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NIH-IRACDA Postdoctoral Scholar: Teresa Martinez, Ph.D.

Teresa Martinez

PhD:  Microbiology, University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus
NY-CAPS Placement: Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Stony Brook University    TM
NY-CAPS Research Mentor: Dr. Thomas MacCarthy


Teresa Martinez did her bachelor ‘s degree in General Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus.  Martinez completed her Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico-Medical Sciences Campus. Her graduate research focused primarily on the genomic sequence of multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii strains, comparative genomics between A. baumannii isolates, characterization of mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance and pathogenesis. She is currently working under the direction of Dr. Thomas MacCarthy, in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, where they use computational methods to investigate the mutative properties and the potential evolutionary effects of the AID/APOBEC family of DNA editing enzymes on DNA viruses.

Why I chose to join IRACDA NY-CAPS

I choose IRACDA because it offers the opportunity to develop academic skills not only through seminars and workshops but also with the mentored teaching in three different undergraduate institutions. I come from a research-intense institution; however, I intend to seek a position at a primarily undergraduate institution. I believe this is an excellent opportunity to experience the diversity in the classroom and to know more about how to reach my future students.


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