Student: Joaris Soto Hernández
Name: Soto Hernández, Joaris
Hometown: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Institution: University of Puerto Rico
Campus: Aguadilla Campus
Expected date of graduation: May 2014
USDA Agency of interest: USDA-ARS
Worked in a research internship named SMART, a program at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Texas, under Dr. David Moore.
Description of career experience (what I learned):
I worked studying nuclear receptor CAR. We wanted to find out if endocrine disrupter xenobiotic DEHP activated CAR in mice testes . QPCR and western blot were
performed for CAR target. In the future, CAR will be knocked down in the cell lines to determine leydig cell function when CAR is lost.
What is your perception of agriculture now:
Our planet is going through a lot of changes that are affecting the human species and other variety of species. As the time passes, investigators have found higher
concentrations of this xenobiotic, DEHP, being exposed to the humanity. We should keep investigating why and how this is happening and what modifications are needed to
be done so that agriculture doesn’t get affected by this problem. We must learn the latest technological advances to increase agricultural harvest and products to feed the
human population with food that is not contaminated with this molecule.
How has this career experience broadened your employment opportunities:
I learned how to improve my ability to use cellular biology techniques such as QPCR, SDS-PAGE, western blot, cell line treatment and the instruments required for these
Career and research aspirations:
I aspire to accomplish a PhD in Cellular Biology related to endocrinology.
– Bilingual–English/Spanish – Cellular Biology Techniques – DNA Extraction- RNA isolation- PCR-
QPCR- Wesetern Blot- Gel electrophoresis – Cell Treatment – Microscopy – Leadership skills – Microsoft Word
The impact of my career experience:
My research experience at Baylor College of Medicine helped me grow more as a person professionally. They gave me the neccesary instruments and skills to enhance my
knowledge in acquiring and analyzing new data, helping me become a proficient scientist for future investigations. Thanks to this opportunity I worked with laboratory
machinery and performed specialized techniques that I hadn’t used before or are not available at our institutions. I had the chance to treat mice and cancer cells. This
research internship gave me the motivation and the desire to keep investigating.