Directorship

The PR-AABRE was established in 2002 by Dr. Fernando Gonzalez, as the Puerto Rico Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN-PR). BRIN-PR was hosted by The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) with the endorsement of the Puerto Rico IDeA Committee, and sponsored by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the NIH. The main goals of the BRIN-PR were to:

In 2004, and under the leadership of Dr. Fernando A. Gonzalez, the BRIN-PR successfully competed for an IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) award from the NIH NCRR. At this time the program assumed the name of the Puerto Rico Alliance for the Advancement of Biomedical Research Excellence (PRAABRE).

Both Dr. Gonzalez and Dr. Sandra Peña de Ortiz, at the time Associate PRAABRE Director, successfully prepared a renewal application for INBRE funds in July, 2008.  Dr. Sandra Peña de Ortiz took over the Directorship of the program during the fall of 2009  until 2013.

In 2014 Dr. Rodriguez-Medina was appointed as Director of the Puerto Rico INBRE Program.

Dr. José R. Rodriguez-Medina is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition at the School of Medicine of the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus.

Dr. Rodriguez-Medina earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus. After obtaining his doctoral degree in Biology from Brandeis University, he conducted post-doctoral training in biochemistry at the National Cancer Institute in NIH.

He joined the School of Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus in 1989. His research studies have focused on evaluating myosin type II function in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, regulation cell wall stress response, signaling pathways in cytokinesis, cell wall biogenesis, and growth. 35 scientific publications have resulted from the findings of these research activities. As a faculty member of the Graduate Program in Biochemistry, he has mentored 11 Ph.D. students, two M.S. students, and two Post-doctoral trainees.

Dr. Rodriguez-Medina’s research has been funded by grants from NIGMS-SCORE, NIMHD-RCMI, and RCRII programs.

Dr. Rodriguez-Medina co-directs instrumentation cores funded by NIMHD and NIGMS programs. He was recently appointed Associate Director of the Center for Research, Compliance and Development at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus.