Former Biology Students Follow Up

Former Biology Students Follow Up

2015

Lizbeth Contreras (2015) has been working in the medical field in several institutions in Texas and Florida. She plans to start a career in teaching.

Isaac Bailon (2015) studying theology in Boston.

Cynthia Bueno (2015) is doing PA school at UTRGV.

Edgar Serrato (2015) planning to start medicine.

Raúl Díaz De Leon (2015) in Medical School in San Antonio (UTHSC), Texas.

Efrain Rodríguez (2015) in Medical School in UT-branch McGovern Medical School in Houston.

Ivan González (2015) in Dental School in Houston.

2013

Mark González (2013) has been accepted into Medical School in the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX.  He will start in August 2013.

2012

Jasenia López (2012) now working as a psychiatric nursing assistant at the Rio Grande State Center.  Planning to become a Medical Technologist.

Kenny Nieto (2012) graduated in medical school in Houston (Texas).

Rubi E. Perez (2012) studying dentistry in Houston, Texas.

Roberto Benavides Jr. (2012) studying dentistry in Houston, Texas.

Marshall Gillete (2012) will continue studies in Orthopedy.

Cynthia Cantu (2012) studies medicine in UNT, Texas.

2011

Salvador Muñoz (2011) has graduated in Medicine in Guadalajara (Mexico).  He plans to practice in the Rio Grande Valley in the near future.

Jessica Marie Montemayor (2011) now at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital working as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Plans to enroll in the Physician Assistance Studies Program at UTPA.

Roberto Olivares (2011) graduated in dentistry in  the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Ashley Bose (2011) finished medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Carlos Garza (2011) graduated in medicine from UT San Antonio.

Nathaniel de la Cruz (2011) graduated in medicine in Galveston, Texas.

Laura Mendiola (2011) is now pursuing a career in the Physician Assistant Program at UTPA.

Rebecca Andrade (2011) graduated in dentistry in San Antoniio (Texas).

Mayra Fuentes (2011) finished dentistry in San Antonio (Texas).

Thalia Salinas (2011) finished medical school at Baylor.

Keyla Garza (2011) graduated in medicine at Baylor.

Benjamin Mendez (2011) finished medicine in Galveston (Texas)

Alison Saenz (2011) finished pharmacy school.

Carina Salinas (2011) finished pharmacy in UT-Austin.

Kareena Garza (2011) finished the physician assistant program at UTPA.

2010

Laura Fonseca (2010) finished medicine in Galveston (Texas).

Julian Velez (2010) studies medicine in Galveston (Texas).

Ricardo Franco (2010) studies medicine in Lubbock (Texas).

Fielfer Murga (2010) finished dentistry at Baylor University.

Jose 'Ned' Mesa (2010) finishing dentistry in Baylor.

Carrillo, Hector (2010) was preparing for a nursing career in San Antonio.

Joshua Betancourt (2010) finished medicine in the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (Mexico).

Guillette, Marshall (2010) now at the University of Texas Health Science Center pursuing a Master's degree in Medical Science.

Ortiz, Angel (2010) joined the Rio Grande High School as a science teacher since September 2010.

Gonzalez, Camilo (2010) now pursuing a career in Medicine in Galveston, TX.

2009

Alanis, Mario (2009) currently working as a Quality Specialist at Qualtex Laboratories.  He plans to start a career in Clinical Sciences.

2008

Claudia Tamez (2008) is currently pursuing a master's in biology at the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, working on the largest estuarine restoration project in the nation under Dr. David Hicks.

Flores, Lisa (2008) is currently teaching biology in Laredo (TX) and is pursuing a masters in psychology at Texas A&M International University in Laredo.

Robles, Barbara (2008) studying medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (TX).

Zapata, Tony (2008) studying medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (TX).

Sanchez, Eduardo (2008) studying medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (TX)

Garcia, Joshua (2008) studying medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (TX).

Patel, Roshni (2008) studying medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (TX).

Loria, Hilda (2008) studying medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (TX).

Rubenstein, Tiffany (2008) studying medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Garcia, David (2008) studying medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (TX).

Ortiz, Orlando (2008) studying medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (TX).

Assefaw, Aaron (2008) studying medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (TX).

Leslie Morales (Now Leslie Castro) (2009) obtained a degree in Curriculum Instruction and Assessment.  Teaches Chemistry and Physics at Donna High School.

2007

Verdusco, Rene (2007) is currently studying pharmacy at the University of Texas in Austin.

Uribe, Jose (2007) works as a park naturalist at Texas Parks and Wildlife at the Stero Llano Grande State Park in Weslaco, Texas..

Abreu, Yirsa (2007) accepted in the Physician Assistant Program at UTPA in August 2010.

Bernal, Carlos (2007) works as an assistant manager for Jos A Bank Clothiers in McAllen, TX.  Plan to join graduate school.

2006

José Zamora (2006), woks as a nurse at Molina Health Care in McAllen, TX.

Carpenter, Elizabeth (2006) is applying for the Physician Assistant Program. Plans to get married with Andrew Gonzalez in the near future.

Anyssa Hesbrook (2006) plans to enroll in the master program of biology at our department.

Magaly Salinas (2006) is doing her masters in the Chemistry Department with Dr. N. Bhat. She is also a TA in General Chemistry and is in charge of three lab sessions.

Linda López (2006) is enrolled as a medical student at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas. Happy to have successfully finished her first year.

Javier Garza (2006) has been admitted as a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Medicine at LSU. He plans to conduct research in parasitology.

2005

Jorge Castilo (2005) now practicing dentistry at Dr. Pablo Tagle Dental Center located at 2215 Fern Avenue, McAllen, Texas.

Martin Gonzalez (2005) graduate in respiratory therapy at UTMB in August 2007. Now working at Renaissance Doctors Hospital and at Mission Regional Medical Center in Edinburg and Mission, respectively.

Deneb de Luna (2005) is currently enrolled as a graduate student of cell and molecular biology at the University of Rhode Island. She is planning to take a career in medicine at American University of Antigua.

Bertha Salinas (2005) is the owner and manager of Dali Coffee House at 700 Dove, McAllen, Texas.

Amanda Willford (2005) currently enrolled in Veterinary Medicine at Texas A& M University in College Statio. Plans to graduate in 2009 and will specialize in orthopedic surgery.

Elizabet Willford (2005) has completed her 3rd year of medicine at UTMB in Galveston, TX. She is planning to specialize in geriatrics and return to the Rio Grande Valley.

Salvador Mendez (2005) now a physician assistant to Dr. Salvador J. Mendez at 1421 N. Col Rowe Blvd, in McAllen, Texas.

2004

Noel C. Sánchez (2004) is currently a student at the UTMB in Galveston, TX.

De La Garza, Ariana (2004), Physician Assistant, currently working as a Tutor at Veterans Memorial High School (Mission, TX). She plans to continue her education into Public Health Administration.

Laura Rubinos (2004) is currently at Stanford University School of Medicine under a 1 year fellowship to work on cardiovascular research. Upon completion of this present fellowship, she will return to Baylor College of Medicine (Houston) to complete her medical studies.

2003

Joseph Archer (2003) studying medicine in Universidad del Valle de Mexico in Reynosa. Plans to graduate in 2012.

Edith Reyes (now Peña) (2003) graduate in dentistry in May 2008 in San Antonio. She will open her office in San Antonio.

Saba Ahmed (2003) student of dentistry at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas.

Reshma A. Lahianni (2003) studying medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Juan Cano (2003) involved in marble and granite. His business "International Company of Marble" (Tel. 956-522-8843) is located in San Juan, TX.

Laura Domínguez (2003) student of medicine at UTMB at Galveston, Texas.

Verónica Grimaldo (2003) married and lives in Tucson, Arizona since January 2004.

Marisol Hernández (2003) works with Aloecorp in Lyford, Texas. In charge of microbiological quality of Aloe products.

Stephanie Hill (2003) student of medicine in UTMB at Galveston, Texas.

Jessica Ann Adame (2003) presently a successful entrepreneur.  She is the Director of Valley Ventures a Limited Liability Corporation.  She owns two hotels in Texas. 

Sarah Owens (2003) an outstanding student of medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.

Donna Poliquit (2003) student of medicine at UTMB at Galveston, Texas.

Lara Powell-Gomez (2003) was a student of medicine at UTMB at Galveston. Tragically died in late August 2004 in Galveston, Texas.

Jennifer Pulido (2003) now working in a commercial firm in San Antonio. Misses UTPA. Plans to return to the Valley and apply for admission to the PA program.

Alma Rodríguez (2003) student of dental hygiene at the University of Texas, Houston Health Science Center.

Annette Rodríguez (2003) now a microbiology technician at Microbiology Specialty Lab in Edinburg, Texas.

Jaime Rueda, Jr. (2003) has started Medicine in the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston (TX). He is interested in pediatrics and medicine. Expects to graduate in 2007.

Erica Salinas (2003) student of medicine in the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas.

2002

John Tagle (2002) graduated from Texas A&M Kingsville in Plant and Soil Sciences.  Currently working with the US Customs as an Agricultural Specialist.

Ismael Luna (2002) is currently the owner and manager of Lanadee's Restaurant located in the corner of Trenton and Jackson in Edinburg, Texas.

Roberto González (2002) starting his fourth year of medicine in UT-Houston and plans to return to the Rio Grande Valley to practice Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Pedro Bustamante (2002) studied medicine in Baylor. Currently a Psychiatry resident at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

René Luna (2002) studying medicine in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

David Benavides (2002) studying medicine at UTMB at Galveston, TX.

Steven García (2002) studied medicine at UTMB Galveston. Currently an Anaesthesiologist resident at UTMB, Galveston, TX.

Alfredo Hernández (2002) started postgraduate work in Biochemistry at Texas A&M University as of September 1, 2004. Now, doing a postdoctoral work at Harvard University.

Gonzalo Pérez-García (2002) studied medicine in Baylor. Currently a Psychiatry resident at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

Nicolás Guerra (2002) studied medicine in Baylor. Currently a Pediatrics resident at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

Patricia Wawroski (2002) studied medicine in Baylor. Currently an Anaesthesiologist resident in Florida.

Gaudencio Olguin (2002) studied medicine at UT-Southwestern University in Dallas.

Linda Jo Saenz (2002) studied medicine at UT-San Antonio, TX.

Amanda Garza (2002) studied medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

Jessica Ruiz (2002) works as a sales representative for Pearson Addison-Wesley and Pearson Benjamin Cummings scientific books. E-mail: jessica.ruiz@aw.com.

Crystal Acevedo (2002) studied medicine at UTMB in Galveston. She is a Pediatrics resident, TX.

Crystal Kelly (2002) studied medicine at UTMB at Galveston. Applying for OB/GYN.

Mayra B. Elizondo (2002) studied of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Family medicine resident.

Natalie Ayala (2002) student of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

Annabelle Lozano (2002) student of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

Ruby Gómez (2002) is now a teacher at La Joya Independent School District. She manifests that she misses everything and everybody in the Biology Department.

Iulia Elena Gherman (2002). Native of Romania. Iulia has been enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine in Saba (Caribbean Island) in association with the University of New York.

Janis DeLuna (2002) plans to study medicine at UT-Health and Science Center. At present, Janis is working in Telemundo/Fox TV news.

Rafael Carrales (2002) is teaching in Mission Veterans High School. He plans to take a masters in microbiology in the near future.

Andy Rodríguez (2002) works with Frank Smith Toyota as a vehicle salesperson.

Haruna Kato (2002) currently studying medicine a Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Eduardo Aguilar (2002) is currently teaching 7th grade science at PSJISD in Pharr (TX), and coaching cross country at the same school.

Elizabeth Gutiérrez (now Cavazos) (2002) has successfully finished her Master of Public Health degree this summer- She presently holds a position as a Coordinator for the Hidalgo/Starr County MedEd Program UTHSCSA - South Texas Programs.

Peña Edith (2002) started Dental School in San Antonio in the summer of 2004. Edith can be reached at edithpena@sbcglobal.net

Sylvia Vela (2002) has been accepted in the faculty of Medicine at UTMB at Galveston, Texas.

2001

Jorge Castillo (2001) has graduated in dentistry and now works at Dr. Tagle's Dentistry Center in McAllen at Fern Street.

Martha Martínez (2001) director of the World Birding Center with headquarters in Weslaco (TX).

Carla Perez (2001) currently finishing her career in Law at the University of Seattle. Carla specialized in immigration law since August 2008. Married to Aravind Ramakrishnan MD, oncologist and stem cell researcher. Both live in Seattle (WA).

Celia Saldaña (2001) has been teaching secondary science at Mission High School. Now, pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Cecilia Sánchez (2001) studied at the Baylor College of Medicine where she specialized in ophthalmology.

Brian Jameson (2001) graduated with honors in Dietetics. He worked as a clinical dietitian for some years. He was planning to undertake a career in the health area.
Joseph Kowalski (B.S. 1997, M.S. in 2001). Magna cum Laude in 1997. Currently science department chair at Nikki Rowe High School, McAllen.

Celeste Moreno (2001) works as an 8th grade science teacher in La Joya High School, La Joya (TX).

Christi Pereira (2001) works in Abott Laboratories in Irving, Texas; and, is in charge of the immunochemistry analyzer equipment.

Lynette Guerra (2001) has been promoted to a Counselor position in La Joya High School.

Kimberly Mackie (2001) is teaching anatomy and physiology, and physics and chemistry at Mission High School. Obtained her masters in biology is currently enrolled in thePhysician Assistant Program at UTPA.

Mónica Gutiérrez (2001) at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. She holds a Masters in Nutrition.

Veronica Romero (2001) teaches science at Anne Richard High School in La Joya, Texas. Graduate student at this department.

Erica (Ruiz) Espinoza (2001) medical student at UTMB, Galveston, Texas. After her graduation, Erica completed a family medicine residency program at Baylor College of Medicine/Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston, Texas.  Now practicing medicine in McAllen, Texas.

2000

Alejandro Martínez (2000) graduated from the Texas Chiropractic College of Houston in 2004. He has opened a clinic (Lone Star Neurodiagnostics) in McAllen by March. 2005. His email is alejandrotmartinez@hotmail.com

Aaron Guerra (2000) graduated as a chiropractor and has his clinic in McAllen, Texas.

Xavier Garcia-Rojas (2000) will graduate in medicine in May 2005 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. Xavier has been funded by a grant from the Howard Huges Medical Institute for Research in Human Medical Genetics. He plans to specialize in radiology.

Anthony M. Martínez (2000) graduated in medicine in 2004 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He is currently in Emergency Medicine at the University of Texas Houston Medical/Hermann Hospital.

Omar Daniel Rodríguez (2000) after several stints in medical studies and laboratory research, discovered his true passion for food and is getting ready to embark on further studies a the Culinary Institute of America in upstate New York starting Fall 2004.

Jesús Alejandro Rodríguez (2000) got involved in biomedical research at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio for one year before enrolling into the Medical School there in 2001. He is currently on track to receive his MD in 2005 and plans his residence in Family Medicine.

Jeffrey M. Pierce (2000) graduated in medicine in 2004 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He is currently a resident in Family Medicine at the University of California-Santa Rosa in Northern California.

Melissa Ríos (Eddy) (2000) is an AP Biology teacher at McAllen Memorial High School. McAllen, Texas.

Esperanza Gutierrez (2000) is a science teacher who teaches anatomy and microbiology at the PSJA School District.

María Guadalupe Luna (2000) received her MD from Baylor College of Medicine in 2004 and is currently a resident in internal medicine at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, TX.

Carlos Stewart (2000) presently employed as a Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, and Trauma via the Emergency Nursing Association at San Antonio's Baptist Hospital. He can be reached at (210) 666-3002. Carlos is trying to join the U.S. Navy as a Nurse Corps Officer.

Criselda Suarez (2000) presently an optometrist and works in Edinburg, TX.

A. Mitome (2000) is a physician graduated from the University of Houston.

Ada K. Vela (2000) graduated from the University of Houston in 2004.  Presently working as a pharmacist at CVS at Edinburg.

1999

Chris Barreiro (1999) graduated from the Texas Chiropractic College of Houston in 2003. He has his office in McAllen, Texas.

Dalia Galicia (1999) graduated in medicine in 2003 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Emiliana Guerra (1999) has been working as a science teacher in Roma (Texas).
Oscar Eduardo Lara (1999) lives in McAllen and works as a paramedic in Brownsville (Texas).

Merlita González (1999) graduate in medicine in the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. Her email is merlys06@yahoo.com.

Maria E. Lozano Gorena (1999) graduated in medicine in 2003 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Melissa Ochoa Pérez (1999) graduated in medicine in 2003 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Noe Olvera (1999) graduated in medicine in 2003 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Angela Partida (1999) graduated in medicine in 2003 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Adriana L. Rivera (1999) graduated in medicine in 2004 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Ruben Ruiz (1999) obtained his masters in May 2006. Worked for some years in the Texas Department of Transportation. Since 2007, Ruben has been an active member of the US Customs and Border Protection where he works as an agriculture specialist.

Santiago Treviño (1999) working as a varsity coach in Brownsville (TX). He coaches two diving teams, one private and the other one public. His email is coachsanca@yahoo.com.
Planning to undertake a master degree program at UTPA.

Grace N. Córtez Jackson (1999) graduated in medicine in 2004 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

1998

Adame-Gamel Noemi (1998). She went to medical school at UTMB in Galveston and she is currently finishing up her residency in Utah.

José Alvarado (1998) works as an agricultural officer with the Customs Border Protection Agency of Texas..

Ricardo Acosta (1998) works as an agricultural officer with the Customs Border Protection Agency of Texas.
Michel Gorena (1998) has finished medical school at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 2003.

Jacob Schneider (1998) is teaching all level biology at MedHigh Shool in Mercedes, Texas.

Maribel Martínez (1998) now working with the Secret Service in McAllen, Texas.

Alejandro Martinez (1998) a successful chiropractor and neurodiagnostics specialist at the Lonestar Neuro Diagnostics and Rehab Center located at 5000 N. 23rd Suite G in McAllen, Texas.
 
Marissa Gómez Martínez (1998) has finished medical school at the Baylor College of Medicine in 2002.

Hope Ellen Davis (1998) studied Law in Houston, Texas.

Maritza Gómez Martínez (1998) graduated in medicine in 2002 at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Roberto 'Bobby' Zúñiga (1998) works at UPS in McAllen, Texas.

1997

Azeneth Barrera (1997) obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in 2005. Recently working on herpesviruses and hepatitis B virus at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research and at the Children's Cancer Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas.

Jeff Rupert (1997) obtained his MS in Biology from UTPA. He has worked for Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge (LRGVNWR), Alamo, Texas, since then. He is currently refuge manager for LRGVNWR.

Charles Castillo (1997) received a BS in Biology in 1995 and a MS in Biology in 1997 from UTPA. Worked as a General Biology and Anatomy & Physiology instructor at South Texas Community College, now South Texas College, for two years. Charles currently works at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, Texas, teaching General Biology (Botany & Zoology) and Anatomy & Physiology.
Corinna Rupert (1997) obtained his MS in Biology at UTPA. Corinna teaches biology at
South Texas College, McAllen, Texas.

Chris Gamel (1997). Master's degree from UTPA in 1997. PhD from TAMU-Galveston's cooperative program. He teaches Biology and Nature Photography at the Salt Lake Community College; Zoology and Ecology at Weber State University; and Advanced Nature Photography courses at the University of Utah's Continuing Education Program. He is the Chair of the Education Committee for the North American Nature Photography Association, and a monthly columnist for Photo Migrations Magazine.

Melissa Ochoa-Perez (1997) graduated as a doctor of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in May, 2003. She will continue with her education and will specialize in psychiatry.

Michael Alan Gorena (1997) graduated as a doctor of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in May, 2003. He plans to study internal medicine.

Dalia Giovanna Galicia (1997) graduated as a doctor of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in May, 2003. She will specialize in internal medicine.

Angela Elizabeth Partida (1997) graduated as a doctor of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in May, 2003. She will specialize in psychiatry.

1996

Roberto (Bob) Gorena (1996) obtained his MS from UTPA/Biology Department under the direction of Dr. Tim Brush. Bobb obtained his Ph.D. in entomology from Texas A&M University and is now an entomologist of the Texas Department of Health, working on mosquito control. He also teaches part time at San Jacinto College in Houston (TX). He can be reached at his email address at www.harriscountyhealth.com.

Lyssa Neida Ochoa (1996) graduated as a doctor of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in May, 2003. She will continue to specialize in general surgery.

María E. Lozano-Gorena (1996) graduated as a doctor of medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in May, 2003. She plans to be an anesthesiologist.

Angelica Cisneros (1996) been working as a biology teacher at PSJA Memorial High School in Alamo (Texas). She has enrolled in graduate studies after 10 years of academic practice. Still single and she sings and play in a salsa band.

Roberto Chavana is a prestigious chiropractor in Edinburg.

1989

Ardath Egle (1989) lecturer of biology at our department.
Juan Mata (1979) obtained a degree in physical therapy at the University of Texas, Southwestern campus in Dallas. He currently practices at the Mata Physical Therapy in McAllen.

1979

Carlos Rodriguez (1979) obtained a degree in physical therapy at the University of Texas, Southwestern campus in Dallas. He works as a physical therapist in Harlingen, Texas.

1966

Antonio de la Peña (1966), former assistant professor who was associated with our department since his graduation. Retired in December 2005. Enjoys golf.