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McNair
Experience
I was motivated to participate in this program because I want to complete
a PhD in Biophysics and obtain a research position at the graduate level,
and this program offers help with applying to graduate school.
My Curriculum Vitae
Education 


20012006
University of Puerto Rico
Humacao,PR
Bachelor of Science/Physics
Applied to Electronics

Professional
Experience 


20012002 University of Puerto Rico
Humacao,PR
Instructor’s Assistant in WEEA
Program
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Instructor’s assistant in
physics seminars developed to increase the participation of Junior
and High School females in science.


20012002 University of
Puerto Rico
Humacao,PR
A Mathematical Model for
RadiationInduced Cell Carcinogenesis
§
Undergraduate research in the
area of space science and biology.
§
The results were presented in
the First Physics Congress, April 2002 and at the EPSCoR Annual Meeting, May 2002.
Cell Survival Curves for Space
Radiation
§
We developed and solved in a
closed form a carcinogenesis mathematical model with n
mutations and parameters, characterizing an equal number of
different biological processes arising when a stem cell population
is continuously irradiated with highLET HZE radiation.
§
The results were presented in:
o
Junior Technical Meeting,
March 2003


20032004
University of Puerto Rico
Humacao, PR
A Radiation Induced
Carcinogenesis Model for Space Radiation
§
We developed and solved in a
closed form a carcinogenesis mathematical model with n
mutations and parameters, characterizing an equal number of
different biological processes arising when a stem cell population
is continuously irradiated with highLET HZE radiation.
§
The results were presented in:
o
PRSGC Congress on Integrating NASA Research and
Education Projects in Puerto Rico AAAS & PR EPSCoR Annual Meeting, November 2003,
o
Junior Technical Meeting, March 2004.


Summer 2004
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
Insulin Fibrillogenesis
Studied by Atomic Force Microscopy

In preliminary experiments that will eventually study the
formation of fibrils (fibrillogenesis) in abnormal ataxin3
proteins related to Huntington’s disease, we have used the Atomic
Force Microscopy (AFM) to investigate fibrillogenesis in bovine
insulin to determine protocols for sample preparation, structure
measurement, and image analysis. This leads to a proofofconcept
for the future ataxin3 work. Through a set of timeseries
measurements, we have succeeded in imaging insulin through
different stages of fibril formation.


A Radiation
Induced Carcinogenesis Model for Space Radiation
§
We continued working with the
model of carcinogenesis developed and solved in a closed form,
adding the TG43 protocol.
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The results were presented in:
o NASA
PR Space Grant Consortium External Advisory Board, February 8, 2005.
o Investigation
Day, University of Puerto RicoHumacao, Humacao
PR, February 24,
2005.
o Junior Technical Meeting
, March 2005.

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