Research Interests: 

Our research interest revolves around Phthalates in Airbone Particulate Matter in the Puerto Rican environment and their possible Health Effects. It has been reported that Phthalates are found in tires and consequently can become a part of ambient PM. It is estimated that there are about 3 million vehicles in PR and about 1.5 million in the metropolitan area. Recent findings in our lab show the presence of Phthalates in urban and at rural sites. We are interested in the detection and the biochemical pathways associated with these endocrine disruptors. Phthalates are known to produce Reactive oxygen Species (ROS). We are interested in studying molecules associated with these pathways and evaluating possible structures activity differences between them.

ROS pathway through the Nrf2 transfactor


B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus (2010) major in Chemistry.

Poster presentation:

E. Fuentes-Mattei, D. Sánchez-Rivera, M.G. Ortiz-Martínez, N.E. Crespo-Hernández, A. Gioda, F.R. Román-Velázquez and B.D. Jiménez-Vélez. “Association of Copper to Immunological Markers resulting from Exposure to Polar Organic Extracts from Airborne Particulate Matter (PM2.5) from Puerto Rico in BEAS-2B Cells”. 49th SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo. Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT. Mar, 2010.

Interest & Hobbies:

Youth leader at IWG, Photography, Computer Sciences, Sports and Guitar player.

Comunicado de Prensa:

“El aire que respiramos- un estudio colaborativo entre el RCM y la EEA | Estación Experimental Agrícola”