The mission of our department is to provide for the education of biomedical students in the principles of physiology that are essential for the proper practice of medicine and the conductance of creative research. Our faculty members are involved in the generation of new knowledge by carrying out biomedical research and disseminating ideas through their participation in local, national and international symposiums and publication of their work. Our faculty participates in interdisciplinary graduate teaching and attracts postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists for training and collaboration.
The Department has received external funding for research since its early beginnings during the late ‘70s. Undergraduate and medical student research participation has also been a distinguishing feature among the research laboratories. Its faculty has been involved in the organization of local science symposiums and conferences as Annual Retreats, Annual Puerto Rico Neuroscience and Puerto Rico Physiological Annual Conferences. The Graduate Program in the Department includes Master and Ph.D. degrees in the fields of Cell Biology and Neuroscience. Its faculty participates in the medical courses Physiology, Neuroscience and Biochemistry and in specialized graduated courses designed to develop the skills, which would ultimately enable graduate students to design and conduct independent, relevant and creative research.
The current research topics of our faculty include:
- Neurobiology of drug addiction,
- Immune synapse, lipid rafts,
- Non-genomic action of thyroid hormones,
- Neurobiology-Neuronal Glial Networks,
- Biology of endothelial cells,
- Breast cancer invasion, metastasis, and cancer cell survival,
- Platelet function, atherosclerosis, innate immunity
Physiology Department Faculty
|PRISCILA SANABRIA, Ph.D.
Department Chairman & Professor
|LEGIER ROJAS, Ph.D.
|MIKHAIL INYUSHIN, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
|AMELIA RIVERA, Ph.D.
|SERGUEI SKATCHKOV, Ph.D.
Coordinator OIF Immunocytochemistry Lab.,
|MICHELLE MARTINEZ, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
|A.VALANCE WASHINGTON, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor,
|STANLEY ASENSIO, M.D.
Director Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
|GLADYS ESCALONA DE MOTA, Ph.D.
|ANGEL NORIEGA, M.D. M.D., F.A.A.N.
Physiology Department Staff
|JAN BENEDICT, Ph.D.
|ASTRID ZAYAS, Ph.D.
|KATIRIA COLON, BS
|JENISE SEGARRA, BS
|LYDIA MIRANDA, BS
|ANNETTE RIVERA, AD
Physiology Department Contact Information
Universidad Central del Caribe
PO Box 60327 Bayamón, Puerto Rico 00960-6032
Phone (787) 798-3001 X 2054
Fax (787) 786-6285