The Research Training Opportunity Program Program (RTOP) is an initiative for 2021-2025 funding period of the Hispanic Alliance for Clinical & Translational Research (ALLIANCE). In order to maintain highly competitive research programs, the Technologies & Resources For Research Core Laboratories (TRRCL) must provide researchers with the latest technology available to attain findings that will contribute to decrease or eliminate health disparities that permeate in our environment and population.

Marian T. Sepulveda-Orengo, PhD

Assistant Professor Department of Basic Sciences Ponce Health Sciences University Ponce Research Institute

Associate Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry, Universidad Central del Caribe

PROJECT TITLE: MYELOID CELL CIRCUIT IN PRIMARY AND RECURRENT GLIOBLASTOMA TUMORS I conduct Brain Tumor Research Program at the Universidad Central del Caribe (UCC). In the framework of the program, I am involved in research mentoring of early career investigators, graduate and undergraduate students. Within the program, I conduct few active research projects based on…

School of Dental Medicine UPR-Medical Sciences Campus

SALIVARY INFLAMMATION PROFILE OF HISPANIC INFANTS Project description: The proposed project will allow us to perform a salivary inflammation profile to observe the specific characteristics of infants at higher risk of obesity to perhaps enhance our capacity to predict the life-long risk of the disease and associated comorbidities.

Ailed M. Cruz Collazo, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher Department of Biochemistry UPR-Medical Sciences Campus

RAC/CDC42 INHIBITORS AS NEW DRUGS FOR PANCREATIC CANCER Project description: Demonstrate the efficacy of Rac/Cdc42 inhibitors as new drugs for pancreatic cancer using pancreatic cancer mouse models, and the effect on tumor microenvironment from pancreatic cancer patient’s tissue.