

38. Yamamura, Yasuhiro, PhD

Professor, Department of Basic Sciences (Microbiology)
Director, AIDS Research Program
Director, WHO HIVResNet-accredited HIV Drug Resistance Laboratory
Infectious Diseases Division, PRI
• The virology and immunology of AIDS
• The molecular epidemiology of HIV
• Inflammation and mental disorders
• The human microbiome and chronic disease
• The molecular diagnoses of infectious diseases and genetic disorders
yyamamura@psm.edu See Profile!

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