Student: Jomarys Gonzalez Velazquez
Name: Gonzalez-Velazquez, Jomarys
Hometown: Moca, Puerto Rico
Institution: University of Puerto Rico
Campus: Mayaguez Campus
Rank: Current Position: Graduate Research Assistant
Expected date of graduation: May 2018
Degree: Ph.D in Chemistry
USDA Agency of interest: USDA-ARS Beltsville Maryland
Worked in a research intership under the supervision of Dr. M Laura Lopez at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Campus.
Description of career experience (what I learned):
In this research I worked on literature review on phytoremediation of metals and nanoparticles to develop a experiments in this area. Also I learn how to cultivated the
Rubia plant using the in vitro method; this plant will be used to develop the future experiments.
What is your perception of agriculture now:
Agriculture is essential for humanity so it’s important to preserve it and use the latest technology to clean up contaminated areas.
How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities:
I learned how to cultivate plants using the in vitro method; this technique is useful because plants are obtained in a shorter period of time and allows to obtaining disease-
free plants (fungi, bacteria, viruses and other). Knowledge in these techniques can open doors in the biotechnology research laboratories.
Career and research aspirations:
I aspire to obtain a doctoral degree within the next five years. In ten years I visualize myself working in a university as a professor and mentor, sowing the seeds of
knowledge of science to future professionals.
Bilingual-English/Spanish – computer literate – Office 2010 – interpersonal skills – organized and self starter -proficient in Atomic Absortion – Gas Chromatography – Mass
Spectrometry – High performance liquid chromatography – UV Visible Spectroscopy.
The impact of my career experience:
The reseach experiences will give me the necessary skills to work in the phytoremediation of metals and nanoparticles which is my research field; with this skills and others
that I will become a competent scientist in the near future. These experiences will prepare me to compete in a future work in a research area. My longterm goal is to work as
a professor and a reseach scientist at a univertisty.