Telephone: 787-832-4040 ext.2874, 3944
Research Areas: Biomaterials
The Dr. Rios-Velazquez’ Microbial Biotechnology and Bioprospecting (MBB) laboratory seek the detection of activities with biomedical and biotechnological application from microorganisms in different environments using functional genomics, and combinatorial chemistry technology. The MBB lab. has focused on using microbiological and molecular approaches to isolate, and identify microbes, prokaryotic DNA or microbial products (bioprospects). The expertise in metagenomics developed in the MBB has allowed the developed of libraries from multiple environments such as aquatic environments, microbial mats, caves, hot-springs, compost and snail microbiomes. The metagenomic libraries generated are analyzed to find new genes and activities involve in biofilm formation, medical bioremediation, antibiotic production and resistance and potential use as biosensors.
- Ph.D. in Bacteriology University of WisconsinMadison, Madison, Wisconsin (Advisor: Dr. Timothy Donohue),2000.
- M.S. in Biology University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. (Advisor: Dr. Carlos Betancourt), 1993.
- B.S. in Industrial Microbiology University of Puerto Rico,Mayagüez Campus, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, 1989.