Success stories! [UNDER CONSTRUCTION]
One of our main objectives is to train
students and expose them to the vast array of research opportunities in
microbiology and related areas. We have trained dozens of students
in our Geomicrobiology Lab. Where are they now?
project involved using metagenomic libraries to find novel genes
conferring antibiotic resistance (Search for antibiotic resistance genes
in metagenomic libraries derived from microbial mats at the Cabo Rojo
Salterns). Angel will graduate this may with a bachelors degree in
Microbiology. He was awarded an NIH Training Grant at the
University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he will pursue his PhD in
Microbiology starting next Fall.
In 2008, Lorraine obtained
her bachelors degree in Microbiology. During her undergraduate
studies she worked on the "Molecular Identification of Cyanobacteria in
Young and Mature Hypersaline Microbial Mats at the Cabo Rojo Salterns in
Puerto Rico". She is currently in her third year as a Food
Microbiology PhD student at Cornell University.
As an undergraduate student
Dr. Villafañe studied the effects of pH in microbial mats (Effect of
different pH's on the microbial diversity present in hypersaline
microbial mats). After finishing his bachelors degree in General
Biology, in 2003, he continued studies as a Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
PhD student at Rutgers University. His dissertation
project was entitled "Regulation of expression of copper
responsive genes in Sulfolobus solfaricus". He is currently
an assistant researcher and assistant professor for the Biology
Department at the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao campus.