James J. Valdés PhD.

Postdoc

James J. Valdés

room: PaÚ 614
phone: +420 387 775 491
email: valdjj@gmail.com

Education

2004-2009       Ph.D. Florida International University (Biology) Doctoral thesis: “Estrogen and Lithium: Facilitating Factors Involved in Brain Cell Signaling Pathways”, Doctoral Advisor: Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks

1998-2001      B.A.    Florida International University (Psychology)

1996-1998      A.A.    Miami-Dade Community College (Psychology)

Academic Positions

Spring 2010     Supervisor for the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Fellow Peer-to-Peer Workshops, Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences, Miami, FL

2004 - 2005     Teaching Assistant, Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences, Miami, FL

2003 – 2010    Minority Undergraduate Mentor in Biological Research, Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences, Miami, FL

Positions and Employment

2011-Present   Junior Research Scientist, Laboratory of Genomics and Proteomics of Disease Vectors Biology centre of ASCR, Institute of Parasitology (České Budějovice, Czech Republic)

Summer 2011 Visiting Scientist, Center for Tropical Plant Conservation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (Coral Gables, FL)

Summer 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, ICREA Life Science Department at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (Barcelona, Spain)

Spring 2010     Neurobiology consultant for 3-D medical animation to depict protein-signaling cascades, Miami, FL (for the proprietor My3DMed; http://my3dmed.com/)

2003 - 2010     Laboratory Manager, Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences, Miami, FL

2000 - 2003     Assistant Coordinator, Roots in the City and Black Florida Exhibit,         Florida International University, Department of Psychology, Miami, FL

Academic, Scientific and Professional Memberships

2006 – 2007    Secretary, Molecular and Cellular Biology Club, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2006                           Member, Society for Neuroscience

2005 – 2006    President, Molecular and Cellular Biology Club, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2005                Member, American Association of Anatomists

2004 – 2005    Graduate Student Organization Representative, Molecular and Cellular Biology Club, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

Fellowships

Summer 2010 NSF Cyberinfrastructure-Partnership for International Research and Education (CI-PIRE) Fellowship, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

09/2009           Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship, Gordon Research Conferences (West Kingston, RI)

2005 – 2009    NIH/NIGMS Minority Biomedical Research Support/Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Graduate Student Fellowship, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

Awards and Certificates

2010                           Certified, Global Scholar, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2009                Travel Award, College of Arts and Sciences, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2009                Travel Award, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2009                Biomedical Research Initiative Summer Award, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2008                Graduate Student Association Travel Award, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2007                Short Course Certified, Applications Of Unbiased Stereology To Neural Systems, Gainesville, Florida

2007                Biomedical Research Initiative Summer Award, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2005                Certified, Howard Hughes Medical Institute New Generation Program for Scientific Teaching, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2005                Graduate Student Association Travel Award, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2005                Certified, Responsible Conduct of Research Program, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2004                Biomedical Research Initiative Summer Award, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

2004                Workshop Certified, University Teaching, Florida International University (Miami, FL)

Publications

1.      Valdés, J.J., Ramirez, F.M., Juarez, B., Weeks, O.I. (2010). Lithium Enhances Cortical mRNA Expression in Ovariectomized C57BL/6J Mice. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 70(3): 288-296.

2.      Valdés, J.J., Weeks, O.I. (2010). Combined Estradiol and Lithium Increase ER-a mRNA in Embryonic C57BL/6J Primary Hippocampal Cultures. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis. 70(3): 297-302.

3.      Lahiri, D., Rouzaud, F., Namin, S., Keshri, A., Valdés, J.J., Kos, L., Tsoukias, N., Agarwal, A., (2009). Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Polylactide-Caprolactone Copolymer: Mechanical Strengthening and Interaction with Human Osteoblasts in vitro". ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 1(11):  2470-2476.

4.      Valdés, J.J., Weeks, O.I. (2009). Lithium: A Potential Estrogen Signaling Modulator. Journal of Applied Biomedicine. 7(4): 175-188.

5.      Valdés, J.J., Weeks, O.I. (2009). Estradiol and Lithium Chloride Specifically Alter NMDA Receptor Subunit NR1 mRNA and Excitotoxicity in Primary Cultures. Brain Research. 1268:1-12.

Presentations

2008                Estrogen and Lithium Alter NMDAR subunit NR1 mRNA and Cell Viability in Cortical and Hippocampal Brain Cell Cultures. Minority Biomedical Research Support Annual symposium (Florida International University, Miami, FL)

2008                Exposure of cultured murine brain cells to both lithium and estrogen results in altered NR1 and GSK-3 beta mRNA expression. Platform presentation at the American Association of Anatomists (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)) annual meeting (San Diego, CA)

2007                Observations of Lithium’s and Estrogen’s Effect on Gene Expression Involved in Learning, Memory and Neuroprotection. Minority Biomedical Research Support Annual symposium (Florida International University, Miami, FL)

2007                An Odyssey to Better Understand Morphological and Molecular Processes Involved in Learning and Memory. Comparative Immunology 8th Annual Symposium (Florida International University, Miami, FL)

2007                From Behavior to Molecules: Preliminary Observation on Lithium’s effect on Learning, Memory and Neuroprotection. Department of Biological Sciences Annual Symposium (Florida International University, Miami, FL)

2004                Lithium: A Memory Enhancer? Comparative Immunology 5th Annual Symposium (Florida International University, Miami, FL)

2004                Lithium and Estrogen: A Synergistic Relationship? Minority Biomedical Research Support Annual symposium (Florida International University, Miami, FL)

Posters

1.      Valdés, J.J., Juarez, B., Ramirez, F.M., Ophelia I. Weeks.  (2009). Lithium Chloride Enhances Episodic Memory and the Expression of Factors Involved in Learning, Memory and Anti-Apoptosis in Estrogen-Deficient Mice. Gordon Research Conference (Les Diablerets, Switzerland)

2.      Valdés, J.J., Weeks, O.I. (2009). Viability of estrogen and lithium-treated primary brain cell cultures following glutamate insult and NR1 mRNA expression of pretreated cultures. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)) annual meeting (New Orleans, LA)

3.      Valdés, J.J., Weeks, O.I. (2006). Lithium Chloride Upregulates Bcl-2 Protein Expression in the Frontal Cortex, Hippocampus and Amygdala of C57BL/6J mice.  Poster Presentation at the 36th Annual Society for Neuroscience meeting (Atlanta, GA)

4.      Valdés, J.J., Volmar, C.-H., Valiente, J., Penaloza, P., Weeks, O.I. (2005). Lithium: A Memory Enhancer. Poster Presentation at the American Association of Anatomists (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)) annual meeting (San Diego, CA)