Ponce Health Sciences University
-August 2005 to July 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Neurology and Neuroscience, Division of Neurobiology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY.
-May 2005: Ph.D. in Neural Sciences and Behavior, State University of New York (SUNY), Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
-September 2002-May 2005: Graduate student, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.
-August 1999- July 2002: Graduate student, Department of Physiology, Ponce School of Medicine (PSM), Ponce, Puerto Rico.
-1995-1999: B.S. in General Sciences, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey Campus, Cayey, Puerto Rico. Magna-Cum Laude.
Research Interests (extract from Profile in www.psm.edu)
I bring expertise in brain opioid systems, as well as an extensive background in female rat brain physiology. I also have expertise in multiple models of rodent behavioral assessment and sex differences. I have experience in many anatomical techniques including light and electron microscopy immunocytochemistry, as well as extensive background on statistical analyses. In addition I also have experience on ontology of sex-dependent behavioral manifestations and how different drugs can affect it. I have supervised numerous undergraduate and graduate student and one of my favorite teaching activities is to supervise graduate students in the laboratory. I have expertise in teaching experience on Anatomy and Physiology, Neuroanatomy and Neuropharmacology. I currently hold an active collaboration with Dr. Caroline Appleyard from Ponce School of Medicine looking at the brain-gut axis interactions on the development of chronic diseases such as endometriosis. I believe my expertise on sex-differences brings a unique opportunity to develop multiple collaborative research projects with a clinically relevant perspective.