Miguel Pablo David Méndez González Phone: 787-546-3656 / Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org Education
Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamón Puerto Rico.
2011-2016 Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Biology.
University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Puerto Rico.
2006-2010 Baccalaureate Degree in Biology with a major in Biomedical Sciences.
Northwest Adventist Academy, Aguadilla Puerto Rico, High School diploma.
Online Education Training
New to Online: The Essentials- Course based on the basic principles for online teaching, 2014 course design, delivery and assessment.
• Undergraduate Students, Cellular Transformation. Molecular Biology Summer Academy, Universidad Central del Caribe. 2013-2015
• Medical Students, Histology and Cell Biology. Universidad Central del Caribe.
• Graduate Students, General Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Universidad Central del Caribe.
• High School students, Careers in Biomedical Sciences. Miguel de Cervantes High School.
• Middle school students, Principles of Mendelian Genetics and Plant Biology. First Bilingual School, Aguadilla Puerto Rico.
• Undergraduate Students, Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory Instructor. Antillean Adventist University.
• Careers Beyond Medicine: Ph.D. Seminar for Fundación Garcia Rinaldi Summer Students Program at Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamón, P.R.
• Science Puerto Rico, Map for Success: skills and strategies for undergraduate students, University of Puerto Rico Bayamón Campus, Bayamón, P.R.
• “Sácale el juego a tu bachillerato: recomendaciones para la transición de subgraduado a graduado”. (Maximizing your undergraduate studies: from undergraduate to graduate school). University of Puerto Rico Bayamón, Bayamón, P.R.
• Careers in Biomedical Sciences. Orientation Day, Miguel de Cervantes High School, Bayamón, P.R. 2013 Coursework
Universidad Central del Caribe, Graduate Program Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology I & II, Protein structure and Function, Signal Transduction, Glial Neurobiology, Cellular and Molecular Neurophysiology, Astrocytes and Epilepsy, Biostatistics, Scientific Methodology, Responsible Conduct Research, Critical Thinking and Grant Writing.
Page 2 Curriculum Vitae
University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla Campus General Biology I, II, General Chemistry I, II, Organic Chemistry I, II, Microbiology, Genetics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, II, Undergraduate Research, Immunology, Physics I, II, Introductory Biomedics and Bioethics. Each class with their corresponding laboratory.
Méndez-González MP, Kucheryavykh YV, Zayas-Santiago A, Vélez-Carrasco W, Maldonado-Martínez G, Cubano LA, Nichols CG, Skatchkov SN, Eaton MJ.Novel KCNJ10 variations compromise function of inwardly rectifying potassium channel 4.1. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2016; 291: 7716-7726.
Rivera-Aponte DE, Méndez-González MP, Rivera-Pagán AF, Kucheryavykh YV, Kucheryavykh LY, Skatchkov SN, Eaton MJ. Hyperglycemia reduces functional expression of astrocytic Kir4.1 channels and glial glutamate uptake. Neuroscience. 2015; 310: 216-223.
Poster presentations (From a list of 14)
M. Méndez-González, Y.V. Kucheryavykh, A. Zayas-Santiago, L.A. Cubano, S.N. Skatchkov and M.J. Eaton. Novel KCNJ10 SNPs affect Kir4.1 properties and its modulation by spermine. Society for Neuroscience Conference, Chicago.
M. Méndez-González, Y.V. Kucheryavykh, A. Zayas-Santiago, L.A. Cubano, S.N. Skatchkov and M.J. Eaton. Impaired Kir4.1 channel function due to KCNJ10 variations. CSHL Conference “Glia in Health & Disease” Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY.
D. Rivera-Aponte, A. Rivera-Pagán, M. Méndez-González, Y.V. Kucheryavykh, L.Y. Kucheryavykh, S.N. Skatchkov and M.J. Eaton. Astrocytes in hyperglycemic conditions have decreased expression of TREK-2 and Kir 4.1 potassium channels. CSHL Conference “Glia in Health & Disease” Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY. 2014
M. Méndez, Y.V. Kucheryavykh, A. Zayas-Santiago, L.A. Cubano, S. N. Skatchkov, M.J. Eaton. Novel KCNJ10 variations compromise Kir4.1 channel function. Abstract E6, Society for Neuroscience, San Diego. 2013
D.E. Rivera-Aponte, M. Méndez González, A. Rivera-Pagán, Y.V. Kucheryavyhk, L.Y. Kucheryavyhk , S.N. Skatchkov, M.J. Eaton, High glucose decreases Kir4.1 and TREK-2 potassium channel expression in cultured cortical astrocytes. Abstract D39, Society for Neuroscience, San Diego.
M. Méndez, K. Rolón Reyes, D. E. Rivera Aponte, S. N. Skatchkov, M. J. Eaton, L. Kucheryavykh. Microglia promote glioma cell migration and dispersal by activating the PLCγ1 and Pyk2 signaling cascade. Abstract 10/S5, Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans.
Travel Award- SPINES Neuroscience Symposium- Scientific Excellence and Lifelong Mentoring to Increase Diversity at Chicago, IL.
Travel award – 1st National Enhancement of Underrepresented Academic Leaders (NEURAL) Conference at University of Alabama, Birmingham.
Second place poster competition- 2nd Puerto Rico Cell Signaling Meeting.
Research Initiative for Science Education (RISE) -Training program for Ph.D. candidates in biomedical research and in educational methodology, to prepare them for future careers as academic scientist and educators. 2014-present
Travel award- Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics and Survival (SPINES) - Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA.
OADRGS Predoctoral Scholarship – Office of the Associate Dean for research and Graduate Studies. 2012-2014
Title V scholarship -Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA). 2012
Smart Scholarship - Science, Mathematics & Research for Transformation.
Additional Courses and Seminars
CITI Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) for Clinical Investigators. 2014
Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research. 2014
Biomedical Research - Basic/Refresher. 2014
Neurons in Action- Computational electrophysiological experience based on the stochastic nature of a single ion channel relate to and form the basis of the action potential.
Summer Program in Neuroscience, Ethics and Survival (SPINES) - is a four-week long course at the Marine Biological Laboratory, aimed at graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty, with the purpose of increasing success in the research careers in neuroscience.
Neuronal and Glial Cell Culture workshop.
Caribbean Glial Cell Symposia (CaribeGlia 1-6).
Research competencies refresher, laboratory mathematics, safety and instrumentation given by Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA).
First Aid and CPR courses, American Health Association.
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Laboratory Research- Universidad Central del Caribe. Underlying the molecular mechanisms of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms found on the KCNJ10 gene that encodes for an Inwardly Rectifying Potassium Channel Kir4.1 subunit localized in Brain, Kidney and Cochlea. Mutations in this channel have been associated with human epilepsy.
Laboratory Research- Universidad Central del Caribe. Investigating the participation of PLC γ1 intracellular pathways in the process of glioma cell activation of migration in response to the application of microglia-conditioned media.
Semester Research - Undergraduate Research on the contamination levels of seawater and sand. The purpose of the research was to determine the level of contamination of Candida, since there is no parameter determined by the Environmental Quality Board of this opportunistic fungus.
Semester Research - Undergraduate Research on the quality of tap water and bottled water from different supplies. The purpose was to detect the presence of fecal coliforms and total coliforms due to community concerns. 2009
Professional Work Experience
Antillean Adventist University, Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory Instructor. Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Tasks include: course organization and structuring, student evaluation; leading discussion, quizzes and tests. 2010-2011
Association for the Advancement of Scientific Knowledge (AASK). Non-profit private organization whose primary mission is to provide science education to the community through research, community work, tutoring, summer camps, and mentoring programs. The purpose of AASK is to stimulate the scientific curiosity of young minds in hopes of guiding them towards a career in the scientific field.
` Society for Neuroscience.
American Society for Cell Biology
Outreach and Extracurricular Activities
3rd Puerto Rico Cell Signaling Conference - Poster Competition Judge
Molecular Biology Summer Academy- Camp Director
Pathfinders Curriculum Honor- Facilitator
1st- 6th CaribeGlia Symposium. “Glial interaction and Brain experiments”
13th RCMI International Symposium on Health Disparities
Annual Puerto Rico Neuroscience Conference
Specialized Neuroscience Research Program (SNRP) Seminars
Biochemistry Journal Club
Certificate of Completion Financial Conflict Of Interest
Student Counseling Group at University of Puerto Rico in Aguadilla. Serve the university community and the new admission students on guidance through their college life, problems and future plans.