Elsie I. Parés-Matos

Title: Professor
Company: The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Location: Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, United States

Elsie Parés-Matos, Professor at The University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in organic chemistry and biochemistry education.

Dr. Parés-Matos prepared for her career by earning a Master of Science in bio-organic chemistry in 1990. Following her graduation, she accepted a position as a professor at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, where she has taught biochemistry, biophysical chemistry and organic chemistry. In 2000, Dr. Parés-Matos earned a PhD in biochemistry from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She attributes her success to her good intentions, as well as her genuine love for and interest in her field—she has always strived to create a positive opportunity for others to learn.

As a respected and accomplished professional in her field, Dr. Parés-Matos has been published in various articles and professional journals. Among her publication credits, she has contributed to “Exploring transcription factor binding properties of several noncoding DNA sequence elements in the human NF-IL6 gene,” “Exploring the characteristics of sequence elements in proximal promoters of human genes,” and “Electrophoretic mobility-shift and super-shift assays for studies and characterization of protein-DNA complexes.” Dr. Parés-Matos is interested in a variety of research areas, including recombinant DNA technology, eukaryotic gene expression, DNA-protein interactions, protein-protein interactions, and protein functions, among others.

For her excellence as an educator and researcher, Dr. Parés-Matos has been recognized with myriad awards. In 2005, she earned an ACS ChemLuminary Award: Education in Chemistry, in 2007, she earned a Coordinator Award from the 31st ACS Senior Technical Meeting, and in 2014, she received the Best Mentor Award from the Industrial Biotechnology Student Association. Dr. Parés-Matos is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Eli Lilly Academy Family, and in her spare time, she enjoys seeing films, going on vacations, and spending time with family and friends.

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