Biochemistry Department

The Biochemistry Department of Universidad Central del Caribe was founded in 1976. Three of the original four founding faculty members still serve full-time in the department. The Biochemistry Department faculty members are all dedicated researcher-educators who serve the departmental mission. The Biochemistry Department supervises a major first-year medical degree program course, Biochemistry & Cell Biology, as well as several graduate degree program courses. The Biochemistry Department offers an MS degree in biochemistry, while Biochemistry Department faculty members also participate as teachers and mentors in the Molecular Cell Biology and Neuroscience PhD programs. The Biochemistry Department provides research opportunities both to graduate students and to medical students under the supervision of Biochemistry Department faculty members.  Numerous medical and graduate students have had rewarding research experiences in the faculty labs over the past few years.

 

Mission

The mission of the Biochemistry Department is to advance the understanding of biological processes at the molecular level through research and education.

 

Research

The Biochemistry Department faculty members conduct original research in such diverse areas as neuroprotection, glial cell function, neuronal-glial networks, membrane receptor surface expression, glial cell ion channels, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, neural cell differentiation and cancer cell metastasis and survival. Individual faculty research interests can be found in the Research section of the UCC website.

 

Biochemistry Department Faculty


RICHARD M. HANN
 

Professor and Department Chairman
M.D., University of Oklahoma, 1974


MISTY EATON
 

Professor
Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 1990

 


VESNA A. ETEROVIC
 

Professor
Ph.D., Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina), 1971


PEDRO A. FERCHMIN
 

Professor
Ph.D., Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina), 1971

 


SERGUEI SKATCHKOV
 

Professor (Joint Appointment in the Dept. of Physiology)
Ph.D., Leningrad State University, 1991

 


WANDA VÉLEZ-CARRASCO
 

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Tufts University, 1998


LILIA KUCHERYAVYKH
 

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., St. Petersburg State University, 2001

 


YURIY KUCHERYAVYKH
 

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., St. Petersburg State University, 2003


MICHELLE MARTÍNEZ
 

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, 2004


ANTONIO HENRIQUE BACCIN MARTINS
 

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University Federal of São Paulo, Brazil, 2006


ADA C. SZETO
 

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus, 2005


ONE R. PAGAN
 

Adjunct Associate Professor
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2005
Associate Professor, West Chester State University, PA

 

Biochemistry Staff


Desiree Chevalier

Administrative Assistant
x. 2031 desiree.chevalier@uccaribe.edu 

 

 

Contact Us

Biochemistry Department

Universidad Central del Caribe
PO Box 60327
Bayamón, Puerto Rico 00960-6032
Phone (787) 798-3001 x-2031
Fax (787) 786-6285
e-mail: desiree.chevalier@uccaribe.edu