Guest Speaker - Angel Rivera, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Dr. Rivera started his career at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory conducting research in environmental microbiology, and genomics. He received his MS and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he initially researched biochemical regulatory mechanisms in Salmonella enterica, ultimately stirring towards studying bacterial community structures in primates’ vaginal canals and impacts on women’s health. He later joined an academic consortium comprising British Petroleum, the University of Illinois and the University of California Berkeley for his postdoctoral work. There he shifted interest to biofuel production and enhanced protein secretion systems by thermophilic bacteria. Dr. Rivera joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a research microbiologist for the National Center for Environmental Health. Presently, he works on microbial ecology studies in smokeless tobacco products, with emphasis on microbial diversity and genetic context. Additionally, Dr. Rivera leads research on the inhibition of the enzyme monoamine oxidase and linkages to pharmacokinetic properties by compounds found in cigarette smoke and other nicotine delivery devices.
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