Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics & Adjunct Professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, PR.
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The long-term goal of Dr. Torres’s research laboratory is to understand the relationship between DNA damage, mitochondrial DNA instability, and mitochondrial physiology in the context of carcinogenesis. Dr. Torres’s background in cancer research is extensive, starting when he was an undergraduate student working with mouse hepatoma cell lines and then continuing with his doctoral studies in Human Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (UTMB). For Dr. Torres’s postdoctoral fellowship, he decided to change both his research area and experimental model and joined the laboratories of Drs. Louise and Satya Prakash at UTMB to study the molecular genetics of DNA repair in yeast cells. After a very productive postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Torres became an Assistant Professor and decided to focus his research in mtDNA repair using yeast as a model organism. Subsequently, Dr. Torres started to use a mouse model to study mtDNA damage and repair in the context of cancer and aging. Dr. Torres currently uses both experimental models, yeast cells and mice, to ask basic questions regarding the molecular basis of cancer.