I earned a diploma as a Physician and Surgeon from the University of San Martin de Porres, Human Medicine University, Lima, Peru, I subsequently completed a residency in Oncological Surgery at the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. After, I got my Master of Science at Johns Hopkins University in Biotechnology, MD-US. I worked as postdoctoral in Surgical Oncologist-Cancer Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, US.; Fox Chase Cancer Center, PA, US and the University of Illinois at Chicago, US. Following these exciting research experiences(five years), I worked as an invited professor at the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto-Brazil, in the departments of Gynecology and Surgery(three years). This appointment allowed me to research methionine’s mechanism of inhibition concerning the growth of human pancreatic cancer cells.
I much value my academic, clinical experience and training and the direct impact on patients’ lives that was allowed to me, and research/teaching remains my undeniable calling. The research will enable me to directly impact the underlying mechanisms of cancer and work towards the development of therapies in the prevention and treatment of this deadly disease. This interest in research drew me to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (U.A.B.) and a fellowship in surgical oncology in the T32 basic research program. There, I received an award for excellence in Basic Science Research at the 7th Annual Resident Research Day sponsored by the U.A.B. Department of Surgery and was also presented an AACR Minority Scholar Award in Cancer Research. I continued my cancer biology research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Finally, I completed my postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Following these exciting research experiences, I worked as an invited professor at the University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirao Preto-Brazil, in the departments of Gynecology and Surgery. The above-noted activities had provided me over nine years of experience working at the understanding of new cancer biology mechanism (Benavides MA et al.)
An important point in favor of my teaching skills is that I handle the diversity of the university’s faculty, staff, and students influence my strength, productivity, and intellectual personality. Diversity of experience gained for me, during the work in Peru, the United States and Brazil, contributes to the richness of the environment for teaching and research. I have diversity in discipline, scholarly outlook, cognitive style, and personality to offer students the breadth of ideas that constitute a dynamic intellectual community. I am currently an Adjunct Faculty at Lone Star College in Houston-Texas, and teach Anatomy and Physiology.