The team has received many students from different universities and has also mentored youngsters in scientific research.

2022 has been a very active year. Our team has received high school students, JULIA Program, Networking Program, Florida State University, Universidad Latina de Panamá, Catholic University USMA from Chitré, are some of the students that received classes and training.

SENACYT program called JULIA which aimed to link young students with great scientists and learn about their different projects, in which she was mentored by Dr. Carmenza Spadafora.

Betzaida Domínguez with her JULIA mentor Carmenza Spadafora .
Ana Patricia Valencia with her JULIA mentor Dr. Lorena Coronado
From left to right: Claudia Villalobos, Dr. Carmenza Spadafora, Betzaida Domínguez, Dr. Lorena Coronado, Ana Valencia
Students from Florida State University’s biology course, guided by Professor Mirella Martínez, receive basic training in molecular biology from Jafeth Carrasco. This as part of the agreement signed between FSU and INDICASAT.
Dr Carmenza Spadafora with Dr. Maytee Zambrano at the first Encounter of SENACYT Program NETWORKING R+D for University of Panama Students and local researchers.
Students from Catholic University USMA from Chitré received training in cellular and molecular biology techniques by Jafeth Carrasco
Florida State University students.

Jafeth Carrasco, new Bachellor of Science!

We are pleased to share the successful Bachelor of Science thesis defense of our dear colleague Jafeth Carrasco, entitled “Construction of a Bacterial Biosensor for the Detection of Cyanide Based on the Expression of the Fluorescent Protein E2-Crimson”. Jafeth financed his project with a grant for New Researchers from the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT).

In the picture: Natasha Gómez, B.Sc, original initiator of the project; thesis mentors and directors Carmenza Spadafora, PhD.; Dalila Montañez, PhD.; Jordi Querol, PhD; Ariel Magallón, PhD. In the middle, Jafeth Carrasco, new Bachellor of Science!

“Women in Science”

The Italo-Latin America Institute (IILA) and the International Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in Italy, partnered with both The System for Integration (SICA)- and the Educational and Cultural Coordination (CECC) of Central American Countries to bring a model scientist to the classroom of Dominican Republic school girls. This was part of the coordinated efforts carried out to entice little girls to follow careers in STEM. Carmenza Spadafora was the Motivational Speaker chosen for this Forum named “Women in Science”

We have a new graduate!

Patrick Padmore obtained his B.Sc. diploma under Dr. Lorena Coronado´s tutorship. Patrick studied a Major in Biotechnology from Universidad Latina de Panamá and has since been trained by Doriana Dorta on the use and management of the Optical Tweezers, helping out in Lorena´s project and other users of the equipment.