People

Principal Investigator

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Luis R. Martinez, Ph.D., MBA

Luis was born and raised in Ponce, PR and lived close to 20 years in NYC. He earned his B.S. in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, his M.S. in Microbiology from Long Island University-Brooklyn, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Graduate students

Ana Vargas

Ana Vargas, B.S.

Ana is a native of El Paso, TX. She obtained a B.S. in microbiology at UTEP and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. Ana is an outstanding artist and is considering to pursue a career as a microbiologist in the US Armed Forces.

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Marlynn Cadena, B.S.

Marlynn was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She obtained a B.S. in microbiology at UTEP where she participated in the NIH-funded MARC program. Marlynn is presently pursuing a M.S. in microbiology. She is interested in becoming a high school science teacher.

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Yeon-Hwa Woo, B.S.

Yeon-Hwa was born in Daejeon, Korea. She came to the U.S. to study abroad and attended to the University of Washington where she obtained a B.S. in biochemistry. Yeon-Hwa is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. She is interested in continuing post-doctoral training.

Undergraduate students

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Daniela Chow

Daniela was born and raised in El Paso, TX. She attended Franklin HS and is pursuing a B.S. in biomedical sciences. Daniela is interested in becoming a physician scientist.

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Hazael Hernandez

Hazael was born in El Paso, TX. He obtained a B.S. from UTEP where he majored in cell and molecular biochemistry and participated in the NIH-funded RISE program. Hazael is currently applying to medical school and aspires to become a physician.

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Stephanie Rodriguez

Stephanie was born in El Paso, TX and raised in Juarez, Mexico. She is a participant of the NIH-funded EPCC-UTEP Bridge program. Stephanie is majoring in nursing at the El Paso Community College (EPCC) and expects to become a medical doctor in the future.
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