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Juan M

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Dartmouth College


Cell cycle, Kinases, Phosphoproteomics, Proteomics, Mass Spectrometry, CRISPR


Hi! I am a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, earning a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Currently, I am a 5th year Ph.D. student, a RISE scholar, and a Ryan Fellow studying in the Department of Molecular and Systems Biology. My research employs auxin-inducible degron (AID) technology in conjunction with quantitative phosphoproteomics to identify potential substrates of kinases of interest to decipher their signaling in basic biology and disease. Outside the lab, I can be found following (and trying to understand!) the economy and playing board games. Through my career I have found the passions that drive my interest in science include the opportunity to try new things, the discovery of the unknown, and the chance to teach people new topics, which is also why I really enjoy board games!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Mass Spectrometry and You

Come learn about the different uses and applications of one of the most fascinating instruments that any scientist could have in their tool belt! Fundamental and translational research topics include, but are not limited to: proteomics, metabolomics, drug discovery, environmental and forensic analyses, etc. This project consists of researching and understanding how a mass spectrometer works and how it can be used for almost any project you could imagine.

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Teaching experience

As an undergraduate I tutored Chemistry and as part of the requirements for my Ph.D. program I had to opportunity to be T.A for an undergraduate laboratory in Physiology.


Work experience

The Ohio State University (2016 - 2017)
Post Bac
University of Wisconsin (2014 - 2014)
Summer Intern


University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
BS Bachelor of Science (2016)
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Dartmouth College
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Molecular and Systems Biology

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