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Brilliant CREST Student Obtains First Prize in the Emerging Researchers National Conference PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Monday, 18 March 2013 13:41

Nicole Blanco Vicéns, undergraduate Industrial Engineering CREST student won first place in the Nanoscience category in the poster competition of the 2013 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) in STEM Conference . The conference was held in Washington DC from February 28 to March 3. Her poster titled "Understanding and Exploiting Compromises between Different Co-Zn Ferrite Nanoproperties” was coauthored by Zaimara E. Hernandez-Marquez (2012 Industrial Engineering graduate) and Silvana Urcia-Romero (former CREST student currently doctoral one in Florida State University). The project is a collaboration between the IRG2 and the Interdisciplinary Computational Group, led by Prof. Mauricio Cabrera-Ríos, Nicole's adviser.  Nicole is an accomplished young researcher, as evinced by a publication in the Journal of Engineering Manufacture and outstanding participation in local, national and international conferences. Her enthusiasm for interdisciplinary work has never gone unnoticed in such events.

Nicole Blanco

This is the third consecutive year that CREST students have received awards at this event. The ERN Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit such as the Centers for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST).

Last Updated on Monday, 18 March 2013 14:44
Graduating Senior Receives Awards in National Conference on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 12:17

In November 2011, during the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Industrial Biotechnology senior student Christie Rodriguez presented a poster titled "Surface Functionalization of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Magnetic Drug Targeting." This research is part of Dr. Oscar Perales-Perez's interdisciplinary group (IRG2). During this conference around 1,300 outstanding undergraduate research posters were presented. Christie received the Outstanding Poster Presentation award in the categories of Engineering, Physics, and Math. Additionally she received an award in a new category: Interdisciplinary Research. In this category 160 students competed and 41 were recognized. Earlier this year, Christie received a Research Stipend Scholarship from the partnership established between MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Puerto Rico for her research related to cancer therapeutics.

Christie Rodriguez

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2011 16:51
IRG2: Engineered Non-Toxic Quantum Dots Systems for Cancer Therapy Applications PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 07 July 2004 09:54

Oscar Perales (Co-PI), Luis Rivera, Maharaj S. Tomar and Surinder P. Singh

Medical science is the area where active nanotechnologies are having an incomparable impact. On a therapy basis, the emerging cancer treatment based on the photodynamic therapy (PDT) approach could fully modify the way how semiconductor Quantum Dots (QDs) would be used by promoting the singlet oxygen yield, responsible for killing of cancer cells, by using QDs alone or combined with conventional photo-sensitizers (PS), opens new possibilities for transformative research in cancer therapy.

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 November 2008 18:19

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