My name is Mercedes Adeyaset Quintana and I am a senior at San Diego State University (SDSU); pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry.
Since young I have been fascinated to understand how life works. It was not until I was twelve, when my father was diagnosed with a genetically acquired cardiovascular disease, that my fascination became an interest in the functions of the body on a molecular level, as well as for research and experimentation in the sciences. As an adult, my research interests lie in the chemical processes that biological molecules, such as proteins, undergo. My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. degree in biochemistry, and later perform scientific research to investigate the signal transduction pathways that regulate cells during development and cancer.
My initial exposure to research began in January of 2011, when I joined the laboratory Dr. Mark Sussman at SDSU as an undergraduate research assistant. In his laboratory I assisted in the investigation of Fibronectin in the development and proliferation of cardiac progenitor cells after a myocardial infarction. Through our investigation, we found that Fibronectin was essential for the endogenous cardiac progenitor cell (CPC) expansion and repair needed for the stabilization of cardiac function after a myocardial infarction through the β1-Integrin-FAK-Stat3-Pim1 cell signaling.Our investigation has been recently published in the Circulation Research Journal (10.1161/CIRCRESAHA).I was then fortunate to participate UT Southwestern Medical Center Research Fellowship (SURF) in Dallas, Texas. Through the program I was able to work with Dr. Potts understanding the role of type I melanoma antigen (MAGE) proteins, protein antigens that are normally expressed in germline and trophoblast cell lineages, but are aberrantly expressed in various human cancers, in spermatogenesis.Currently, I am conducting my senior research project in the laboratory of Dr. Peter van der Geer, investigating the role of UBASH3B (ubiquitin associated and SH3 domain containing B) protein in receptor protein tyrosine kinase signaling of the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) receptor.
This Fall I will continue to further my studies in the doctoral program of Cellular Regulation at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. I am excited for what the future might bring and the opportunity to perform research at a graduate level. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Throughout this website you will find details about my research experience, education, awards and honors, and my contact information. Thank you for your interest, and again welcome!