Department of Chemical Engineering

ChE Seminar Series: The detection of pro-inflammatory genes in human stool samples-implications for cancer and other inflammatory disease (Speaker: Dr. Abel Baerga UPR – School of Medicine)

Chemical Engineering Seminar Series

Title: The detection of pro-inflammatory genes in human stool samples-implications for cancer and other inflammatory disease

Speaker: Dr. Abel Baerga UPR – School of Medicine

When: October 16, 2014 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Where: INQU Amphitheatre


Abstract. The intestinal environment of mammals is populated by a diverse and complex community of microorganisms, known collectively as the microbiota, which mediate many important biological processes. With the advent of new methods for parallel DNA sequencing, there has been a renewed interest in elucidating the role played by the intestinal microbiota in numerous disorders of the digestive tract. Along these lines of research, our group has detected a number of bacterial genes that have been implicated in inflammation directly in human stool samples. We will present our preliminary attempts to establish the link between these pro-inflammatory genes and diseases of the GI tract. We will also present some ongoing efforts to establish biochemical function for some of these genes.


Bio: Dr. Baerga obtained a BS in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico. He then obtained a PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego where he studied protein-protein interactions in the blood coagulation cascade. Afterwards he was a royal society postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge, investigation the biosynthesis of natural products. Currently he is an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.

Programa Graduado - Google Hangout Live - 10 de octubre de 2014, 10:30 am (AST)

Para apreciar la presentación en "Full Screen" aprete sobre el logo de YouTube que aparce en el marco del video arriba.

ChE Seminar Series: La Propiedad Intelectual - Como Proteger Tu Idea (Speaker: Josiah Hernández - UPRM)

Chemical Engineering Seminar Series
Title: La Propiedad Intelectual - Como Proteger Tu Idea
Speaker: Sr. Josiah Hernández (UPRM)
When and Where: 2 de octubre de 2014 a las 10:30am en el Anfiteatro de INQU
Abstract: En la presentación hablaré sobre los eslabones que existen en la cadena de comercialización de ideas. Cubriré conceptos relacionados con el desarrollo de una idea, que cosas tomar en cuenta a la hora de considerar que opciones hay en cuanto a tu idea y como proteger adecuadamente las innovaciones. 
  • Estudie Ingeniería Electrica en Virginia Tech 2006
  • Trabaje en United States Patent and Trademark Office - 2006-2008
  • Fui director del departamento de Ing. de Computadora en la empresa Landon IP donde daba asosoria sobre la propiedad intelectual para corporaciones multinacionales
  • Estoy cursando la Maestría en Economía Agrícola
  • Llevo 4 años trabajando en la oficina de propiedad intelectual en la universidad

Wi(PR)2EM Seminar: Hydrogen-Transfer Catalysis in Biomass Conversion: From Isomerizations to Hydrogenations

Wisconsin - Puerto Rico Partnership for Research and Education in Materials Seminar Series

Hydrogen-Transfer Catalysis in Biomass Conversion:  From Isomerizations to Hydrogenations

Ive Hermans, PhD

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering

Thursday, August 28, 2014

10:30AM Nursing Amphitheater


Catalytic hydrogen-transfer reactions are an indispensable type of transformations in biomass upgrading. In the first part of my presentation, Lewis-acid catalyzed isomerization of hexose sugars over Sn-Beta zeolite will be discussed using various spectroscopic and kinetic methods. Over the last years, a lot of academic effort has been made in understanding this reaction, since it is a key step in the catalytic upgrading of glucose towards numerous valuable chemical products. In the second part I will address the reductive upgrading of furfural-derivatives using transfer hydrogenation/hydrogenolysis under continuous flow conditions. For both case studies, emphasis will be put on chemical kinetics as a tool to understand the reaction mechanisms and to optimize the reaction engineering.

Biographical sketch:

After receiving his M.Sc. in physical chemistry from K.U.Leuven in Belgium (2002), Ive Hermans obtained a Ph.D. under the supervision of Profs. Pierre Jacobs and Jozef Peeters (2006). In addition to his scientific education, Ive Hermans also holds a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from the Leuven School of Business and Economics (K.U.Leuven, 2006). After a post-doc on in situ spectroscopy with Prof. Alfons Baiker, Ive Hermans became assistant professor for heterogeneous catalysis at ETH Zurich (2008). In 2009 he received the ExxonMobil Chemical European Science and Engineering Award. Since January 2014 he is an Associate Professor at UW-Madison, holding a dual appointment in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.