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Student: Abner E. Mercado Arocho

Name: Mercado-Arocho, Abner E.

Hometown: San Sebastián, Puerto Rico

Institution: University of Puerto Rico

Campus: Aguadilla Campus

Rank: B.S.

Major: Biology (Biomedical Sciences)

Expected date of graduation: May 2014

Degree: B.S in Biology (Biomedical Sciences)

USDA Agency of interest: CETARS (University of Puerto Rico-Aguadilla)



Career cxperience/location:

Worked as a mentor in the mentorship component of the CETARS program at the Univeristy of Puerto Rico- Aguadilla.


Description of career experience (what I learned):

As a mentor, I served as a role model and offered academic/personal advice to four protégés. Through the mentorship program I have learned to convey ideas more

efficiently and to develop leadership skills. I’ve also learned many things from the perspectives and ideas of my protégés.


What is your perception of agriculture now:

Agriculture is necessary to enhance and sustain human life. We must generate knowledge in order to improve current agricultural methods or come up with new ones in

response to the needs of humanity now and in a not so distant future.


How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities:

I’ve developed and enhanced my leadership skills as well as my efficiency in communicating ideas and educating others.


Career and research aspirations:

I aspire to graduate with honors from the Biology (Biomedical Sciences) program of the UPR-Aguadilla and pursue an MD degree in the field of cardiology. I also hope to

carry out research in this particular field and to communicate my findings with peers and the general public.


Skill Set:

Bilingual (Spanish/English)-Mentor-Leadership-Western Blotting-Nuclear Fractionation-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis-Agarose Gel Electrophoresis-Calcium Imaging-

Spectrophotometry-NIS-Elements Advanced Research software-Confocal Dissection and Fluorescent Microscopy-BSA Assay-Cell Lysing Techniques (hypotonic, enzymatic,

sonification)-PCR-Ligation Techniques-Determination of DNA and Protein Concentrations-Serial Dilutions-Stock Solution Preparation-Transformation Techniques-Stock

Maintenance-Protein Isolation-Protein Precipitation(Acetone)-Clonal Expansion-Centrifugation-Titration- Bacterial Culturing-Biochemical Characterization-2D Tissue

Culture-3D Tissue Culture-Fura-2 AM and Texas Red Staining- Bulk Tissue Staining-ELISA-Immunochromatography-Immunoprecipitation- Dialysis-Medium Preparation.


The impact of my career experience:

The mentorship experience in the CETARS program has broadened my skill set and will help me achieve my educational and professional goals. I served as a role model

and offered academic and personal advice to four students majoring in Biology (Biomedical Sciences). These experiences will help me improve personal and professional

aspects of my life. I’ve been able to build strong networks with my peers and showed that I’m highly motivated and willing to help my colleagues.

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