Kinesis Scholar Carlos I. Ayala, is one step closer to fulfilling his dream of becoming a science specialist. The Toa Baja resident is in his last year of a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus (RUM). It is part of the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program, which provides the opportunity to do biomedical research and a specialized scientific curriculum that helps students be more competitive for doctoral programs in the biomedical sciences.

During the 2019-20 academic year, Ayala participated in various beneficial activities for his personal, academic, and scientific development. In November 2019, he attended his first national biomedical science conference, ABRCMS 2019, where he presented his research on natural products. In addition, in January of this year, he participated in a workshop on quantitative methods in Biology offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to learn how to use different computational models to analyze research data in the field of Biology.

Finally, during the summer he was working in a biomedical research laboratory as part of the Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) at the University of Pennsylvania (UPENN), where he was analyzing scientific literature and participating in different conferences aimed at professional and academic development.

“Now starting my last year of college, I will be applying for biomedical research programs and doing research for one or two years and then applying for an MD / Ph.D. program, which is my greatest academic aspiration so far,” Carlos said.

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