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A driven scientist with 10+ years in analyzing drug effects in complex biological paradigms. Looking for a position that allows to leverage my pharmacology knowledge, systems analysis skills, and existing contacts within Vanderbilt to make discoveries with  translational impact.  Ideally, I would continue using my creative and practical problem solving abilities to utilize existing patient data with the goal of efficiently guiding new drug development and find novel uses for old drugs.

Work experience

Apr 2014Present

Research Fellow (Drug Development)

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Preclinical targeted therapy-Iterative drug development-target validation- proteomics and high dimensional data analysis-hormone and kinase signaling 

Sep 2012Mar 2014

Research Fellow (Clinical Pharmacology)

Vanderbilt University

 Preclinical validation and drug re-purposing of carvedilol for cancer ; Developed patentable diagnostic tool; cardio oncology; methods to quantify single tumor cells in vivo -stromal tumor establishment.

Sep 2006Sep 2012

Graduate Student/Teaching Assistant (Pharmacology)

Vanderbilt University

Studied and performed experiments  in: Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Dosing, Tissue specific drug interactions, signal transduction, neural stress, bone metabolism 

Mar 2004Aug 2006

Research Assistant

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio(UTHSCSA)

Researched Bubonic plague and cholera vaccine development;  Protein purification; ageing and immunity/inflammation; colony management

Nov 2000May 2003

Undergraduate Researcher

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Meningitis pathogencity and immune function research;

Jan 1999Jun 1999

Project Manager (Skate Park Construction)

El Paso YMCA

Created operations team and supervised construction; set and met deadlines, community outreach



PhD Pharmacology

Vanderbilt University

Stress, Depression, Bone, and Cancer


Medical School/Graduate School

U. of Texas Health Science Center

Medical training, research, and graduate education


B.Sc Biology

Texas A&M University

Pre-med,  graduated cum laude

Other Education and Skills


Drug Device and Discovery (Patenting, FDA Regulations, Clinical Trials)

Biological Network Analysis (Quantification of complex biological systems)

Fundamentals of Business Management (project based fundamentals course)

Summer Intensive on Tech Commercialization (Biotech Project Management)

Languages: Spanish