Dr. Villares teaches a wide array of upper and lower division courses including Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology, Basic Lab Techniques in Biology, Physiology, Comparative Anatomy and lab, Research Methods in Biological Investigations, and Cancer Biology. His research focus is on cancer biology, specifically looking at the molecular mechanisms of melanoma metastasis. Dr. Villares collaborates with MD Anderson Cancer Center looking at the effects of specific microRNAs that potentially regulate genes known to be involved in melanoma progression. He also collaborates with Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico to identify pro-inflammatory cytokines in the tumor microenvironment triggered by adrenergic stimulation (release of stress hormones) that may increase melanoma progression and metastasis.
Doctor of Philosophy - Cancer Biology - University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2009)
Bachelor of Science - Biology - Saint Michael's College (1999)
Honors and Awards
Fellowship - Bob Smith Research Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2004-2008
Honor - Minority Scholar Award in Cancer Research, American Association of Cancer Research, 2007-2009
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