Principal Investigator


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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Samuel E. Inkabi, M.S.

Samuel is from Ghana, West Africa.  He earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. He obtained his M.S. in Experimental and Medical Biosciences from Linkoping University in Sweden. Samuel is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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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.

Post-doctoral scholars


Mohamed Fawzy Hamed Shehata, Ph.D.

Mohamed earned his B.S. in Veterinary Medical Science from Mansoura University in Egypt. He also obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. in Pathology from Mansoura University. Then, he pursued postdoctoral trainings in the Department of Neuropharmacology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Granada in Spain, the Department of Biology at the University of York in the United Kingdom, and the Department of Medicinal Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida, USA.

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