Graduate Student Accomplishments

Ph.D. Student Wins 3rd Place at Graduate Poster Competition

Yaliz Loperena Álvarez was awarded 3rd Place in The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Graduate Poster Competition at the 2014 ASCB/IFCB Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, which took place in December 6, 2014.

Her research, titled “Ganoderma lucidum decreases the phosphorylation of STAT-3 in vitro and in xenograft model of SUM-149″, was performed at the UCC Biochemistry Department, under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Martínez.  Congratulations to Yaliz and her mentor for their outstanding performance.

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Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31) grant was awarded to Mr. Pedro Feliciano

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Mr. Pedro Feliciano was awarded a Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31) grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.  His research, titled “Regulation of Inhibitory Activity at Hippocampal Slices by Synapsin II and Rab3a” will be performed at the UCC Neuroscience Department, under the supervision of Dr. Maria Bykhovskaia.  Congratulations to Pedro and his mentor.  This is the second F31 grant awarded to UCC.

 

 

Master of Science Student Wins 1st Place at National Symposium

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Ms. Yanilda Ramos was awarded 1st Place in the Graduate Poster Competition at the 10th Annual National Symposium on Prostate Cancer at Clark Atlanta University, which took place in March, 2014.

Her research, titled “Anticancer Curcuma longa and Coriolus versicolor  (PSP) Extracts Induce ER Stress-Mediated Apoptosis in Prostate Cancer”, was performed at the UCC Microbiology and Immunology Department, under the supervision of Dr. Nawal Boukli.  The goal of the research is to identify compounds that can serve as therapeutics against prostate cancer.  Congratulations to Yanilda and her mentor for their outstanding performance.

 

UCC Neuroscience PhD Student Obtains Biophysical Society Award

Quiroz2Mr. Eduardo Quiroz is a graduate student of the Neuroscience PhD Program of the UCC, and is conducting his PhD research thesis under the direction of the Neuroscience Department’s Dr. Jorquera.  Eduardo’s main focus has been to understand the molecular regulation of neuronal communication and links dysfunctions with human pathogenesis. His extraordinary work, recently presented at the 58Th Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco, CA, has been selected for the 2014 Education Committee Travel Award of The Biophysical Society. In addition, Mr. Quiroz has been elected a Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Student and fellow in 2012. We congratulate Eduardo for his achievements, and we are thankful to him as well for helping to take the UCC name worldwide.

 

Distinguished research work in the search for the treatment of diseases

DSC_0575-1024x735The Universidad Central del Caribe (UCC) congratulates Yaliz Loperena, Raysa Rosario and Ivette Suárez, students in the Cellular and Molecular Biology doctoral program of the UCC School of Medicine, who were each invited by the American Association for Cancer Research to present their research work at the annual meeting to be held in Washington, D.C. This honor is a recognition of the work done by students in the UCC Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, in the search for treatment of various diseases. The students will be presenting the following research topics: Yaliz Loperena: Effects of Ganoderma lucidum on cytokine expression in Inflammatory Breast Cancer; Raysa Rosario: Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi) Induces Autophagy in Inflammatory Breast Cancer Cells to Promote Cell Death; Ivette Suarez: Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) downregulates key proteins overexpressed in IBC and chemosensitizes EGFR-overexpressing cells to erlotinib.

 

First Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31) grant was awarded to Mrs. Ivette Suárez

Ivette picMrs. Ivette Suárez,  (student in the Cellular and Molecular Biology doctoral program) was awarded a Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31) grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, titled “Role of Reishi on Cell Surface Proteins and Signaling Modulation in IBC” will be performed at the UCC Biochemistry Department, under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Martínez.  Congratulations to Ivette and his mentor.  This is the first F31 grant awarded to UCC.