Michelle M. Martínez Montemayor

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 2004, Michigan State University, East Lansing
ORCID #0000-0002-6933-9905

Academic Department(s)

Research Area
Cell and Molecular Biology

Research Interest
Breast cancer invasion, metastasis, and cancer cell survival
Hypoglycemic effects of plant extract formulations used in Puerto Rico as diabetes adjuvants
Dr. Martínez-Montemayor’s research focuses on studying experimental therapeutics and elucidating the mechanistic effects of natural compounds for cancer and diabetes treatment. The studies include computational models for studying synergy between compounds and conventional therapies, sensitization to resistance of small molecule inhibitors by compounds, mechanistic studies on cell death and cancer cell invasion regulation, and the effects of natural compounds on cancer stem cells. Diabetes studies include elucidation of hypoglycemic effects of extracts of plants commonly used but less studied in Puerto Rico. Students will be involved in studying the protein synthesis regulation role of natural compounds focusing on translation initiation via microarrays to detect actively translated or inhibited mRNAs.

Contact Information
Universidad Central del Caribe
P.O. Box 60327
Bayamón, PR 00960-6032

Tel.: (787) 798-3001 x2152 (Office), x 2153 (Lab)
e-mail: michelle.martinez@uccaribe.edu