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Carlos Ríos Velázquez

Educación: Full Professor, 2001 PostDoc NIH; Ph.D., 2000, UW-Madison, 1993 M.S. Biol, 1989 BS Indus. Microbiol. & Lic. Sec. Educ,UPR-M;
Especialidad: Microbiología
Oficina: B-267, B-266
Tel: 787-832-4040 ext. 2874, 3944
Curriculum Vitae
GeMS of Puerto Rican Soils
Intereses de Educación
We have performed educational research, based on the development of novel strategies to engage students into research as well as generating or design activities to teach and active involve students in emerging disciplines such as GeoMicrobiology, Metagenomics, and Synthetic Biology among others. We have recently been involved in bringing seconday school into our classroom at the University and vice-versa by adopting schools in the area and allowing the students in the class to generate manipulatives that can serve of educational tools at the school, while the college students apply what they have learned in class. Also, and collaborating by the University Institute to Community Development, we are bringing science and STEAM activities to the community.
Intereses de Investigación
Our research laboratory is focused on Microbial Biotechnology and Bioprospecting. In order to isolate, characterize and manipulate microbes with biotechnological potential, we specially use microbiology, molecular biology, and biochemical approaches. We are also involved in generating metagenomic libraries from tropical habitats, searching for novel microbial groups and enzymatic activities of medical and industrial applications. The lab expertise range from the used of genetic engineering tools for DNA isolation, manipulation, and analysis, to the used of functional proteomics technologies such as phage display for the development of bioindicators. The majority of the research projects in our lab will generate nucleic acids of some sort (genes), and metabolites that will require the in silico analysis
Reconocimientos Recientes ( Ver Últimos 5 )
Jun 1, 2017, ASM MICROBE Minority Travel Award, American Society for Microbiology competitive travel award which encourages increased participation of underrepresented minority groups (URM) in the ASM Microbe 2017. ASM select among faculty, post-doctoral scholars or graduate students from URM groups in the microbiological sciences or faculty from Minority Serving Institutions.
Abr 28, 2016, Podcast at Talento Escondido, A podcast based on the first printed poetry book Barricadas vivencias. Can be accessed at: http://www.jyestudio.com/talentoescondido/poesia/desdelaventana/
Jan 15, 2016, Distinguished Playero, Recognized as one of the "Distinguished Playeros" at the Vegigantes Carnival at La Playa de Ponce.
Oct 31, 2015, Distinguished Scientist Award, Society for the Advancement of Latinos in Science (SACNAS) Award as part of the The National Diversity in STEM Conference, Washingtoon D.C
Sep 30, 2015, One of the “Faces of Bioscience in Puerto Rico”, Awarded by INDUNIV & PR BioAlliance – Bio Week Annual Event
Jul 4, 2015, Aires de cambio virtual poetry book, Publication of "aires de cambio" virtual poetry book. Can be accessed at: http://issuu.com/amarisw04/docs/libro_virtual_carlos_rios_velazquez?e=1699030/13979027
May 24, 2012, Dr. Arturo L. Carrión Award, Given by the Puerto Rico Microbiology Society. Distinguishing the humanism, integrity, and passion for the profession, as well as the contribution for research in the Microbiology Field, and education in science at all levels.
Sep 17, 2009, MERCK Health Innovation Award 2009, Category of Education, as Adjunt member of the University Institute for the Community Development. "Vinculando la educación y el servicio comunitario en equipo hacia la autogestión"
Mar 22, 2009, Premio Herminio Lugo Lugo, Awarded by the Beta Beta Beta Honor Society distinguing the research, the education, and the promotion of scientific activity among the students as well as bringing support to the Tribetas
Publicaciones Recientes ( Ver Últimas 5 )
Rodriguez-Nuñez K.M, J. M. Rullan-Cardecand C. Rios-Velazquez. 2017. The metagenome of bromeliads phytotelma in Puerto Rico. Data in brief. Vol 16. 19-22p. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2017.10.065
Padilla-Del Valle R., L.R. Morales-Vale and C. Rios-Velazquez. 2017. Unraveling the microbial and funtional diversity of Coamo thermal spring in Puerto Rico using metagenomic library generation and shotgun seuquencing. Genomics Data. 11, 98-101.
Castellanos J, Rios-Velazquez C, Morales F, Miranda-Berrocales V, Liquet-Gonzalez J, Cortez I, Padilla, R, Vega-Olivencia CA, & Hernández-Rivera PA. 2016. Cyclic voltammetry as a screening tool for the fungal degradation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene in aqueous media. International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry. 96 (10) 978–989.
Cardona-Correa A., and C. Rios-Velazquez. 2016. Profiling lethal factor interacting proteins from human stomach using T7 phage display screening. Molecular Medicine Reports. 13:3797-3804. DOI: 10.3892/mmr.2016.5031.
Padilla-Jiménez, A.C; W. Ortiz-Rivera; C. Rios-Velazquez; I. Vazquez-Ayala, and S.P. Hernández-Rivera. 2014. Detection and discrimination of microorganisms on various substrates with quantum cascade laser spectroscopy. Optical Engineering 53(6), 061611-01 – 061611-10.
Ríos-Velázquez, C., W. J. Frey, E. Jaramillo-Giraldo, and M. Echeverry-Solarte. 2013. Accepting the Likelihood of Ambiguity and Disagreement on Moral Matters. Transitioning into the “Gray World”. Teaching Ethics. 13:55-72. DOI: 10.5840/tej20131324.
Padilla-Jiménez A.C., Ortiz-Rivera W., Castro-Suarez J.R., Ríos-Velázquez C., Vázquez-Ayala I., Hernández-Rivera S.P. 2013. Microorganisms Detection on Substrates using QCL Spectroscopy. Proc SPIE. 8710:871019-1 – 871019-12.
Rios-Velazquez, C., L.L. Williamson, K.A. Cloud-Hansen, H.K. Allen, M.D. McMahon, Z.L. Sabree, J.J. Donato, and J. Handelsman. 2011. Summer workshop in metagenomics: one week plus eight students equals gigabases of cloned DNA. Journal of Microbiology Biology Education. DOI: 10.1128/jmbe.v12i2.177.
Hilsamar Félix-Rivera , Roxannie González, Gabriela Del Mar Rodríguez, Oliva M. Primera-Pedrozo, Carlos Ríos-Velázquez, and Samuel P. Hernández-Rivera, “Improving SERS Detection of Bacillus thuringiensis Using Silver Nanoparticles Reduced with Hydroxylamine and with Citrate Capped Borohydride,” International Journal of Spectroscopy, vol. 2011, Article ID 989504, 9 pages, 2011. doi:10.1155/2011/989504
Brodie EL, Joyner DC, Faybishenko B, Conrad ME, Rios-Velazquez C, Malave J, Martinez R, Mork B, Willett A, Koenigsberg S, Herman DJ, Firestone MK, Hazen TC.Chemosphere. 2011 Microbial community response to addition of polylactate compounds to stimulate hexavalent chromium reduction in groundwater. 85(4):660-5. Epub 2011 Aug 27. PMID:21872904
Torres-Zapata, I., A. Gonzalez-Montalvo, C. Castro-Ruiz and C. Rios-Velazquez. 2011. Generation of large insert metagenomic libraries using indirect DNA extraction methods from benthic and ephemeral tropical hypersaline microbial mats. Current Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. Vol. 2 (2), 1569-1575.
Soto-Feliciano, K., M. De Jesús, J. Vega- Sepúlveda and C. Ríos-Velázquez. 2011. Isolation and characterization of purple non-sulfur anoxyphototropic bacteria from two microecosystems: tropical hypersaline microbial mats and bromeliads phytotelmata. . Current Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. Vol. 1 (2), 109-116.
Malave-Orengo, J., E. N. Rubio-Marrero and C. Rios-Velazquez. 2011. Isolation and characterization of bioluminescent bacteria from marine environments of Puerto Rico. Current Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. Vol. 1 (2),103-108.
Malave-Orengo, J., S. E. Borglin, T. C. Hazen and C. Rios-Velazquez. 2011. A modified cell extraction method to access microbial community structure in soil samples by phospholipid fatty acid analysis. Current Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. Vol. 2 (2), 1562-1568.
Cruz, J.M., M. A. Ortega, J. C. Cruz, P. Ondina, R. Santiago, and Carlos Ríos-Velázquez. 2011. Unraveling activities by functional-based approaches using metagenomic libraries from dry and rain forest soils in Puerto Rico. Current Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. Vol. 2 (2), 1471-1478.
Cardona-Cardona, V., D. Arroyo, J. Schellekens and C. Rios-Velazquez. 2011. Characterization of blue pigmented bacteria isolated from Puerto Rico. Current Research, Technology and Education Topics in Applied Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. Vol. 1 (2), 117-123.
Loperana-Alvarez Y, Ren P, Li X, Bopp DJ, Ruiz A, Chaturvedi V, Rios-Velazquez C. 2010. Genotypic characteriza- tion of environmental isolates of Cryptococcus gattii from Puerto Rico. Mycopathologia. DOI:10.1007/s11046-010-9296-3
Maria F. Rojas-Duran, Rebecca Vazquez and Carlos Rios-Velazquez. 2009. Molecular and Morphological Characterization of Rhodobacter sphaeroides Bacteriophages from Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal Science. 54(1).
Isenbargar, T. A., Finney, M., Rios-Velazquez, C., Handelsman, J., and Ruvkun, G. 2008. Miniprimer PCR, a New Lens for Viewing the Microbial World. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74(3): 840-849.
Roger Valle-Molinares, Sonia Borges, Carlos Ríos-Velázquez. 2007. Characterization of possible endosymbionts in Onychochaeta borincana (Annelida: Glossoscolecidae). European Journal of Soil Biology. 43:14-18.
Luna-Pineda Tatiana; Soto Feliciano Kristina; De la Cruz-Montoya Edwin; Londono Leonardo C. ; Rios-Velazquez Carlos; HERNANDEZ-RIVERA Samuel P. 2007. Spectroscopic characterization of biological agents using FTIR, normal Raman and surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopies. Chemical and Biological Sensing VIII, Proceedings Vol. 6554.
Rios-Velazquez, C., L. Casillas-Martinez and P., T., Visscher. 2007. Learning Geomicrobiology as a team using microbial mats, a multidisciplinary approach. Journal of Biology and Microbiology Education Vol 8: 28 - 35.
ios-Velazquez, C. “Constructing knowledge” actively in Bacterial genetics Using Synthetic Biology. 2006. Focus on Microbiology Education (FOME). Vol 13, 1: 10-12.
Rios-Velazquez, C., R. Robles-Suarez, A.J. Gonzalez-Negron, and I. Baez-Santos. 2006. The Delta Cooperative Model: a Dynamic and Innovative Team-Work Activity to Develop Research Skills in Microbiology. Microbiology Education.7:20-27.
Lopez G.J., and C. Rios-Velazquez. 2005. A non-toxic Scanning Electron Microscopy Method to Study the Reproductive Structures of Agaricales Using Simple Fixation in the Field. Caribbean Journal Science. 41:857-860.
Rios Velazquez, C., Coller R., and T.J. Donohue 2003. Features of Rhodobacter sphaeroides CcmFH. Journal of Bacteriology. 185:2: 422-431.
Buxeda, R. J, L. Saliceti, C. Ríos-Velazquez, D. Ramírez and R. Romanach, 2003. Industrial Biotechnology at Puerto Rico, Dimension, Vol. 3, p. 13-19.
Rios Velazquez, C., R. Cox, and T.J. Donohue. 2001. Characterization of Rhodobacter sphaeroides cytochrome c2 proteins with altered heme attachment sites. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. 389: 234-244.
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