Department of Biochemistry-Pharmacology

Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Pharmacology of the San Juan Bautista Schoolof Medicine. Here you will find Faculty and Staff that is available to all students to help them maximize their academic achievement through courses and cooperative learning activities.

Our faculty is specialized in different areas of Biochemistry and Pharmacology contributing to the enrichment and diversity of our department.

We currently offer three courses: Medical Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Human Genetics.

Through the Medical Biochemistry Course the faculty strives to convey updated information in this fast-changing and dynamic field of study that applies fundamental techniques to understanding the structures and reactions of living organisms. The teaching methodology comprises lectures, problem-solving exercises, case analysis and discussion. This stimulates critical thinking skills and their application to the practice of modern medicine.

The Human Genetics course has been designed to introduce the basic genetic processes and mechanisms which determine the inheritance and expression of genetic disorders in man. Fundamental principles of diagnosis and treatment of genetic diseases, abnormalities of chromosome and gene structure, applications of molecular biology, introduction to prenatal diagnosis and genetic screening, genetics of cancer, and technological advances in the study of the human genome will also be discussed as relevant to medical practice.

The Pharmacology and Therapeutics Course is designed to presents current information on drugs and their mechanisms of action to medical students through core and other activities. The teaching strategies are designed to integrate the acquired knowledge in Pharmacology to medical practice. The didactic activities establish a bridge between the theoretical aspects of basic Pharmacology and the application of pharmacological intervention in the treatment of diseases.

The department also offers elective in different areas such as Clinical Pharmacology.

Since the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine is a community based school, all courses offer applications to the medical field and are complemented by community based activities that integrate all the principles learned to the day to day activities of a physician.

Research areas within the department include Neuropharmacology, HIV and Pharmacogenetics. All students are also encouraged to participate in biomedical research since the beginning of their first year.

Faculty

Irvin M. Maldonado, Ph.D
Chief Department

Office:
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 242
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Luis Carlos Mej?a, MD
Assistant Professor

Office: F1
Office Hours: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 245
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Alvaro P?rez, MD
Assistant Professor

Office: Research and Planning
Phone: 787-743-3038 Ext. 259
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Walter de Mello, MD


Office:
Phone: 787-743-3038
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