Michelle M. Martínez Montemayor

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

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

Selected Publications
Anti-tumor effects of Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) in inflammatory breast cancer in in vivo and in vitro models.  Suárez-Arroyo IJ, Rosario-Acevedo R, Aguilar-Pérez A, Clemente PL, Cubano LA, Serrano J, Shneider RJ, Martínez-Montemayor MM. PLoS ONE 2013;8(2): e57431.
The soy isoflavone equol may increase cancer malignancy via up-regulation of eukaryotic protein synthesis initiation factor eIF4G.  de la Parra C, Oter-Franqui E, Martínez-Montemayor MM, Dharmawardhane S.  J Biol Chem. 2012 Dec 7;287(50):41640-50.
Ganoderma lucidum (Reishi) Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Expression of Key Molecules in Inflammatory Breast Cancer.  Martínez-Montemayor MM, Acevedo RR, Otero-Franqui E, Cubano LA, Dharmawardhane SF. Nutr Cancer. 2011 Oct;63(7):1085-94. 
Individual and combined soy isoflavones exert differential effects on metastatic cancer progression.  Martínez-Montemayor MM, Otero-Franqui E, Martinez J, De La Mota-Peynado A, Cubano LA, Dharmawardhane S.  Clin Exp Metastasis. 2010 Jun 2. 

Inhibition of mammary tumor growth and metastases to bone and liver by dietary grape polyphenols. Castillo-Pichardo L, Martínez-Montemayor MM, Martínez JE, Wall KM, Cubano LA, Dharmawardhane S. Clin Exp Metastasis. 2009;26(6):505-16. 

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