WHO WE ARE

NIEF is a core research facility that provides specialized technical services and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation in confocal microscopy and electrophysiology to support the innovation and discoveries of the scientific community in Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

HISTORY

In 2013, NIEF was founded as a core research facility to provide resources necessary to support the research objectives of the COBRE Center for Neuroplasticity at the University of Puerto Rico and consolidate the research imaging facilities at the UPR-Río Piedras Biology and UPR-Institute of Neurobiology. In November 2014, the University of Puerto Rico formalized a strategic partnership of collaboration with Nikon Instruments to establish a Nikon Center of Excellence in the NIEF to strengthen services in microscopy. Currently, NIEF is being financially supported by an institutional development award (NIH-NIGMS grant P20GM103642) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, institutional funds from the University of Puerto Rico, and user fees.

MISSION

To serve the academia and industry in Puerto Rican, Latin American, and the Caribbean by providing cutting-edge technologies and scientific resources in confocal microscopy and electrophysiology.

VISION

To increase the innovative research in Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the Caribbean through our technical service in confocal microscopy and electrophysiology. We are committed to offering advanced equipment and solutions into your scientific research needs.

VALUES

At the NIEF, we are dedicated to deliver a service of excellence and provide high-end technology in confocal microscopy and electrophysiology to support our common purpose of advancing science through research technical services. Through our values of Commitment, Quality, Ethics, Collaboration, and Accountability we strive to create a research-based environment where everyone contributes in increasing the innovative research and discoveries in Puerto Rico, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

  • COMMITMENT:
    We are focused on advancing the science through the incorporation of high-end technology, collaboration, and partnership.
  • QUALITY:
    To serve with striving and devotion, it is our firm commitment.
  • ETHICS:
    We do not stop in applying the highest ethical standards to our services.
  • COLLABORATION :
    We constantly seek to establish enduring relationships that mutually achieve shared objectives.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY:
    We are strictly accountable for each research project.

PERSONNEL

Jose-Lasalde

Dr. José A. Lasalde Dominicci is the Program Director of the COBRE Center for Neuroplasticity at the University of Puerto Rico and a Professor of Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. His research is focused on: (1) the structure function relationships of nicotinic receptors, (2), the role of lipid-protein interaction on acetylcholine receptor function, (3) the question of how genetically abnormal ion channels…
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Mark W Miller PhD

Dr. Mark W. Miller is the Associate Director of the COBRE Center for Neuroplasticity at the University of Puerto Rico and a Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. His research is focused on understanding the structure and function of neural circuits involved in the central pattern generators (CPGs) and control of motor …
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Manuel E Diaz Rios PhD

Dr. Manuel E. Díaz Ríos is the Director of the Neuroimaging and Electrophysiology Facility and a Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus. His research is focused on assessing the role of sensory feedback networks after a spinal cord injury (SCI) and the role of spinal networks and its component neurons in the control of locomotion…
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José D. Otero Cruz, Ph.D., MPharBE

Dr. José D. Otero Cruz is the Manager of the Neuroimaging and Electrophysiology Facility and an Associate Scientist at the UPR Molecular Sciences Research Center. He is interested in the development of biosensor-based bioassays to evaluate the drug’s proarrhythmic liability and to study the cardiac arrhythmias induced by cancer chemotherapeutic drugs…
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Lcdo. Bismark A. Madera

Lcdo. Bismark A. Madera Soto is the Microscopy Specialist of the Neuroimaging and Electrophysiology Facility and a Medical Laboratory Scientist. He focuses his efforts on providing help and training to students through microscopy and immunofluorescent assays. He finds great satisfaction on strengthen student’s skills for their next academic…
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Héctor G. Marrero Hernández, Ph.D.

Dr. Héctor G. Marrero Hernández is the Electrophysiology Specialist of the Neuroimaging and Electrophysiology Facility and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Institute of Neurobiology. He is interested to study biological mechanisms at the molecular level and to establish and develop state-of-the-art techniques for, more specifically, the study of molecular…
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Paola Mendez De Jesus

Ms. Paola Méndez De Jesús is the Laboratory Technician of the Neuroimaging and Electrophysiology Facility and oversees the tissue culture facility at the Institute of Neurobiology. She focuses her efforts on providing help and training to students through immunohistochemistry assay and confocal microscopy…
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