Anatomy & Neurobiology

  • Neuronal survival and plasticity. Locomotor behavior of primates. Sex seroids: synaptic physiology to behavior. Macromolecular structure of muscle thick filaments. Circadian visual system. Rhythmic activity in invertebrate nervous systems. Biomechanics and neural control of locomotion. Retinal morphology during aging. Neural basis of aggression in prawns. Craniofacial modeling.
  • Skeletal biology of non-human primates.


  • Molecular and genetic alterations in disease. Biochemistry of proteins. Protein structure/function relationships. Biochemical toxicology. Molecular and cell biology. Biochemistry of complex carbohydrates. Aging and oxidative stress. Ocular biochemistry. Clinical biochemistry. Analitical biochemistry. Biochemical pharmacology.
  • Interactions between nutrition and disease.

Microbiology and Medical Zoology

  • Vaccine and antiviral studies. Immune responses and immunopathology in HIV infection. Medical parasitology. Hybridoma and monoclonal antibody techniques. Molecular parasitology: mechanisms of drug resistance in malaria. Allergies. Fungal dimorphism models for cellular differentiation. Microbial genetics. Fungal pathogenesis and host defenses in cryptococcosis. Apoptosis. Medical, molecular and environmental bacteriology. Neuroaids.
  • Molecular biology.

Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • Intracellular communications: variation in junctional permeability. Chemical carcinogenesis and biomarkers. Molecular genetics of head and neck cancer. Neuropsychopharmacology. Glomerular cell function in pathological states. Computer simulations of dynamic system, including pharmacokinetics, chronic HIV, and epidemiology of infections diseases such as measles and dengue.
  • Sodium pump expression and function in pathological states.


  • Vascular alterations in heart failure, diabetes, and hypertension. Airway smooth muscle physiology and asthma. Nervous system development and glia cells caveolae Sex differences in addictive behavior. Nerve regeneration after spinal cord injury. Genetic and molecular basis of exercise. Cell signaling and membrane transport.
  • Development of renal function.


  • The Institute of Neurobiology and the Caribbean Primate Research Center are research facilities of the Medical Sciences Campus where graduate students can pursue additional research interests.
  • The Intercampus Ph.D. Program in Biology opens to graduate students in the Medical Sciences Campus, all the research interests of the Department of Biology at the UPR, Río Piedras Campus.