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Diana Fernández, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
Ed.D. 2006; Interamerican University of Puerto Rico

Academic Department
Department of Internal Medicine

Research Area
HIV/AIDS

Research Interest
Natural History of AIDS Disease and the Clinical Spectrum of Disease.
HIV risk reduction intervention as a secondary HIV co-morbidity prevention.

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Eddy Ríos-Olivares, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Chair Department of Microbiology and Immunology
RCMI Program Director
Professor
Ph.D. 1976. University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus
M.P.H. 1967. Univ. of Minnesota

Academic Department
Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Research Area
HIV/AIDS, Substances of Abuse

Research Interest
The natural history of HIV/AIDs in Puerto Rico in adult population.
HIV-HCV co-infection (genotyping).
Effect of “speedball” use on the immune system.
Effect of cocaine, heroin methadone, and buprenorphine on CD4+ and CD8+ T-lymphocytes.

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José W. Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 1998. Morehouse School of Medicine

Academic Department
Microbiology and Immunology

Research Area
HIV Immunology

Research Interest
Determinig immune restoration in HIV-Infected children and adults undergoing haart by evaluating the surface makers, proliferative and apoptotic responses, and the levels of Th1/Th2 cytokines and β-chemokines.

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Krishna Baksi, Ph.D.

Assistan Professor
Ph.D. 1978. All India Institute of Medical Science

Academic Department
Anatomy and Cell Biology

Research Area
Biochemistry

Research Interest
Structure-Function Relationdhip of Muscarinic Toxin MT-7 Dol-P-Man synthase: Modulation of Protein N-Glycosylation.

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Legier Rojas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1987. University of Puerto Rico

Academic Department
Physiology

Research Area
Neurobiology

Research Interest
Understand the mechanism by which thyroids hormones induces non-genomic action in the pre-and post-synaptic region in a developmental tissue.

The effects of cholesterol and lipid exposed mutations on the Torpedo and muscle-type AChR channel f unction.

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Luis A. Cubano, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2000. Kansas State University

Academic Department
Anatomy and Cell Biology
Microbiology and Immunology

Research Area
Cell Biology

Research Interest
Cytoskeletal organization
HIV Drug Resistance

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Michelle Martínez, Ph.D.

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

Academic Department
Anatomy and Cell Biology

Research Area
Cell and Molecular Biology

Research Interest
Resveratrol in breast cancer cell survival or apoptosis

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Misty Eaton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. 1990. University Texas Southwestern Medical School

Academic Department
Biochemistry

Research Area
Functional Role of Potassium channels in Astrocytes

Research Interest
Glial participation in regulation of neuronal signaling and neuronal communication. Polyamine and ATP release from Glial cells to neuronal network.

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Nawal Boukli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2000. University of Geneva

Academic Department
Microbiology and Immunology

Research Area
HIV and Substance Abuse

Research Interest
Use of proteins as disease markers.
Currently, HIV + Individuals are compared with HIV + Intravenous drug users (IDUs) and the effects of drug abuse in the protein expression patterns.

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Pedro Ferchmin, Ph.D.

Professor
Ph.D. 1971. National University Of Cordoba, Argentina

Academic Department
Biochemistry

Research Area
Neuroscience-Nicotine-relevance to neuroprotection

Research Interest
The molecular mechanism of nicotine induced neuroprotection and it modulation by cembranoids.

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Priscila Sanabria, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Physiology
Professor
Ph.D. 1986. University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus

Academic Department
Physiology

Research Area
Endothelium Physiology

Research Interest
Ca2+ mobilization and Cell Imaging

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Robert Hunter, M.D.

Professor
M.D. 1978. University of Puerto Rico

Academic Department
Internal Medicine

Research Area
HIV/AIDS

Research Interest
HIV/HCV co-infection
HIV Pathogenesis

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