The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) was established in 1903 as Puerto Rico's first public institution of higher education. Rio Piedras (UPR-RP) is one of three UPR campuses with graduate programs. UPR-RP has an enrollment of 21,385 students, comprising about one-third of all of the UPR students. UPR-RP offers doctoral programs in biology, chemistry, and chemical physics, and the Carnegie Council classifies UPR-RP as a Doctoral II institution. Over 99 percent of the students are from Puerto Rico. The College of Natural Sciences, where this proposal is centered, had 2,698 undergraduates and 299 graduate students in 1998-99, about 14 percent of all of the students at the university. Of these, the Department of Biology has 1,154, Chemistry has 303, Physics has 19, and General Sciences and Pre-Med has 770. Biology has 57 master's and 47 doctoral students, whereas Chemistry has 45 and 55, respectively. Nearly 70 percent of the 129 full-time faculty at the College are Puerto Ricans. Over the last five years, these faculty members have published or submitted 728 articles and gave 905 presentations at national and international scientific meetings, an average of just over 1 paper per year per faculty. The MBRS program is centered in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry, with 38 and 34 full-time faculty respectively. From 1996 through 1998, Chemistry had 89 publications of which 61 came from the MBRS program. Over the same period, Biology had 217 publications of which only 19 were from the MBRS program. During the last three years, MBRS investigators in all departments have 192 published articles or manuscripts submitted (53 of these are submitted).

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Minority Biomedical Research Support - MBRS (S06)
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Ramírez-Camejo, Luis A; Maldonado-Morales, Génesis; Bayman, Paul (2017) Differential Microbial Diversity in Drosophila melanogaster: Are Fruit Flies Potential Vectors of Opportunistic Pathogens? Int J Microbiol 2017:8526385
Morales-Rivera, Keyla F; Piñero Cruz, Dalice M; Prieto, Jose A (2017) Crystal structure of (-)-(S)-4-[(2S,3S,4S,Z)-3-hydroxy-4-methyl-hept-5-en-2-yl]-1,3-dioxolan-2-one. Acta Crystallogr E Crystallogr Commun 73:1070-1072
García-Arriaga, Marilyn; Acosta-Santiago, Maxier; Cruz, Antony et al. (2017) Probing the Limits of Supramolecular G-Quadruplexes Using Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Simulations. Inorganica Chim Acta 468:209-222
Huang, Qing; Quiñones, Edwin (2016) A spectroscopic method to determine the activity of the restriction endonuclease EcoRV that involves a single reaction. Anal Biochem 497:103-5
Mège, Pascal; Schizas, Nikolaos V; Reyes, Joselyd García et al. (2015) Genetic seascape of the threatened Caribbean elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, on the Puerto Rico Shelf. Mar Ecol (Berl) 36:195-209
Morales-Rivera, Amarilys; Hernández-Burgos, Mayté M; Martínez-Rivera, Arlene et al. (2014) Anxiolytic effects of oxytocin in cue-induced cocaine seeking behavior in rats. Psychopharmacology (Berl) 231:4145-55
Ramírez-Camejo, Luis A; Torres-Ocampo, Ana P; Agosto-Rivera, José L et al. (2014) An opportunistic human pathogen on the fly: strains of Aspergillus flavus vary in virulence in Drosophila melanogaster. Med Mycol 52:211-9
Galindo-Cardona, Alberto; Acevedo-Gonzalez, Jenny P; Rivera-Marchand, Bert et al. (2013) Genetic structure of the gentle Africanized honey bee population (gAHB) in Puerto Rico. BMC Genet 14:65
Santiago-Rodriguez, Tasha M; Rivera, Jessica I; Coradin, Mariel et al. (2013) Antibiotic-resistance and virulence genes in Enterococcus isolated from tropical recreational waters. J Water Health 11:387-96
Pantoja-Feliciano, Ida Gisela; Clemente, Jose C; Costello, Elizabeth K et al. (2013) Biphasic assembly of the murine intestinal microbiota during early development. ISME J 7:1112-5

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