Through excellence in cancer research, education, and community engagement, the Partnership between the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to reduce health disparities derived from infection-driven malignancies in Texas and Puerto Rico, and increase the number of Hispanics pursuing careers in cancer research.

Contacts

PMB 371 PO Box 70344 San Juan, PR 00936-8344

uprmdacc@upr.edu

(787)-772-8300 Exts. (1119, 1150)

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LEADERS TEAM
UPR Principal Investigators

Brad R. Weiner, PhD
Professor, Department of Chemistry

University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras
Campus
Reynold Lopez-Enriquez, MD
Professor of General Surgery, School of Medicine

University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

Ana Patricia Ortiz, MPH, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus

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MDACC Principal Investigators

Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD
Associate Vice President, Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion
Professor in Cancer Research, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Sharon Giordano, MD, MPH
Department Chair, Department of Health Services Research
Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center
Cullen M. Taniguchi, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology
Division of Radiation Oncology University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
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Administrative Core

Evelyn Rivera, (UPR)
Administrative Director
Sherri De Jesus, MHA, MA, (MDACC)
Associate Director
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Support Cores

Co-leader: Luis R. Pericchi, PhD (UPR)
Professor, Department of Mathematics
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Co-leader: Xuelin Huang, PhD (MDACC)
Professor, Department of Biostatistics
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Investigator: Humberto Ortiz-Zuazaga, PhD (UPR)
Associate Professor, Department of computer Science
Unversity of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Investigator: María Egleé Pérez, PhD (UPR)
Professor, Department of Mathematics
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus
Investigator: Josué Pérez-Santiago, PhD (UPRCCC)
Assistant Profesor
University of Puerto Rico, Comprehensive Cancer Center
Investigator: Xiaoping Su, PhD (MDACC)
Professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Coordinator: Karina Y. Miranda, MPH (UPR)
Coordinator: Graciela Nogueras, MPH (MDACC)
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Support Cores

Coordinator: Maria del Mar Gonzalez-Pons, PhD (UPRCCC)
Assistant Professor
University of Puerto Rico, Comprehensive Cancer Center
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Research Education Core

Co-leader: Elizabeth L. Travis, PhD (MDACC) Travis, PhD (MDACC)
Associate Vice President, Women and Minority Faculty Inclusion
Professor in Cancer Research, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Co-leader: Reynold Lopez-Enriquez, MD (UPR)
Professor of General Surgery, School of Medicine University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
Program Director: Ilka Rios, DMD, MS (UPR)
Professor, School of Dental Medicine University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus
Coordinator : Yomarie Santiago, (UPR)
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Planning and Evaluation Core

Co-leader: Brad R. Weiner, PhD (UPR)
Professor, Department of Chemistry University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras Campus
Co-leader: Cullen M. Taniguchi, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology Division of Radiation Oncology University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Coordinator: Sherri de Jesus, MHA, MA, (MDACC)
Senior Evaluator: Mirza Rivera, MS, MT (UPR)
Senior Evaluator: Lizbeth Medina, MS (UPR)
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Outreach

Co-leader: Vivian Colon, PhD (UPR)
Professor, Department of Health Services Administration, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
Co-leader: Maria Fernandez, PhD (UT-SPH)
Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences University of Texas Health Science Center
Community Health Educator (CHE): Yara Sanchez, (UPR)
Coordinator: Ileska Valencia, PhD (UPRCCC)
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Research Full project 1: Penile cancer/HPV

Co-leader: Magaly Martinez, PhD (UPR)
Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
Co-leader: Curtis Pettaway, MD (MDACC)
Professor, Department of Urology Division of Surgery The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Investigator: Xin Lu, PhD (Univ Notredame)
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Research Full project 2: Anal cancer/ HIV

Co-leader: Ana Patricia Ortiz, MPH, PhD (UPR)
Co-leader: Ashish Deshmukh, PhD, MPH (UT-SPH)
Investigator: Karen Ortiz, MA, MPH, DrPH (UPRCCC)
Investigator: Vivian Colon (UPR)
Coordinator: Jeslie Ramos, MS (UPR)
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Research Pilot Project: Gastric cancer/Virotherapy

Co-leader: Filipa Godoy, PhD (UPR)
Co-leader: Candelaria Gomez, MD (MDACC)